Proper buoyancy control is an essential safety skill that requires practice and our full concentration. The scenario that the diver describes most likely occurred due to two factors that divers frequently underestimate. The first is buoyancy control. Had the diver established neutral buoyancy, he would not have continued to descend
From simple cases of swimmer’s ear to the serious and sometimes lasting damage of barotrauma, divers are vulnerable to ear problems because the delicate mechanisms that govern our hearing and balance just aren’t designed for the rapid pressure changes that result from diving.