I was just recently certified in Miami (winter 2008)and have a question (along with a story) for anybody who has any experience with sea sickness...
I tend to get a little queasy on boats... my first open water dive was quite an experience! The water was pretty rough... I had never actually gotten so sick that I had to vomit but this trip out, as soon as the boat stopped, I started throwing up. The crew had to physically put my tank and flippers on me...I felt like crap but was not giving up on doing the dive. So anyway-- I did the dive-- the water was actually pretty rough 25-30 feet under. I ended up throwing up at the bottom 2x. (This should be a scuba skill because let me tell you- I didn't even freak! Just purged my regulator and let the fish indulge (yea really gross right?)...
Managed to get back into the boat and throw up about 3 more times while everybody else struggled to get back in the boat as well. They ended up canceling the 2nd dive that day due to the rough waters.
The remaining dives were done in a lagooon so no sea sickness.. just poor visibility. LOL.
My dive instructor told me to do the following next time:
Take two dramamine the night before a dive
Then take 2 non-drowsy dramamine the am of the dive.
Has anybody else had any issues with sea sickness? Any other suggestions??
I really would like to ENJOY my future dives and NOT have to be entirely distracted by nausea!
Thanks so much!!
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