Have you ever experienced that indescribable feeling as you snort up a bunch of pool water as a child and your brain feels as though its about to burst. Your eyes tear up and a waterfall streams out your nose? Yes it’s horrendous and so not attractive.
In the open water course, this is more than likely going to happen. It even happens when your not on course! Here’s a trick I learnt to help prevent the undeniable brain attack whilst clearing your mask.
No.1… Don’t sniff the water! It tastes disturbingly like salty fish
No.2… Think of your most favourite song and start humming it.
The idea is to release air into your mask to expel the water out from your mask. The easiest way to breath out your nose without having to actually think of doing so, is to hum.
Place your tongue against the opening of the regulator mouth piece, and start humming. You don’t have to be a rapper or a choir singer, all you have to do is hum 3 seconds of your favorite child hood song (that’s if you can remember how it goes).
If this doesn’t work for you on the first go… Remember rule No.1…. And then try again.
Eventually, your dive buddies will start humming the chorus