Equalizing your ear pressure for Diving

Simply put, if you don't equalize properly, you risk an ear injury.

Fortunately blowing gently against a pinched nose or swallowing while pinching your nose is usually all that is required to equalise a squeeze while decending or a reverse squeeze when surfacing.

You really must not wait until you feel discomfort before equalizing your ears. It should be done almost continually while decending for a scuba dive.

If you find you cannot equalise, then de not start blowing harder. Simply stop your decent, come up a couple of feet and try again.

If you cannot equalise it is essential that you abort the dive. Losing one dive is a lot less upsetting (and less painful) than losing your hearing.