Swimming Deep... how to relieve pressure.

  • junknemesis

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    Feb 07, 2009 9:34 AM GMT
    I went swimming with a buddy of mine today. I tried to dive deep in the 18 ft deep section, and I thought my head was going to be crushed! I surficed and my sinuses felt imploded, and my ears were pained so bad I thought they might bleed. I tried to equalize the pressure while down there, but I guess it was an Epic Fail. How do you swimmers regulate pressure so as to be able to touch the bottom of the pool?
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    Feb 07, 2009 5:40 PM GMT
    Dunno... I just flex the muscles in my head - feels like I'm trying to wiggle my ears. The classic manouver for those who have difficulty is to pinch your nose closed and gently blow.

    Sometimes, coming up from a deep dive while slightly congested, I can feel all this air rushing out of my head. Ooo... brains leaking out...
  • Bunjamon

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    Feb 07, 2009 5:59 PM GMT
    You can squeeze both of your nostrils closed with your figures and then pretend that you're blowing your nose. But most swimmers and divers don't ever touch the bottom of the pool. Divers, when they hit the water, do a sort of flip underwater in order to reduce the splash.
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    Feb 07, 2009 6:04 PM GMT
    Just plug your nose and blow to put pressure on the inside of your ear drums.
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    Feb 07, 2009 6:10 PM GMT
    Careful using the plug n' blow technique, you can seriously hurt your ears doing that. When I am having trouble equalizing during a scuba dive I ascend a little bit to relieve a bit of the pressure, then I stick my chin up and out which helps to open up the eustachian tubes naturally (and causes everything to equalize again). It's a bit awkward, but swallowing while doing the chin thing nearly guarantees equalization underwater.

    If you have a cold or congestion, best not to go too deep until you are back to normal as the little valves in your throat that help to equalize the pressure in your ears can get temporarily stuck shut.