So many people don’t realise how important it is to stay hydrated while scuba diving. Even though you’re in the water, you’re still getting dehydrated!
What do you mean I’m dehydrated?
Think about it…
- You’re most likely wearing a thick layer of neoprene, plus you were standing around in the sun before you got in. Even though you can’t feel it under the water, you’re sweating in there!
- You’re breathing in very, very dry air from your tank and you’re breathing out moist air from your body.
- There’s a decent chance you’ve urinated in your wetsuit! That’s quite normal and nothing to be embarrassed about, but it’s still removing moisture from your body.
- Did you get seasick and vomit on the way to the dive site? That is embarrassing! It’s also a great way to get dehydrated faster, so you should be drinking more even though it’s the last thing you feel like doing.
- Have a big night last night? We all know not to drink alcohol before diving, but how much d0 you drink the night before? Alcohol is a diuretic, making you urinate more, making you dehydrated faster.
How do you stay hydrated while scuba diving?
The simple answer is… wait for it… drink lots of water! If you don’t like plain water, stick some lemon, lime, orange, or even cucumber in there with it. That will give it just enough taste to make it pleasant without impacting you in other ways.
Any decent dive boat will have a minimal amount of water on hand for people that want it, but it’s a lot easier to be proactive and take your own on board. As an added bonus, your wetsuit doesn’t smell as bad after you pee in it if you’ve had a lot of water and are fully hydrated!
Want a water bottle? Take a class and you’ll get your very own!