The Art of Equalization
As a subscriber to Dive Training magazine and Divers Alert Network Publications I have seen many articles discussing techniques on proper descending skills. I have talked with several physicians regarding barotraumas and other equalization difficulties one may encounter. Today let's look at how we can reduce the risks associated with improper equalization techniques and enjoy the dive.
At the start of my class I always have the students complete the medical questionnaire and on an individual basis I discuss any concerns with each student. More times than not a student indicates problems with equalizing their ears. After a short discussion we find out that the student never really learned how to equalize their ears or suffered from an allergy of some sort or another. Anything else and I refer them to their doctor. We as instructors must never assume that a student has learned proper techniques to equalization prior to coming to our class.