Posted by Ross-O on February 21, 2005 at 11:46:07:
In Reply to: Re: "Mal d'Mer": how to deal with it. posted by AADIVER on February 21, 2005 at 09:31:00:
I have a friend who sometimes got sea sick on a surface swim on beach dives (no kidding)! He's passionate about diving but was trottled back for many years with his extreme sensitivity to sea sickness. He went through all of the OTC meds as well as a bunch of different prescriptions. Some helped a bit, but he was still hesitant to go on local boats. Nearly all of his live-aboard trips were on those catamaran style boats.
Well, he recently found an astonishingly simple low-tech solution that has worked wonders for him and allowed him to get away with trips that would have probably killed him before. His solution is ginger beer. It's a non-alcoholic ginger drink related to ginger ale. He drinks half of it before boarding the boat and drinks the other hald during the trip. You can find it at some grocery stores.
Everyone is wired a little differently so this may not be a universal solution, but it's cheap, has no adverse side effects, and worked a miracle for my friend.
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