A part of me gets excited whenever I hear that something is impossible or very difficult. I am drawn to challenges. A part of me that likes extending frontiers, creating new knowledge, expanding our collective idea of what is true and possible.
When people said that only very few people could hands free equalize naturally and learning how to do it was very difficult or near impossible, it was a learning and writing opportunity I couldn't resist.
I have a slight obsession with equalization. Sometimes when people ask me what do I like about freediving, I would say learning the techniques of equalization. So here you have the story behind my hands free (or BTV or VTO) equalization articles.
These three articles chronicle my three-year depth journey in freediving - from feeling terrible that I couldn't Frenzel to feeling joyful to discover that hands free equalization could be learned; from the frustration of not being able to summon any more air into my mouth at 20 m to the surprise of discovering I still had air in my mouth at 50 m.
It has been one fascinating journey.
1. Hands Free Equalization for the Beginner and the Curious
This article introduces hands free equalization, what it is, what is known about it, and what we do not know about it. It also tells you how I experimented with it.
2. Lessons about Equalization
Some things happen along the way that made me realised hands free equalization had its limitations. It made me want to learn Frenzel as well. But overall, it made me realised that the equalization journey was an individual one and that there were different ways to learn it and it helped to know more than one method.
3. Learning to Hands Free Equalize: How I Taught Myself to BTV
I wanted to teach others the method I used to teach myself how to hands free equalize. So this one is more like an experimental teaching manual.
Please enjoy these articles. May you have a wonderful equalization journey too!