As much as I love diving, the bane of my existence on the high seas is seasickness. Let’s just put it this way. Ya know when your scuba instructor told you that your regulator was designed so you could throw up through it? Well I KNOW that’s true!
When I first learned to dive I moved through the medications to the prescription stuff.
- Dramamine — marginally better than nothing
- Bonine — reasonably good until I started diving at night
- Scopolamine — definitely works…except when it doesn’t
Other advice from my own experience.
- Eat a reasonable breakfast (don’t stuff yourself) that morning
- Avoid greasy stuff (bacon, etc)
- Avoid acids (orange juice) and unfortunately coffee
- Sleep on the way out if you can
- Don’t go below decks if you can at all help it
I’m not an expert in anything other than throwing up, so here’s an article from somebody who presumably knows more than I do.
I’m often asked “Why keep diving when you get so seasick”. The answer is pretty simple…because I love diving way more than I dislike being seasick.