Why equalizing your ears is important

Why equalizing your ears is important

Listen up – those flapps on either side of your head do more than hold your sunglasses in place. Most of us have experienced ear discomfort when diving down in a pool or sea. Why does it happen? Because we don’t properly equalize the pressure in our ears. Can it be prevented? Yes!

If it has happened to you, too, and you are reluctant to go diving because of it, we would like to reassure you that the discomfort can be prevented, and doesn’t have to stand in the way of you experiencing diving in the Maldives to the full.

You may have come across the issue on board a flight on descent, or when driving down from a mountain pass. There are several techniques that help you adapt to the change in pressure, the most common of which is pinching your nostrils – keeping your mask on – and blowing gently through your nose – but not too hard! With your nostrils pinched, you can also try to swallow, or gently blow your nose and swallow at the same time.

You will learn more about how changes in pressure affect our body during your first diving course, and our instructors will be on hand to tell you everything there is to fun and safe diving in the Maldives.

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