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mazzy
September 5th, 2008, 06:35 PM
I've my left ear that it's somewhat "sensible" to the water, especially if I turn the head on same side to breath, in this event it's very uncomfortable for me to swim without a earplug. on the instructions there's a notice that urge to don't use for diving. I use a model of the speedo made of plastic that even if it don't fully sealed my ear it's enought to fix it.

I suppose that the notice is about diving from platform or springboard.
My question is : diving from the block is it safe or not ?

thanks

trout
September 5th, 2008, 06:58 PM
The instructions "not to use for diving" are probably refering to skin or SCUBA diving. Ear plugs make it impossible to equalize pressure in the ears, so wearing them while SCUBA diving is not advised. But, I think that a shallow dive from the blocks would be OK.

fanstone
September 5th, 2008, 09:49 PM
Yep, diving as in snorkeling or scuba. I expect you would only have ear problems, as in equalizing, deeper than 7 to 9 feet depth. I use ear plugs all the time (except when snorkeling or scuba diving) and have no problems.

Spock
September 5th, 2008, 11:15 PM
It is safe.

mazzy
September 6th, 2008, 03:35 AM
Great. Thanks again.

Syd
September 6th, 2008, 07:08 AM
Yes, it is safe. I always do it. I also only use one ear plug (in my right ear). Someone saw me doing it and asked me if I weren't in danger of damaging my eardrum. But I don't think there is anything to worry about, particulaly if your swim cap is pulled over your ears. No way could that amount of pressure push an earplug far enough into your eardrum to cause damage. As an added precaution make sure you don't insert the earplug too deeply into your ear.