I have recently read a book about the arduous exploits of a Very famous sea captain, Lord George Anson (1697--1762). He sailed around the world from England starting in 1740 and returning in 1744. He did actually sail through the Islands of the Philippines hunting for the famous Manila galleon. Within this book is an extract about the lives of some Negro slaves who were used to freedive to collect pearl oysters from the deep ocean of the coast of Panama. "These are said not to be esteemed complete divers till they have by degrees been able to protract their stay under water so long that the blood gushes out from their nose, mouth and ears. It is the tradition of the country, that when this accident has befallen them, they dive for the future with much greater facility than before; and they have no apprehension either that any inconvenience can attend it, the bleeding generally stopping by itself, or that there is any probability of their ever being subject to it a second time. " To get back to the present. I would love to dive. I do get terrible ear pains when I get only as deep as two meter's. I havent always had such pains and will trace it back to my Army days when I did actually do a lot of shooting. (targets only ) Any of the Forum Diving persons can relate to this in any way ? I will if able go to my doctor to have this checked somehow. I have mentioned it before but they find nothing amiss with a simple examination of my ears. Take care all and wishing you good and safe diving.