Equalize Your Ears While Scuba Diving – Including a Special Trick
Equalize your ears while scuba diving explained in an easy way. These are great tips on how to equalise your ears for scuba diving for beginners and experienced divers.
Many people struggle to Equalize their Ears when they go Scuba Diving. They think they have an ear problem and many stop scuba diving because of it. But I found out that most of the time it is because people don’t use the right equalizing techniques or have been taught how to equalize their ears while diving the wrong way.
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“Please watch the whole video as I will be teaching a very special Tip How to Equalize your Ears while Diving in the end of the video”
My Name is Marcel van den Berg and I am a PADI Platinum Course Director and in this video I want to share some very easy techniques how to equalize your ears. I strongly believe that it is very rare to not be able to equalize your ears while diving and I hope by following my tips everyone can enjoy the amazing underwater world while scuba diving!
Why do many beginner divers have problems equalizing their ears?
Well in most cases it is because someone has experienced ear problems for example in an airplane or when they go swimming. Especially in an airplane – people feel the pressure change on their ears in the cabin, which can cause discomfort and pains. In most of these cases it is not because of a problem with their ears, they just haven’t properly learnt how to equalize their ear yet.
Most people have no problems with their ears, but just need to learn the best equalizing technique to help them to descent on a scuba dive.
My first tip to equalize your ears while diving is to use the valsalva maneuver.
If that does not work well for you, then I recommend to go up (ascent) a little bit and try it again. If that still does not work for you then try the second best equalizing technique to equalize your ears while scuba diving is to swallow. Some people even prefer to swallowing over the valsalva maneuver (pinching of the nose) to equalize their ears while scuba diving.
The third tip to equalize the ears is to wiggle or move your jaw from side to side. This stretches the Eustachian tubes and that can equalize your ears.
You can also try to move your head from side to side or even do all equalizing technique the same time! This will look very funny, but who care is it get’s the job done! 🙂
My last tip is the best trick in the book, and it is not even in the book! My best secret tip is to blow your nose underwater…
Why does blowing the nose help in equalizing your ears diving?
May people have congestion in their sinuses and that congestion can block the Eustachian tubes, making it impossible to blow air to our eardrums. By blowing your nose underwater you remove that congestion allowing any of the equalizing techniques described above to work well.
The way to do it is to keep your mask on your face, then gently but long blow your nose, one nostril at the time. This will create some congestion in your mask. Just clear it by exhaling through your nose and then afterwards pinch your nose and do the valsalva maneuver. You will be amazed how easy it now is to equalize your ears while scuba diving!!
Please check out some of my other video’s with Scuba Diving Tips:
Diving Hand Signals: https://youtu.be/YymUwI7XaW8
PADI Open Water Diver Course: https://youtu.be/q0VHnPLlvzg
Marcel van den Berg
Marcel van den Berg is a certified PADI Divemaster (2007), OWSI (2007), MSDT (2007), IDCSI (2008), Master Instructor (2010) and Course Director since 2011. This video and other video’s on the YouTube Channels: IDC Koh Tao Thailand and Scuba Diving Tips are for general informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your Local Law, Scuba Diving Training Organisation, RSTC and/or your scuba diving professional that is legally teaching/guiding you scuba diving whenever you are in doubt, or following a scuba diving course / guide scuba dive under the supervision of a scuba dive professional from any worldwide dive industry recognised scuba dive organisation. Marcel (Mario) van den Berg, IDC Koh Tao Thailand and/or Scuba Diving Tips are not liable or responsible for any advice, trading tips or any other information, services or product you obtain through this video or site. Marcel (Mario) van den Berg, IDC Koh Tao Thailand and/or Scuba Diving Tips are not liable or responsible for any injury, financial loss, failing a scuba diving course and or loss of certification.
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