Posted 23 January 2012 - 01:02 PM
Do understand that forcing yourself deeper when you have a sinus or ear issue can end tragically. If your body is generating pain, it is telling you to stop the silly thing you are doing. And you should stop, if diving. The really bad part is if it develops into a "Reverse block" which occurs when you cannot clear your airway when ascending instead of descending. From personal experience, that experience is to be avoided.
I am not sure what your dive level is, but I would encourage you to take the Rescue course as soon as you feel comfortable. I feel that all divers should progress to at least rescue level. What you will learn just from self-rescue alone will be worth the course cost.
Plan the dive. Dive the plan. But don't forget to thumb the dive if the plan is impractical or unsafe.
All the best.
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Posted 23 January 2012 - 01:57 PM
Learned my lesson early, and the hard way. You cannot force your ears to clear without damaging something. I dived with someone in the Philippines last year who got a reverse block, and she forced her way up and ended up with severe barotrauma and could not dive the rest of the trip. An expensive error, when any of us would have given her our excess air so she could take her time.
I've very glad your problem was minimal, like mine, and the lesson will stick with both of us forever!
Posted 23 January 2012 - 04:12 PM
For future reference - I DM for beer ...
On the way down I was having trouble clearing my right ear, but decided to ignore it despite the pain (totally stupid, I know).... I also wish I had informed my DM early on about the problem so I could have ascended some to try to fix the problem before the dive had really gotten underway. I guess you live and you learn. Thanks again everyone for all of the advice.
Seriously - sorry you had the block, really wish I could have been there to help you - Maui is still on my bucket list.
As shadragon pointed out, this could have turned out much worse.
Jacques Yves Cousteau
Posted 24 January 2012 - 10:22 AM
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