So I constantly have a concern with equaliztion problems. I’ve called Dan on a couple occasions and they gave me some great feedback on equalization. First one is to actually start equalizing before you dive. This helps to get your ears prepared. The first 33 feet create the most potential concerns so I take my time and equalize always early and often. Second, if I am diving in a downward position I find it more difficult to equalize, so I will upright myself, And take a moment to equalize. Third and of course there are different comments on this, is that I use Sudafed to help open up my eustachin tubes. Please make sure you check with your doctor before taking any drugs prior to diving... Dan has a good article on it... hope this helps!