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Vomiting Underwater

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by Kryssa, May 26, 2011.

  1. Tortuga68

    Tortuga68 Divemaster

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    Well since I use a long hose, I donate my primary - so I want to make sure it is working and not gunked up for that reason. In the unlikely event that I have to switch to my secondary (in the event of donation or failure - not more vomiting!) then I'll be the one sucking on the previously chummed reg; which is why I would clean it out underwater after I was done

    We need a name for this procedure by the way... I'm thinking the >something< manouever, any suggestions? Battle Mallet perhaps??
     
  2. hardtime

    hardtime Angel Fish

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    More incentive to keep your equipment in tip top and plan your dive correctly.... if anything else goes wrong air is air whether it tastes like puke or not... I am a nice guy tho; I will always shake out my octo before handing it over!
     
  3. hardtime

    hardtime Angel Fish

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    It would appear that in my case it would be the puke and pass manouever.... So who is up for a heavy night followed by and long boat ride then a dive????
     
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  4. ajduplessis

    ajduplessis Solo Diver

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    Never take the reg out during the process and once done switch to your backup. I love diving with 'fish-feeders", you see much more fish that way!!!!!
     
  5. CamG

    CamG Divemaster Candidate

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    Greetings Kryssa vomiting underwater is as unpleasant as it is above that is for sure!
    I am not sure why you are struggling with this acid reflux, or stomach issues but if you know you are going to have issues try to resolve them out of the water if possible.
    LEAVE YOUR REG IT AT ALL TIMES! No need to take it out just hold it firmly in and blow through it.
    The particles will come right out and then as others have mentioned switch regs and then swish it and or clean if necessary.

    I have unfortunately become quite adept at this skill due to reflux and or the fact I can not eat hardly anything till I am done diving!
    The most uncomfortable was this past October on a cave dive in Peacock.
    I became very sick very fast and vomited intensely for several minutes when it was over I ached for the rest of the evening.
    I washed my reg in fresh water and kept diving.
    Usually I feel better with in a just few moments but if I feel bad I abort the dive altogether.
    There is no need to add any more risk to any dive!

    The key is learning how to eat and listen to your body pre-dive and be wise making choices when eating!
    Some can eat or drink what ever you want I know that I will never again eat Arby's before I dive again!
    Now it is water maybe a granola bar or protein bar that is it!

    CamG Keep Diving....Keep Training....Keep Learning!
     
  6. CamG

    CamG Divemaster Candidate

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    Greetings Kryssa vomiting underwater is as unpleasant as it is above that is for sure!
    I am not sure why you are struggling with this acid reflux, or stomach issues but if you know you are going to have issues try to resolve them out of the water if possible.
    LEAVE YOUR REG IT AT ALL TIMES! No need to take it out just hold it firmly in and blow through it.
    The particles will come right out and then as others have mentioned switch regs and then swish it and or clean if necessary.

    I have unfortunately become quite adept at this skill due to reflux and or the fact I can not eat hardly anything till I am done diving!
    The most uncomfortable was this past October on a cave dive in Peacock.
    I became very sick very fast and vomited intensely for several minutes when it was over I ached for the rest of the evening.
    I washed my reg in fresh water and kept diving.
    Usually I feel better with in a just few moments but if I feel bad I abort the dive altogether.
    There is no need to add any more risk to any dive!

    The key is learning how to eat and listen to your body pre-dive and be wise making choices when eating!
    Some can eat or drink what ever you want I know that I will never again eat Arby's before I dive again!
    Now it is water maybe a granola bar or protein bar that is it!

    CamG Keep Diving....Keep Training....Keep Learning!
     
  7. fnfalman

    fnfalman Orca

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    After the vomiting is over, couldn't you just purge the second stage to knock out some of the big chunks?
     
  8. Tortuga68

    Tortuga68 Divemaster

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    Depends what you had for breakfast
     
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  9. Akimbo

    Akimbo Lift to Freedom Volunteer Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    A friend of mine is skipper on a charter boat in Monterey. About 10 years ago at Erick's Pinnacle he had a diver that puked in his regulator at around 40'. He aspirated some chucks which blocked his airway. As described to me, the diver was aware of his situation and had to make the conscious decision to embolise himself.

    Fortunately, he surfaced next to be boat and they got oxygen in him. They got him in the shore based chamber in Pacific Grove and saved his life.

    This is one of those situations where you must choose the situation that sucks the least. My take is to remove the second stage with a finger poised on the purge. Position yourself face-down, puke, and shove the mouthpiece in with purge depresses. Obviously, if you get a little warning, head to the surface. Screw safety and decompression stops. My priority is avoid drowning, embolism, and the bends -- in that order.
     
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  10. cbrich

    cbrich Solo Diver

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    I was told to KEEP YOUR REG IN YOUR MOUTH because your first involuntary reaction is to take a huge breath in. Everyone has vomited over the porcelain throne, so you know what I am talking about.

    I have vomit underwater several times, and it goes right through your reg. Do not switch regs, until you are finished vomiting because your reg will taste very, very bad; you know what I mean. Once I am done, I then switch to my backup reg, I start to clean my primary reg out as best I can underwater. I will switch between regs, and until the taste of foul is gone. Once you are back on shore, or the boat, you can do a better job of cleaning. Do you need to take you reg apart, NO (but if what do a better job, then go for it), but just make sure to get it under a faucet.

    When you vomit, if you can, keep on moving, because you will have school of fish around you very quickly.

    Also make sure you chew your food, just like your mother told you to do, but you refuse to do it. :rofl3:
     
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