I'm currently going through the Fire Academy in South Florida. Training has involved such drills as ladders, search & rescue, SCBA evolutions, and hose drills.
It has been extremely hot lately, and I've been suffering from severe dehydration. This is mainly happening on Saturdays when we're out on the drill field for approx. 8 hrs with rehab stations every 1 - 2 hours, and a one hour lunch break at mid day.
My headaches are starting around 1500 - 1600 hrs, with nasuea and vomiting shortly there after. It seems I'm unable to addequately hydrate. I'm prehydrating 24 hrs in advance as well as constantly drinking water throughout training evolutions. Occasionally I'll drink a half-and-half mixture of gatoraid and water at some point during the day.
I'm looking for advice, on staying hydrated. ie. what type of sports drink is commonly used: gatoraid (50% half-and-half mix or 100%), poweraid, propel water, etc. Also, are there any recommended supplements (like salt tablets or something) that I may benefit from?
Any advice is greatly appreciated!