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Gagging on Saltwater

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

  1. Crazy Fingers

    Crazy Fingers Barracuda

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    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

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    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

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    Location: In a car underwater with time to kill....
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    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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