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Hayley Van Der Walt shares her secrets…. well, NOT ALL of Them!! That’s just a scary thought! This article – as posted on gives away a secret many aren’t aware of!!

Are you sick of getting sick? Is sea sickness holding you back from adventures on the high seas? You want to sail, go shark cage diving, kayaking with whales and scenic boat trips, but just know that your day will be ruined and unpleasant because of rampant vomiting? Well, I’m going to share a secret with you.

I’ve worked for 15 years in the tourist industry and our main area of expertise is organising Great White Shark cage diving trips, whale watching boat tours and kayaking trips with Southern Rights whales. All these amazing, exciting and thrilling adventures are on the infamously chilly and often lumpy, Southern Atlantic Ocean, so we know a few things about vomiting over the side of a boat!

Having booked months in advance, waited and willed the months away, at home, cold and miserable, counting the days until you finally arrive at your destination; that Great White Shark cage diving trip just hours away from departure. A 3m swell and the smell of chummy fish guts will not deter you initially, the thrill of actually being on board, adrenalin rushing, heart beating wilding with the adventure of it all, you are finally going to see these amazing creatures up close and personal for the first time…

Then your stomach does that sideways lurch, telling you it’s not feeling at all happy, at first you try to ignore it, this is far too important an experience to start feeling unwell. This is on your bucket list for crying out loud, you will not allow sea sickness to spoil your day… Oh but spoil it will and horribly so, you might well spend the next fours hours hurling yesterdays lunch, last nights dinner and all of your breakfast into shark infested waters. And will you care about seeing these amazing creatures then? No you will not, you will by now happily pay double the price to be taken off the boat and back onto dry land where you can die peacefully.

All those people who just said, ‘keep your eyes on the horizon’ or ‘apply pressure to your chakras’ they obviously don’t get motion sick, because let me tell you, once you start feeling like crap, none of that helps!

How different it could have been if you’d met me before your departure, because I’ve been told a secret about how to avoid getting sea-sick and I’m going to share it with you now.

Most people assume that an anti-nausea pill will do the trick and many people have heard the advice that for those who really suffer with sea sickness, take one at bedtime the night before your trip and another in the morning before the boat launches. It does help, but can also make you very sleepy. What you need is a special combination.

You need to take one anti-nausea pill (preferably one that doesn’t make you drowsy) and one anti-spasmodic (the little pills you’d take for tummy cramps). Take these two pills 1hr before the boat leaves the harbour. The two together are an amazing cure for sea sickness. The product name in South Africa for the anti-spasmodic is Buscopan and most people suggest Sturgeon as the anti-nausea.

I’m no medical professional, so if you think you might be allergic or have some aversion to taking over the counter meds, just don’t take them.