Monday, December 11, 2017

Lyme Disease Prevention and Treatment

Lyme Disease Prevention and Treatment

May 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. While boaters look forward to warm weather, this is the time that ticks carrying Lyme disease are most active. Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness in North America and Europe, carried by blacklegged (deer) ticks. If left untreated. Lyme disease can cause many health problems including issues with joints, heart, and/or the […]

Buoyed by the Water: H20 and Cerebral Palsy

Buoyed by the Water: H20 and Cerebral Palsy

November 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Boaters never leave safety and health on the shore, and for those that have cerebral palsy, it is important to take extra precautionary measures while on the water. Cerebral palsy (CP) is a disorder of movement and muscle tone that most often occurs before birth and presents signs and symptoms early in life. CP causes […]

Boating with Parkinson’s Disease

Boating with Parkinson’s Disease

September 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Exercise, fresh air, and enjoying good times with family and friends are important to boaters for many reasons. Those with Parkinson’s disease know that staying active and socializing contribute to their quality of life. Parkinson’s disease is a chronic progressive neurological disease that affects nerve cells in the brain. These are the cells that produce […]

Keeping the Beat on the Boat: Learn CPR

Keeping the Beat on the Boat: Learn CPR

July 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Great weather and opportunities to spend time on the water with family and friends seem like celebrations. Yet along with all the fun comes an obligation to stay safe when away from shore and medical help. Properly working safety equipment, a well-stocked first aid kit, and life jackets for all aboard are part of […]

Aching Ears at Sea

Aching Ears at Sea

June 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

As boaters, we’re excited to make the best use of great summer weather and all our available free time. We think that minor health problems shouldn’t stop us from getting out on the water, and usually they don’t. However, some common ailments such as an ear infection or ache can be more serious if we […]

Boating with Lupus

Boating with Lupus

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Lupus, formally known as systemic lupus erythematosus is a disease of the immune system that attacks tissues in various parts of the body. If you have lupus, it’s likely you’ve been warned that sunlight aggravates the disease. However, with the proper precautions, boating can still be a part of your life. The immune system […]

Sailing With Down Syndrome

Sailing With Down Syndrome

January 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Boaters look forward to warmer weather so they are able to go out on the water with friends and family, and that includes children and adults with Down syndrome. According to the National Down Syndrome Society of New York (NDSS), Down syndrome (DS) occurs when an individual has additional genetic material that alters the […]

October 2014 Featured Writer

October 2014 Featured Writer

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Jennifer Pollock is a writer and editor who writes about health, nutrition, boating, arts and entertainment, and water sports. Her hobbies include travel, water sports, and boating, which she has loved since she was a young child.

Avoiding or Treating Environmental Illness

Avoiding or Treating Environmental Illness

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A boater’s goal is to spend as much time outdoors and on the water as possible. However, there are known and hidden environmental concerns that may cause illness for some. Awareness and eliminating —or avoiding— certain triggers may enhance overall health and well being. Environmental illness can affect our daily lives and curtail activities. According […]

Loving the Water with MS

Loving the Water with MS

November 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

People affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) are drawn to the water since it’s there that they can move more freely than on land. Aquatic activities offer exercise possibilities in places such as Camp Hemlocks in Fairfield County, Connecticut, a year-round camp with special swim and boating programs for disabled persons.  Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune […]

All in Stride, Handicapable Boating

All in Stride, Handicapable Boating

February 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. Living with any type of disability presents numerous challenges in everyday life, such as being excluded from enjoyable activities like going for a swim or paddling a kayak. Recognizing that, STRIDE was created to help those with handicaps enjoy sports and overcome (emotional and physical) barriers. Mary Ellen Whitney was an adaptive physical education […]

TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL: Boat Safely with Autistic Children

TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL: Boat Safely with Autistic Children

January 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

All boating parents focus on keeping their kids safe, but for families with children on the autism spectrum, safeguarding them while aboard requires extra precautionary measures.

Nautical Nuisances

Nautical Nuisances

August 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

. When it comes to boating, we don’t want anything to mar a pleasurable day. Since irritations are lurking everywhere, take our advice to keep summer’s annoyances in check. Mosquitoes & Flies These flying pests zoom in with dirt and possible disease, and,  in between, a whole lot of pain and itchiness. As itchiness can […]

Boat Safely With Asthma

Boat Safely With Asthma

August 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

When diagnosed with a chronic condition such as asthma, it is easy to believe you’ll experience recreational limitations. Don’t tell that to Olympic swimming champions Mark Spitz and Amy Van Dyken, who have asthma, but never let it hold them back!

All Aboard! Boating with Fibromyalgia

All Aboard! Boating with Fibromyalgia

June 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Fibromyalgia is one of the most common chronic illnesses. This painful condition severely impacts daily routines and can be highly isolating for those that suffer with it. Yet help exists to make sure that people with fibromyalgia need not give up boating and other water sports.

Enjoying the Ride: Seasickness Treatments and Prevention

Enjoying the Ride: Seasickness Treatments and Prevention

August 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

There is nothing worse then feeling ill, especially when you are doing something you enjoy! Though many boaters experience some degree of motion sickness on the sea, there are many ways to prevent and treat it before it spoils your time aboard.