Ear woes are the No. 1 reason divers pull the plug on a dive, and in extreme cases, the sport itself.
But with a few tricks and advanced techniques, almost anyone can make equalizing easier.
In diving, the Valsalva maneuver is often used on descent to equalise the pressure in the middle ear to the ambient pressure.
Performed properly — pinching your nose shut while exhaling — most divers can descend without any problems. But for some divers, the technique doesn't help.
You should never continue with a descent if you are experiencing ear pain. But before you give up on a dive — or diving itself — try these tips.