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Thread: A Persistant Problem When Detecting the Shoreline - Does This Happen to You Too?

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    A Persistant Problem When Detecting the Shoreline - Does This Happen to You Too?

    Greetings All,

    I don't get to the shore often but I do have a Excal. II and love it when I can use it at the beach.
    The last three trips (all around Coin Beach, DEL.) I had problems with feeling disoriented and even
    dizzy at times when waves were breaking and receding as I tried to walk very close to the water.
    Basically, I'm happily swinging my detector and focused down and just ahead and that's fine. But
    when rushing waters break and roll back and forth across my field of view I can get really kinda
    turned around, lose my track, and even veer off and away. Frustrating!

    I'm kinda embarrassed to even bring it up that I'll get goofed on about it but it is a problem.
    The waters around Rehoboth can be really subject to rip currents so just diving in is often NOT a
    good choice. Shallow water wading means getting beat up by the breakers. I wanted to ask: Does
    anyone else ever have this problem and what (if anything) can you do about it?

    BTW, I don't have any kind of chronic inner ear thing going on. I can sorta see why it might be
    happening but I'm not sure what I can do about it. It is never an issue on dry land/sands.

    Any advice appreciated,

    Andrew

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    What you are describing to me sounds like mild sea sickness. Try taking half a Dramamine tablet as directed before your next hunt and see if that helps. If that does not do it, Id go see your doctor and get checked out just to be safe.

    Best of luck!

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    My first thought was a form of sea sickness as redcobra8u said. See your physician to rule out other possibilities.
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    Same happen to me years ago when I hunted OC MD...just shallow surf. Almost like being disoriented, caused by the water rushing by and that's what your focused on... I think it's normal for someone asked me before if I experienced it also...have to look thru my videos..that was 2008 I think..

    I was wrong..here it is..

    Motion sickness is a condition in which a disagreement exists between visually perceived movement and the vestibular system's sense of movement. Depending on the cause, it can also be referred to as seasickness, car sickness, simulation sickness or airsickness.
    Last edited by OBN; Oct 08, 2018 at 08:36 PM.

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    This is why I focus on the beach babes.... Strange though, their motions can often cause the same effect?
    But seriously, I experienced this when I first moved to Florida but after a few hunts I adjusted it and no longer had the problem. But for a time I felt like I could even fall down.
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    I would say its normal. It happens to me. When you first get in the water the motion of the water plays with your mind like the ground is moving causing your brain to react to the motion. Once youre in the water a while or the more you water hunt you get used to the motion and your balance
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    Glad to hear I'm not alone with this and glad I asked. I'd read up on Dramamine 1st before putting it in my system but I see the point.
    Focusing on a more distant point might help with the neurological issues and I certainly say Yes! to more time swinging on the beach!

    Thanks very much folks,
    Andrew
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    Andrew....... spend much time on a boat? I think most of us have that moment when watching the water..... where we get that elevator feeling.
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    "elevator feeling." Good point. Closest I usually get to a boat is the S.S. Minnow on TV.
    Would like one someday. I tried the scuba dive tour on Bermuda once and could NOT
    clear my inner ear no matter what. The guy said some people never can. Major bummer
    at the time. We were on the twin wreck that was part of the plot for the movie, "The Deep."

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    Quote Originally Posted by cathexis View Post
    Glad to hear I'm not alone with this and glad I asked. I'd read up on Dramamine 1st before putting it in my system but I see the point.
    Focusing on a more distant point might help with the neurological issues and I certainly say Yes! to more time swinging on the beach!

    Thanks very much folks,
    Andrew
    Happens to me as well, So I just look up from the water at the horizon and everything stops moving
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    Your eyes are focusing too much on the water. The in & out of waves lapping on the beach, can give you a mile form of motion sickness. Don't stare down, glance up often, focusing on distant objects, or across the sea.

 

 

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