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This Online Study Guide has been approved by Transport Canada strictly on the basis that it meets the requirements of the Standard for Pleasure Craft Operator Card Testing over the Internet (TP 15080E) and the Boating Safety Course and Test Syllabus (TP 14932E). This approval does not represent confirmation of authorship by the course provider. Feel free to look around, but you’ll need to register to begin progress toward getting your Pleasure Craft Operator Card

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Seasickness is discomfort a person can experience while on board a pleasure craft that is underway. Seasickness can be caused by your body sensing one motion and your eyes seeing a different motion. For example, if you are below deck while the pleasure craft is riding heavy waves, you may not see the waves, but your body will feel them. This could make you seasick.

  • Symptoms of Seasickness
    • Lethargy
    • Drowsiness
    • Nausea
    • Sweating
    • Vomiting
  • Treatment of Seasickness
    • Stop the motion, if possible.
    • Do not attempt to perform tasks because seasickness disrupts concentration.
    • Sit or lie down on the deck and look at the horizon, but avoid direct sunlight. You also may sit or lie down in a cabin in the centre of the pleasure craft, where it is more stable and movement is reduced.
    • Take a motion sickness medication, preferably before you go out on the water. These drugs may either sedate you or reduce your symptoms of nausea and vomiting.