Ocean swimming and sea sickness are two things you don’t necessarily think go together.
Usually, when you think of seasickness you think of being on a boat in rough seas, but did you know many ocean swimmers also suffer from seasickness?
Unfavourable conditions such as heavy surface chop and rolling swell, particularly in open bodies of water such as in channels and around headlands can really upset the stomach.
There is nothing worse than getting queasy or even vomiting while you are trying to enjoy the beauty of the glorious big blue.
In this article, we cover when you are most likely to get seasick while ocean swimming, what it feels like and how to prevent it.
In general, swimmers who tend to get seasick say it is brought on by swimming in big rough rolling swells. Often, these swimmers also suffer from car sickness or have suffered from car sickness as a child.
Perhaps the next most common time to feel seasick is when stopping to chat with your swim buddies. Sea sickness can occur during this time because you have stopped moving and the movement of the ocean will start to sway you and can happen with or without a swell rolling.
Nausea is the most common symptom, which is much like the feeling you get if you’ve ever suffered from car sickness. Some swimmers can experience a multitude of symptoms, including:
There doesn’t seem to be a single cure for preventing seasickness; it can be different for everyone; what might work for one swimmer might not work for the next.
We’ve compiled a list of our best remedies for preventing seasickness while ocean swimming, collected from the feedback of ocean swimmers:
*Please note drowsiness is a common side effect of motion sickness drugs. Swimming while on these drugs may not be advisable. Please discuss the pros and cons of taking these tablets with your doctor. It is advised to try the medication out before swimming on it, while on land, to gauge any side effects.
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