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Gagging on Saltwater

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by Crazy Fingers, Dec 29, 2007.

  1. Crazy Fingers

    Crazy Fingers Contributor

    I have a bad problem with gagging when saltwater gets into my mouth. It seems like the more hydrated I am, the easier it is to deal with it. So I've started drinking water heavily a couple days before I know I'm going to go diving, and find the reflex reduced quite a bit. Starbursts in between dives seem to help too.

    Just curious how many other people have this problem and what solutions they've found.
  2. Prostar

    Prostar Instructor, Scuba

    Too much water doesn't work so well on me. Poweraid for me. I always drink a bottle before diving.
  3. Fish_Whisperer

    Fish_Whisperer Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: In a car underwater with time to kill....
    Sometimes I'll spew from inhaling saltwater. Usually, it's just a small single chunder and then I'm done. Pretty incidental, really. I just make sure that I don't do it while people are still in the water, trying to come up the ladder. That's not the way to "win friends and influence people." The post-dive bottle of water is a wonderful thing; either to keep it from happening in the first place, or for gargling and rinsing, if it does.

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