Usually, you'd assume that divers and individuals who spend numerous time on boats not often get seasick. And whereas that is in all probability true, loads of divers have skilled seasickness whereas diving sooner or later. You by no means know when or if seasickness will hit you, and it might occur at any time. Personally, I skilled it for the primary time on board a dive boat in Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia, throughout a very uneven day.
It was completely terrible and ruined each minute I needed to spend on the boat. I couldn’t benefit from the sunshine, the good meals served onboard, nor the corporate of my fellow divers (which sucked, as a result of diving is a good way to meet people). Fortunately, seasickness passes shortly if you find yourself within the water, so it didn’t break my dives (all although the dive grasp shared a narrative of getting to carry somebody’s regulator in while they have been throwing up underwater!).
So, as a way to enable you to if this could occur to you, I needed to share a number of issues I discovered about seasickness, and methods to deal with it when it impacts you all of a sudden throughout a dive journey.
Inform the Crew Instantly
Truthfully, I attempted to play robust and keep away from telling anybody how dangerous I felt. This was a rookie mistake, as a result of as quickly as I advised the dive grasp on board she knew what to do.
Get within the Water Every time You Can
The dive grasp onboard my Nusa Lembongan dive boat was nice, and she or he appeared to have had this occur to some divers prior to now. Once I shared together with her how queasy I used to be feeling, she appeared me lifeless within the eye and ordered me to leap within the water. I checked out her confused, and she or he repeated the suggestion, fairly firmly. I often reply properly to orders from those that know greater than me, so instinctively I simply flung myself overboard. She leaned over the railing of the boat as soon as I used to be within the ocean and requested if that felt higher. And it did. So, I spent all the floor time in between dives hanging on to a rope on the aspect of the boat (which was anchored), feeling quite a bit higher.
Hold Your Eye on the Horizon
That is an age-old recommendation for seasickness. Should you can't get within the water (for instance if the boat is shifting), focus your eyes on the horizon and your consideration in your breath. Discover a respiration sample that feels enjoyable and concentrate on nothing else than these two issues (till you possibly can both get again on land or bounce within the water once more).
Keep Away from the Engine
Exhaust fumes make it worse. Simply belief me on this.
It is going to be exhausting to maintain something down however do attempt to take small sips of water each time you'll be able to. Hydrating your body will assist it struggle the nausea.
For extra recommendations on combatting seasickness, go to the DAN Well being & Diving library at DAN.org/Health.