Equalize early and often is the key. I used to have issues mainly my right ear. I began trying different techniques and have read many tips, techniques, opinions, etc. I have tried everything from Sudafed to nasal rinse out. What i find to work is begin equalizing the night before , make sure you can clear even if it takes several attempts. As i wake up I begin continual equalizing so it becomes easier and easier so when I hit the water I am more likely to clear. As mentioned my right ear was my issue, I find it work if I tilt my head so my right ear is facing up as i clear it almost always clears the first time without any trouble. Took me too long to find this out but glad i did. Give it a try. If you have trouble in both ears try a back and forth tilt and clear? Good luck!