How to keep water from getting up the nose while underwater

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How to keep water from getting up the nose while underwater
Learning breathing techniques can help stop water getting up your nose while swimming. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

One of the more uncomfortable things that can happen while you are swimming is getting water up your nose. Not only is this unpleasant but it can lead to sinus infections, drinking unwanted pool/sea water as well as possibly causing an unwanted cough. Some people wear a nose clip or nose plugs to keep water out, but with a little practice you can learn a technique to control your breathing that will stop water from getting up your nose. This is more convenient than using special equipment.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Take a breath before you submerge your face into the water.

  2. 2

    Slowly exhale through your nose so that you are blowing a stream of tiny bubbles. This keeps your sinuses pressurized so air will not enter.

  3. 3

    Lift your head from the water when you need to take another breath and breathe in through your mouth. As you submerge again start blowing out through your nose.

  4. 4

    Practice control. Once you have mastered the basic technique, you can learn to vary the rate you exhale through the nose at. Blow out more quickly as you dive to the bottom of the pool, and learn to breathe rhythmically if you are swimming a regular stroke.

Tips and warnings

  • You can practice your breathing technique at home in a large bowl full of water. This will allow you to become comfortable with putting your face underwater.

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