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2013-07-03 12:49 PM


Subject: Dizzy after swim
So I did my first open water swim this past weekend. On Sat. I swam front the dock to an island in the middle of the lake +/-900 meters. On Sunday I decided to do it again but from the island to the dock. Sunday was much harder (into the wind and against the current) I flet good until I put my feet down and tried to stand. I was so dizzy I actually fell over. Had to lean on the dock (waste deep water) for a minute before I could get out of the water.
Passed after a few minutes. I have never felt this before. Is this common.?? Has anyone had the same experience??

2013-07-04 9:11 AM
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Northern Ontario (near Lake Superior)
Subject: RE: Dizzy after swim
Yes. It seems to me a common thing. I find it occurs more to me if I'm swimming hard. I find earplugs help a lot. During my last race one of the plugs lost the seal and I was very unsteady on my feet upon exiting the water. My wife experiences the same thing.

2013-07-05 4:50 AM
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Subject: RE: Dizzy after swim
Hello everyone -

It happens to me also after a hard swim and moving too fast out of the water - from horizontal to vertical

Also when the weather is colder - I find dizziness and headaches go hand in hand - I solved that with a neoprene cap under a swim cap

I also noted increased dizziness / nausea with warmer weather / water - I am getting too hot in a full wetsuit

Trying to use a sleeveless but still overheating

Good luck and keep us posted with the remedy

Happy Training

2013-07-08 2:13 PM
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Rural Ontario
Subject: RE: Dizzy after swim
Fairly common in some people, including me.

2013-07-11 8:26 AM
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Subject: RE: Dizzy after swim
I would try wearing earplugs next time - they work well for me.

I get dizzy when the water is cold or if the water is choppy/ wavy - sounds like it was the current that affected you.
2013-07-11 9:38 AM
in reply to: Ru166


Subject: RE: Dizzy after swim
Hey RU166,

This happens to me all the time every time I race. Here is an article from on this very subject which came out last week:

The problem: dizzy in T1


2013-07-11 3:55 PM
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Thunder Bay, ON
Subject: RE: Dizzy after swim
The above sounds like more tri-specific advice.

My question is: What is your head position like? It is looking where the bottom of the pool would normally be? When you are breathing, are you controlling your breath?

I am not surprised you are feeling dizzy, and in fact I have a bit myself. But perhaps it is because your swimming control breaks down when you go OWS.
2013-07-16 3:30 PM
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Subject: RE: Dizzy after swim
Thanks for all the great feedback. I feel better that I'm not the only one who has experienced this.

RE: my head positon. Facing down and looking slightly forward. I was breathing every other stoke, but have since tried every stoke and it seems to help. At least I am not feeling as winded doing the same pace / speed.
I've been back to the pool and tried some of the other tips (standing slower and more leg movement towards the end).
Because I've tried a number of things I can't pinpoint any one that's made the biggest difference.
I haven't tried the earplugs yet. Will do that next swim.
2013-09-21 1:31 PM
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Subject: RE: Dizzy after swim
I have had the same thing happen!
This year at my first race (Woodstock) the water was a balmy 16C or something like that.. it was sooo cold, I think that is what did it to me.
Since then, I"ve started using earplugs, and making sure that I kick harder for the last minute of the swim to get the blood flowing before I stand up and exit the water...
I've had this experience in the pool too - no flip turns for me!
Hope you've found something that helps to avoid this!

2013-09-23 2:30 PM
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Subject: RE: Dizzy after swim
So... I tried using earplugs. Big improvement!!!
I've used them consistanly in the pool and during my first Sprint Tri.
It's not a 100% cure, but at least I'm not falling over.

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