When undertaking a long ocean voyage where you are several days of sailing away from the inhabited world, it is important to realize that extensive medical care is not available. Transport to the mainland is often impossible. On board there are crewmembers with a medical training. On most of these voyages there will be a doctor on board. There is an emergency hospital with a number of medicines and wound dressings.
If you have a disorder or sickness for which you use medication, we expect you to bring these on board yourself. If you are susceptible to certain things like cold sores or cystitis, please bring your own medication with you. As well, we ask you to inform the office of the Bark EUROPA about this condition. Because we live close to each other on the ship, colds or influenza are easily passed on to others. For ocean voyages we advise you to take an anti-influenza injection before departure. It would be a shame to have to spend a few days in your bunk during such a unique voyage. If you have questions about a specific health problem, we advise you to get in touch with the office of the shipping company. They can put you in contact with one of the ship’s doctors.
A sailing ship at sea in strong winds is much steadier than a motor vessel. Most of you will get used to the motion of the ship after a few days. Being relaxed when you come on board, a nutritious diet and sufficient sleep are the best ways to overcome seasickness. If you fear that you might be susceptible to seasickness, you can take pills for seasickness. Please buy these before you leave home. We do not advise anti-seasickness patches placed behind the ears due to possible side effects.
The shipping company Rederij Bark EUROPA makes every effort to ensure the safety of every person on board. Our trainees are expected as well to assume responsibility for their own safety. Insufficient mental or physical health may create undue risks, not only to yourself, but it is essential to realize that illness or accidents may also threaten the safety of other trainees and crew and may seriously disrupt the sailing program of the vessel.
When undertaking a long ocean voyage where you are several days of sailing away from the inhabited world, it is important to realize that extensive medical care is not available. Transport to the mainland is often impossible. On board there are crew members with a medical training and on most of these voyages there will be a doctor on board. If you are in doubt about your fitness for a sea voyage on a sailing and rolling ship you are requested to seek your doctor's advice first. To prevent misunderstandings please answer the questions on the health statement on the booking form. Please keep in mind that a questions answered with 'yes' does not automatically mean you will be refused on board the ship.
Please inform the office of the Bark EUROPA about any condition and keep in mind to bring your own necessary medication with you.