View Full Version : Dizzy after getting out of the pool?

February 14th, 2006, 10:32 AM
If I get out of the water too soon after I stop swimming, I feel a little dizzy and get a slight headache/stomachache. It always goes away in a few minutes. If I wait at least 5 minutes before getting out of the pool, I'm fine. This only happens in/during practice, never after races. Does anyone else have this problem? Is there a something I can do to stop it?

February 14th, 2006, 11:03 AM
This has happened to me before but never on a regular basis. Usually it's when I have a lot of water in my ears and it starts going deeper. The extra time probably allows the extra water to drain out. The only suggestion I would have would be to try and get the water of your ears before you get out...shaking your head and what not. Or try some of those ear drying drops that you can get at Target etc... They help break the surface tension and allow water in your inner ear to drain.

Just my theory......

February 14th, 2006, 04:09 PM
That might help, I'll have to try it. The problem is when we're swimming 50's or 100's on a tight interval and have to dive in for each one. With only a few seconds to get out of the water before diving back in, it's hard to do anything extra.

February 14th, 2006, 05:26 PM
To get water out of ears grab the ear lobe of the left ear, stand on your left leg and shake your right foot while pulling on the lobe of the left ear, then change and do the same with the right ear, standing on right leg and shake left foot. You may look silly and may not get rid of the water but it is fun.

February 15th, 2006, 12:27 PM
Just an idea - I don't think it's the water in my ears, I think it's the blood rushing from my head.

Damage Inc
February 15th, 2006, 02:45 PM
Blood rusing from your head making you dizzy is called "postural hypotension" low blood pressure when going to a standing position.
Maybe you are dehydrated and need to drink water during your workouts.
Or, are you on an antihypertensive medication? If so, let your Dr know what is happening.
Dont let this go to far or you may end up falling on the deck and injuring yourself. Take Care.

February 15th, 2006, 05:10 PM
I was wondering if it might something along the lines of when you get off a boat you still feel like you are on the boat; or after rollerblading for a long time, when you stop you feel like you are still skating... in other words, your inner ear has adjusted to bobbing around in the water and when you get out you haven't gotten your 'land legs'. The difference between the sensory inputs and what your inner ear is telling your brain causes the dizziness and possibly the nausia. Just a thought.


February 16th, 2006, 10:53 AM
It could be dehydration - I usually don't drink anything while I swim. Next time I go swimming, I'll try taking along water and see if that helps. If it's lainey's suggestion, then there's probably nothing that'll help it go away.