Stuck on the surface?
This one is for Reggie. He is new to spearfishing and was having some trouble clearing. Welcome to the tribe.
Be Nice To Your Ears
If you start to feel pain DO NOT go any deeper. You could rupture your ear and all kinds of bad stuff will happen including hearing loss. Just go back up and try again a few minutes later.
The Frenzel Technique
A while back a friend of mine sent me this PDF that describes in great detail the physiology and technique of equalizing ear pressure while diving.
WARNING: Never do any breath holding exercises alone. You could drown. Always have a partner and use proper spotting protocol. Also, ignore Appendix A. Don’t Pack. We are spearfishing not trying to break an apnea world record.