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Jeff McCall asks Any divers in the group take seasickness pills for boat diving trips? If so, which ones and do they work? How about those wrist band things?

Comments from the thread...

Derek says:

Go and sit under a tree, 100% full proof cure.

Col says:

I was told that chewing a small piece of ginger works. Never tried it, but the person who told me swears by it, so who knows? If it works, let me know. Personally I am one of those lucky ones who found their se a legs after a few trips.

Ahar says:

I've found both Stugeron and Kwells to be very effective (I used to feed the fishes regularly). I would test the Stugeron first though - take it a couple before to see if it makes you really drowsey or it doesn't agree with you. Also check it out on an inland dive or shallow dive to make sure it doesn't stuff you at depth. Kwells I think also have that side effect so just try them out before hand.  From what I've been told (from a pharmacist who also dives), the most effective way to use Stugeron is to take it maybe 12 hours before (so afternoon of the day before the dive) and then again in the morning as there is more in you system. Ginger also seems to work (personal experience). Get some fresh stuff and grind it up then eat it a hour or so before and then regularly on the boat. The wrist things just seem like a con to me, the only effect being mental. Good luck, and remember to eat toast and weeatabix for breakfast (and not a greasy fry up) as they help as well.

Rodger says:

I am one of those irritating sods that never suffers from sea-sickness. However, I have a partner who gets ill stepping onto a pontoon. Here are some of the things that work. Kwells & Stugeroon. They work but can lead to unwanted extra narcosis, also drowsiness and a dehydration that will not aid decompression! Wrist bands - whether they are psychosomatic or not, for some people they really work. Ginger - truly effective. Ginger cordial, crystalised ginger, ginger biscuits, even stem ginger coated in chocolate (yum!) are all very effective. Self - The very worst thing you can do if you start to feel ill is to sit down staring at the deck! (But everyone does it!!) Stand up, look at the horizon (or better still the oncoming sea so your body is ready for the next movement), get involved in complex discussion - all this will help to take your mind off it. If you feel sick - BE sick. Holding it back is self defeating. The longer you hold it back the worse you feel, and longer you will be ill when you do throw. Have a nice drink afterwards (water is ideal). Rose say's going to sleep is the best cure - if there is space on the boat.

Dave says:

As a bloke who gets queasy listening to the shipping forecast, & a diver for some 25 years I really have been a martyr to the sport. I have tried every remedy under the sun, including prescription drugs given to chemotherapy patients to stop them vomiting, nothing worked. I then saw an article on homeopathic medicine, now I usually give the lentil munching tree hugging fraternity a wide berth, but I thought it was worth a try, and it does work for me....... GINGER, lovely crystalised sugar coated cheap, non-drowsy ginger. I keep a bag of it on the boat & eat it whenever I start to feel pukey & the feeling disappears straight away, Psychological? who cares it works.

Nigel H says:

I hate sea-sickness. It ruins a lot of trips for me. I've tried Kwells (same stuff in Boots own brand) and Stugeron (sp?) and they don't do me much good. I have wondered if the fact that I'm always narked by 40m is due to the fact I've always got something in my blood. Next time out it's going to be an experiment with Thornton's; Chocolate Gingers provided I can hide them from my wife. The only way I can avoid it totally is by going to Wraysbury or Stoney Cove. <sigh>>

> How about those wrist band things?

I didn't believe in this pressure point stuff till a friend, who is a martial arts enthusiast, did his instant headache cure on me. It may be psychosomatic but he's the kind of guy *you believe* and it worked that time for me. He wasn't gentle like a band with a bump in it would be, it hurt! I'm not convinced, just a bit confused.

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