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Abyss Scuba Diving
How to Fart Underwater
We were recently asked, "how can you fart underwater? It's impossible."
Yes, it is possible to do this. Not that you would want to; still, the information is worth knowing if you just need to let one rip from under the sea.
Technically, you can't fart underwater as such, but as humans we expel gas from our bodies all the time.
Another question we get asked a lot is, "What happens to all the gas bubbles if you surface too quickly?" Well, here's the answer… "You will explode!"
The deeper you dive the harder it gets to release one. It will get extremely hard to fart when you dive to a depth below 7.5 meters. The closer you get to 10 Meters in depth it will become impossible to fart. Simply the deeper you go the water pressure increases will slowly make it more difficult to release one until it is impossible to do so.
A great reference on this subject is Andrew Thompson's book "Can Holding in a Fart Kill You", which has more than 200 fun facts-from baffling and bizarre to enlightening
Farting underwater is a strange phenomenon that has been studied by scientists for decades. It turns out that when you release gas, the bubbles are trapped in a pocket of air and collect along the streams created by your exhaling breath to create a soundless bubblegeous moment.
One fascinating fact is that farting for turtles is most likely to occur in water. Water allows them to relax, and they feel more at ease urinating, defecating, and letting one rip! You will likely see bubbles rise from their behind.
As long as you are above 10 metres, It is possible to fart underwater, but there are consequences of doing so. Remember from ten meters your fart will be twice as big when it hits the surface.
So you think it’s a good idea to fart underwater? You can do that, but there are consequences you need to think about.
If you may be particularly interested in this subject we may be able to organize a PADI Distinctive Speciality in Underwater Fartology.