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Oct 10, 2002
I have seen lots of interesting information on this site about techniques for training. However, one thing that is occassionally referred to without explanation is packing - what is it?!:confused:

Packing is basically adding air after taking a full breath. Different people use different techniques. I find simulating sucking through a straw to work best for me. Once I've taken as big a breath as possible I swallow which pushes excess air in my mouth down into my lungs/airway. Then I suck in small 'sips' of air into my mouth. After several sips I'll swallow again and repeat. Do this until you can't 'pack anymore.

With this explanation I should add a word of warning. BE CAREFUL! If you've never done this before start in small steps. Doing too much packing too soon can lead to overstretched muscles around your chest or abdomen. Packing is most commonly used for deep dives when the pressure will be great. packing allows more air for equalizing and to delay the uncomfortable feelings of the 'big squeeze' at depth.

Hope this adds some insight.

Many thanks for the clear response. I will take your advice and be careful - and I have only ever been down to about 30m, so I may not have much use for packing yet!
M-2, you're right, but with that swallowing of air sucked into your mouth you're wrong.
When you're swallowing the air you are pushing it the wrong way. It's not going into your lungs.
You have to push it to your lungs with your cheeks or tongue.

The best description of packing (how to learn it) is written by Eric Fattah in his document about Frenzel eqalization.

I don't know the exact adress but you can find it in the thread "Ear Fear".
Yup, swallowing just throws it down into the digestive system (which is why we're taught not to swallow air when scuba diving, get too much air in there and you aren't going to be very comfortable on the ascent). You need to push it into the lungs.

My mistake guys. I know what you mean, 'swallowing' was just the best way I could describe it. I didn't mean 'swallow' air into the stomach. Thanks for rephrasing it and making it more clear.

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