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Beginner Problems with Equalizing

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Nov 27, 2004
I just started to freedive this year. The biggest problem that I had was that I found it hard to impossible to equalize during the descent with my head down, legs up.

With my head I don´t have this problem at all. When I am the other way round the tubes seem to close up somehow.

Is there a solution for this ?

hi holger ...

try tilting your head on the decent ... also try popping your ears just as you start your duck dive.... and continue to do so on the decent.

that should help


I've been having equilizing problems as well. Here's a summary of the tips I've gotten thus far:

-keep your chin tucked into your chest on decent (so with a head down decent, you're more or less looking at the surface) and if you're using a line to pull down with, keep your arms relaxed.

-Try tilting your head when equilizing if one ear is giving you problems...for example, if your left ear is blocked, tilt your head to the right. I find this helps me as it stretches those e-tubes a bit. Recently I've been playing with a jaw thrust when I pop my ears, and that seems to make a louder "pop"...maybe that will help?

-consider using a neti-pot (or turkey baster in a pinch) to administer nasal rinses. I use a mixture of 1 cup warm water 1/2 tsp each of baking soda and sea salt. Just pour it up your nose and let it settle in your sinuses. Sounds odd, but it really works!

-equilize (i.e., pop your ears) as often as possible on land throughout the day. This will help to stretch those e-tubes so they'll be good and stretchy when you dive.

Hope this helps a bit. Hey, I'm hoping this helps ME when I go to open water dive again this spring... :hmm

Also, have a look in the search function for equilizing threads. There's lots of info here in the DB forum for you. :) Cheers!
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