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sea sickness

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Nicholas Pieper

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Apr 30, 2001
There I was, in one of my favorite local spots: swell moderate, vis. good... I had been waiting for days. Yet, after no more than 45 min. of diving I began to get sea sick. Symptoms: nausia, dizziness, general feeling of weakness stemming from the two. I'm fairly new to the sport, but this is only the second time that this has happened in about 12 dives. Both times were caused by rocking in mildly turbulent water as I was catching my breath and both times I ended up having to leave the water early and lay on the beach as if deeply hung-over. Why does this happen and, more importantly, what can I do to prevent it in the future?
I have suffered from sea sickness while in the water and my personal choice is to take 1-2 ginger capsules about an hour or so before diving. No side effects and they seem to work very well for me. You can typically get them at just about any health food store.

Hope this helps,
Ginger worked well for me also. Swell has been about 8ft here as of late and I am slowy getting used to choppy seas. Concentrate on breathing. Move your head around as little as possible. I focus on a point directly below me and slowly rotate my head only if I must. I am going to try a sailor trick of eating nothing but canned peaches prior to diving. I hear it tastes the same coming up as going down-mmmmmm :)


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