• Welcome to the DeeperBlue.com Forums, the largest online community dedicated to Freediving, Scuba Diving and Spearfishing. To gain full access to the DeeperBlue.com Forums you must register for a free account. As a registered member you will be able to:

    • Join over 44,280+ fellow diving enthusiasts from around the world on this forum
    • Participate in and browse from over 516,210+ posts.
    • Communicate privately with other divers from around the world.
    • Post your own photos or view from 7,441+ user submitted images.
    • All this and much more...

    You can gain access to all this absolutely free when you register for an account, so sign up today!

Newbie question

Thread Status: Hello , There was no answer in this thread for more than 60 days.
It can take a long time to get an up-to-date response or contact with relevant users.


New Member
Aug 14, 2002
I've checked the search function out with no results so I thought I'd try posting.

I'm in the Air Force and deployed to the Mediterranean right now.
I'm new at the sport of snorkeling and I am having difficulty with the pressure below 15 feet. How can I equalize my ears at any depth?

Thanks in advance to any help.
Valsalva manouvre: pinch your nose with your fingers, then blow through it. The air then goes up those tubey things (cant spell the name so wont bother trying) to your ears, and equalizes.

That's the simplest technique, and should be sufficient.

Also, welcome to Deeper Blue!

Thanks for the advice and welcome. I just tried holding my nose and blowing today when I went snorkeling. It worked and I was able to get to about 30 feet. I could've gone further if I had more long capacity. I thought I'd never get to the surface. It didn't work everytime, but I'm still new. I'll get it down one of these days. What a rush though. Snorkeling in the Med is awesome. I'm hooked.
DeeperBlue.com - The Worlds Largest Community Dedicated To Freediving, Scuba Diving and Spearfishing


ISSN 1469-865X | Copyright © 1996 - 2024 deeperblue.net limited.

DeeperBlue.com is the World's Largest Community dedicated to Freediving, Scuba Diving, Ocean Advocacy and Diving Travel.

We've been dedicated to bringing you the freshest news, features and discussions from around the underwater world since 1996.