Scuba Diving Weights
While scuba diving, scuba divers will have a lot of different equipment necessary for the dive. These may include the wetsuit, the mask, the snorkel, the regulator, the fins, and other gears. The most important thing next to the breathing devices that a diver must wear is the scuba diving weights.
Why Wear a Diving Weight Belt?
It is essential for a scuba diver to wear scuba diving weights and a weight belt because they are the part of the suit which determines how far a scuba diver can descend into the deep waters. The scuba diving weights are usually placed inside the weight belt and worn around the diver’s waist. There are also wrist and ankle weights if the diver feels the need for additional weights. The aim of scuba diving weights is to counteract the buoyancy of the other diving equipment.
Which Scuba Diving Weights and Weight Belts Do I Need?
There are many different colors and shapes of scuba diving weights and weights belts. However, while trying to find the right weights you must focus on your own body weight. Your total body weight determines the amount of scuba diving weights and the kind of weight belt you will require. It is easy to find the weight requirements in most scuba diving guide books.
A nylon weight belt with a quick release buckle is the most popular scuba diving weights system known. Purchasing this type of belt requires you to buy the weights separately, depending on your total body weight. Some scuba diving weights are curved in order to fit the waistline and are sold in pounds ranging from one to 10.
A buoyancy compensator with an integrated weight system can also be considered to purchase. This type of scuba diving weight system enables you to keep you buoyancy compensator in position while taking away the need to wear a separate belt or additional weights on the hands and or feet. It is a preferable scuba diving weights system to many professional divers as it is the most versatile and easiest to use.
Out of all the scuba diving accessories you buy or the type of diving you want to do, you must have a good, solid, reliable weight belt. Scuba diving weights are extremely vital in maintaining proper buoyancy and balance while underwater.
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