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Old 05-12-2010   #11
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I'm kinda anti-noseplug as well......strangely, I've always had a pair cramped to my helmet, but they never make it on my face.....and when I DO put them on it seems that I go upside down in the goofiest places. Karma perhaps?? I don't know....but I've stopped....and now they're decorative.

Seriously though....I don't think there's any getting used to the 1.5 gallons of water up your nose if you choose not to use plugs. I just have realized that I don't mind it that much. Don't blow out though....definitely reduces dive time.

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Old 05-13-2010   #12
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Originally Posted by Full Of Hate View Post
I hate noseplugs, good for rolling though.
Wow, now this is just ground breaking insight.

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Old 05-13-2010   #13
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i like to run out of air when upsidedown sans plugs resulting in awesome swims
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Old 05-13-2010   #14
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Yeah, I get the sinus cold/congestion mess after a nose douche. So I slip on a nose clip any time I think I'm at risk of a flip. My personal faves are Speedo comp swim clips, attached to helmet strap with heavy monofilament line.

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Old 05-13-2010   #15
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I don't like 'em, so I don't use 'em. I don't think I blow too much air out upside down. More like just closing off the back of the nasal passage, then giving a good snort when I come up to clear anything that seeped in. Hang upside down along the pool wall without pinching your nose or blowing bubbles to practice...

Besides, you can't get as much air carping with a nose plug!
I've a suggestion to keep you all occupied...learn to swim!
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Old 05-13-2010   #16
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I hate them. I never wore them on the east coast, and just took the water in. Never was an issue. Usually just spit it out when I got back up. However, out here the water is typically WAY colder and my sinuses are a mess for days after if I don't wear one. I think the clamp on ones are nicer since they aren't so huge, but they freakin break constantly. Burned through like 3 pairs last year and I only was in my boat about 20times (if that).

Do those speedo ones hold up pretty well ActionJackson?
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Old 05-13-2010   #17
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I have to use noseplugs if there is any chance of flipping. It doesnm't necessarily give me sinus issues, but the cold water burns so bad it totally distracts me when I roll up and blow I can stay under longer. These Cotton Mouth noseplugs are the best I have used.
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Old 05-13-2010   #18
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Yea I dont undertand how you guys are going through plugs so quickly. I have only owned 2 pair and thats because I lost the first pair....

I have started cutting back on the usage of plugs... Being able to talk and breathe normally is soooo much nicer. I think somebody else mentioned it but if you hummmmm you breath out just enough air to keep water out but you still can hold your breath for a bit. I still use them when playboating though, the sinus douche sucks.
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Old 05-13-2010   #19
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Anybody have tips for getting use to boating (and rolling) without a nose plug?
Roll quicker.

I'm not sure where your roll is at.... but having a more intuitive roll, rather than a mechanical roll, can help tremendously when dealing with nasal douches. Paddlers with intuitive rolls spend so little time upside down that nose plugs and storing enough air in the lungs becomes a non-factor. If I were still having to 'set up' and therefore spend more time underwater then I would probably go back to wearing noseplugs. With that being said... even the intuitive roller can find themselves in situations where they spend a long time upside down. But in these situations it would probably be rare that a nose plug would be something that would have changed whether or not they could have stayed in their boat a few seconds longer before swimming.

If the quicker roll thing isn't possible then you will just have to try to get used to blowing air out your nose at a reasonable rate. (I have never tried the humming thing, but I am going to have to give it a try sometime.)

I haven't used nose plugs for 6 years or so. I playboat and creek. The only time I wish I had nose plugs is when I fail a back loop attempt, and get an atomic blast of water surging up through my nasal passage. Other than that I just got used to blowing air out my nose when upside down.
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Originally Posted by Jensjustduckie View Post
I know people who can suck their upper lip to close off their nostrils, I guess I need bigger lips.
This is the best answer.

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