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Equalizing... What the Frick?!?

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Rasta Freediver
Mar 4, 2004
Alright, i'm a very novice diver, last spring my best was 20 ft. in the ocean (no weights). I read about this over the winter and began taking freediving seriously this year. I had a few dives this year, none more than 19 ft., just me swimming around enjoying the scenery. Today i decided to see how deep i could get because i had pretty good supervision. I have 3 broken toes on my right foot, so i had no fins, no wetsuit, no weights or weight belt, no snorkel.... all i had was my swimming suit and a mask.

I used three life jackets tied together as my float, and i rested on those to breathe-up. I swam down, touched the bottom, came back up with a minor ear pain, my equalizing must not have worked. My uncle was freaking out, asking me how deep i went. I said about 15 ft., but after taking our anchor rope (which has markers on it for depth) i learned it was 25 ft. I was pretty excited, because with no fins, no weights, and i didn't even take a full breathe-up. I couldnt get a good breathe all day. This is cold, freshwater lakes in Wisconsin, it's not warm yet. I took a 3/4 breathe, swam down, touched the bottom and looked at the anchor line. I was now 33 ft. down, and i could have gone more, but my ears would not allow it.

I know how to equalize (pinch the nose, push, should relieve the pressure) but it was NOT working at all. I equalized at the surface and all the pressure left, but i could not go deeper than 30 ft. the whole day, because i could not figure out how to equalize right. If i swim down to 10-15 ft. i can feel the pressure, and when i stop and equalize there im fine, but when i get deeper i can't get anything to work. I could really use any suggestions, i want to break this barrier!! Thanks.
I had exactly the same problem Skars. Like Eric and yourself, the valsalva only worked to about 25 feet. After reading and practicing the Frenzel as explained by Eric in the link above, I've been able to equalize as deep as I can swim! Last September I was limited to 25 feet due to lack of equalization, but this month I hit 112 feet with no equalization problems at all.

Read and practice! Hoping to see you at the Freedive-apalooza if I make it there!

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