‘Below Deck Med’: How Can You Reduce Seasickness?

Anyone who has endured seasickness empathized with third stew Kasey Cohen from Below Deck Mediterranean. The third stew threw up into a bucket nonstop, while still trying to do her job.

She eventually had to seek medical treatment in order to stay for the rest of the season. She wore sea bands, which are a non-medical way to treat seasickness, but told Showbiz Cheat Sheet what ultimately helped her.

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Cohen said the Italian doctor she visited told her she was dehydrated and prescribed her some anti-nausea medication. She also found that working above deck helped too. “I also had to get used to the water, but later I had more responsibility in terms of being in the fresh air and being around the guests,” she shared.

Even the most experienced yachtie can get sick

Fans wondered if Cohen never worked on boats. However, she’s an experienced yachtie so being seasick came as a surprise. I’m always fine,” she said because she’s worked on boats in Long Island, New York. “I get into the Mediterranean and I think it was just the waters because it is so rough compared to the water back here.”

She also shared that Captain Lee Rosbach from Below Deck voiced his support for her by sharing his own story of being seasick. “Captain Lee said that he had gotten seasickness and the whole time he was on the bridge he had a bucket next to him,” she says. “He defended me which was really nice.”

Captain Sandy Yawn from Below Deck Med also shared that seas in the Med can be especially rocky. She told Showbiz Cheat Sheet about a time she faced 70 to 100 knots of wind that came out of nowhere.“It’s like the mountains burped,” she said. “It’s so weird. It was 100 knots of wind for 15 minutes. But then it calmed right now. But the Med is really unpredictable.”

How can you reduce seasickness?

In a recent episode of Below Deck Med, chief stew Hannah Ferrier moves an extremely seasick charter guest to the highest area of the boat. She shares that being higher and getting fresh air helps. Meanwhile other guests, who were sitting upstairs in the fresh air claim they felt fine. Ferrier also works on the pressure points on the guest’s wrists and she eventually feels better.

So why do some people get seasick? According to The Maritime Exclusive, it has everything to do with the inner ear. “Seasickness is a result of a conflict in the inner ear, where the human balance mechanism resides, and is caused by a vessel’s erratic motion on the water. Inside the cabin of a rocking boat, for example, the inner ear detects changes in both up-and-down and side-to-side acceleration as one’s body bobs along with the boat.” Most people who become seasick experience it within 12 to 24 hours of setting sail.

The good news is you can get past being seasick. Like Cohen, you can try prescription medication and getting fresh air. Plus don’t stand still in one place. “Most people find that being busy keeps their minds off their discomfort,” according to The Maritime Executive. “Stay on deck, even if it’s raining, because the fresh air is often enough to speed recovery. The closed-in quarters below deck magnify the vessel’s motion and worsen symptoms.”