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Old 12-17-2016, 01:06 PM   #16
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Re: How to equalize hands free?

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I don't remember ever having to 'learn' how to eq handsfree, and can do it reliably to about 180' with a mask. To go deeper I have to pinch my nose and use standard deep techniques.
This has changed for me over the course of the last year. I don't have to pinch my nose past 180' anymore, I just have to make sure to fully equalize my mask to about 115% before things get tight, and I am doing something different with my diaphragm now when I am falling past 150' that has opened up a ton of air. I am comfy now in my glass mask, whereas before I needed a squishy plastic Sphera to dive deep with a mask.

Also, I realized that I have mostly been doing a sort of gentle cheek Frenzel + BTV at depth, and common to many natural handsfree divers, my throat lock was very sloppy--it had a tendency to loosen whenever I opened my etubes, since it was never anything I needed to think about until I started diving well below residual volume.

Another interesting side note to the handsfree thing is that my ear drums are very inflexible given how much swimming and diving I have done over my life; they've never been regularly over pressurized or ridden....
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