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How far down can YOU go before you need to equalize?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by Progen, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. lowviz

    lowviz Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

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  2. Progen

    Progen Instructor, Scuba

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    I guess a lot of people here have gotten the wrong idea that I was trying to see how deep I could go without equalizing instead of reading carefully and understanding that it was something I found out by accident.

    ANYWAY, I did a practice session in another pool today. Bottom was about 4 metres deep. I equalized at least twice as was usual for previous dives in the same pool but there wasn't any difference whether I blew / swallowed or not.

    The whole point of my initial post was whether I should be worried about not feeling anything. About whether it's possible to have suffered ear damage without realizing it.
     
  3. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

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    I am rarely conscious of equalization... it just seems to happen automatically and I don't have to consciously do it. But then I mostly live in the water!
     
  4. cnar

    cnar Solo Diver

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    I don't know and don't think I want to find out. I equalize early, I over pressurize before descending. They are some limits I don't need to know. I just dive safe.
     
  5. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

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    Like DivemasterD, I just don't think about it. I also agree with those that say it can vary (slightly at least, with me) on different dives. If my natural "no movement, just doing it internally, naturally" doesn't work the odd time, I will feel a little pressure (no pain ever) and will in fact swallow. I do think everyone is different. I have had no problems yet doing what I do. Needless to say, any kind of congestion from a cold messes everything up, and probably does for everyone.
     
  6. lowviz

    lowviz Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Your status at the time of my posting is "Wants to be a instructor one day". You asked a question about an observation that most new divers just ignore. You may, indeed, be instructor material.

    On the surface:

    Put an index finger firmly into each ear. Move your jaw (lower mandible) to the right and left. Note how this feels.

    Next swallow while listening for the "crinkling" sound in your ears.

    Remove your fingers and pinch your nose closed while attempting to very lightly pressurize your ears.

    Repeat the light pressurization while swallowing.



    You have all the pieces and an active mind, have fun...
     
  7. Colliam7

    Colliam7 Tech Instructor Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    No reason to be worried. And, no reason not to equalize - just like voting in an election, you should do it early and often. I will start within 5 feet after I begin to descend.

    Long before I learned to dive, I was convinced that I could not be a diver - if I tried to swim to the bottom of a 10-12 ft pool, my ears would hurt, a lot. Fortunately, I decided to at least try scuba, and quickly learned that I had been ignorant about equalizing.
     
  8. CT-Rich

    CT-Rich ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    When we were little kids my brother dove in the local swimming hole wearing goggles and ruptured an ear drum. Since then he has never expressed the least interest in learning to dive. He confines his water activities to kayaking, sailing and fishing.
     
  9. Seaduced

    Seaduced Solo Diver

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    I used to have trouble clearing and felt like I had to blow too hard during a Valsalva Maneuver. I finally found that if I removed my reg and closed my teeth, a regular swallow or Valsalva easily cleared my ears. Now, I usually have to start clearing around 10' and continue until about 50' but it is quick and easy.
     
  10. Insta-Gator

    Insta-Gator Blue Whale

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    Great answer. Clear early and often.

    If you are offended by anything in this post, then my efforts have been rewarded. :D Tapatalk+Autocorrect
     

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