Two Excellent Articles: Avoiding Seasickness and Playing in the Surf Zone [Good Reads]

Tuesday, 21 June 2011


Over the past week two really good articles were posted online that I would have a lifetime of regrets if I didn’t mention them.

Firstly, head over to and read Wayne Horodowich’s fantastic post, The Seasick Paddler. Getting seasick while on the water is one of the worst things that a paddler can face. Simply put, your paddling day is done and you are in for some good times throwing up or feeling like you are about to.

If you are in any type of leadership position (or paddle with friends) then you owe it to your clients/students to read the article.

Here is a quick teaser of something I hadn’t thought about:

[blockquote]Anyone who has ever vomited knows that during the regurgitation process your normal breathing is interrupted. When your trunk muscles contract you are not able to inhale. However, after you do expel the contents of your stomach you usually feel a need for a big breath. Imagine if you leaned over the side of your kayak to vomit and you capsized in the process. Do you think you would have the control to hold your breath and not inhale while you were under the water? If you have that kind of control great. If not, you may suffer severe consequences. The protocol I developed for our classes and trips was to educate the paddlers when and how to vomit if they did get sick.[/blockquote]

Click through for the full article.

Kayak Surf, Lake Ontario

The other great article was written by Eric Soares on Entering the Surf Zone. Its chalk full chock-full of tips and ideas for anybody who is nervous or has had trouble leaving the beach while waves are rolling in around you.

[blockquote]The worst likely thing to happen is you get wet.  Big deal.  So don a wetsuit or drysuit or whatever clothing you need to make you comfortable in the surf, and then wade out in it.  Let the breakers hit you.  Practice jumping over the waves and diving under and right through them.  Swim around in small surf and eventually progress up to 3-foot waves.  Body surf until you get a few good rides under your belt.  Once you feel good swimming in surf, the worst is over. The fear of getting wet is replaced with the joy of immersion in ionized water.  You are now ready to paddle through the surf.[/blockquote]

Read the full article here.

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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