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Vomiting UW question

Discussion in 'Diving Physics, Physiology, & Medicine' started by TMHeimer, Jun 16, 2021.

  1. ofg-1

    ofg-1 Course Director

    The trick is not so much hurling through your regulator, it more of trying to avoid the cloud of fish food emitted by your buddy after he hurls through his.

    And I can tell you from experience, a banana and a nature valley granola bar will pass through a US Divers chrome 2nd stage, no problem.
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  2. Akimbo

    Akimbo Just a diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    @Captain Tim

    Did his airway clear on its own from the pressure that blow out his lungs or did you and/or the crew do something?

    BLACKCRUSADER Contributor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Taiwan
    I'm glad I was taught this is my BSAC classes using a vomit causing solution. I wish this was covered more as I have seen newly certified divers go into near panic and rush to the surface because they had to vomit. Sometimes I vomit and it comes naturally to me like other skill sets on a dive. My regular dive buddies would only be concerned if there was a sudden silence to hearing my barfing. Divers who have never seen others chumming the water to feed the fish do get concerned. Makes a good topic for post dive chats with divers who do not know what procedure to follow if they had to vomit.
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  4. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    People chew their food to various degrees. My guess is divers probably won't change how they chew to avoid this vomit problem. They should, but I doubt they will.
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  5. crzyfish

    crzyfish Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: SF Bay Area
    I've done both, reg in and reg out. You have to be conscious of your actions. Inhalation, hold the air, Reg OUT, SPEW, rinse your mouth, spit, Reg IN, exhalation, inhalation. It's a conscious effort. It takes a lot of planning while you're getting nauseated and planning your next action. I'd rather keep my reg in, blow chunks, then purge a few times.
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  6. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    Chew your food. No chunks

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  7. Graeme Fraser

    Graeme Fraser Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Narnia
    And don't eat carrots. They have a unique ability to reconstruct in your stomach regardless of chewing vigor.
  8. JustSurfaceInterval

    JustSurfaceInterval ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Germany
  9. Duke Dive Medicine

    Duke Dive Medicine Medical Moderator Staff Member

    Seemingly? See if YOU get any! :wink:
  10. AfterDark

    AfterDark Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Rhode Island, USA
    Any full face mask user out there ever barf in their mask?

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