HOW TO DISTRIBUTE YOUR DIVING WEIGHTS ?

An important piece of kit for any diver, diving weights help you to get around in the water. Adjust your weighting and buoyancy and learn how to distribute your weights correctly with Subea!

Weighting is one of the basics for scuba diving. Your diving weights help you to descend correctly, so that you can discover the underwater world and move about in the water with ease. Still, your weighting has to be correct, and it has to be evenly distributed! Thibaut, our diving product manager, provides a few tips for correctly distributing your weights, and ensuring that you have a balanced dive.

DISTRIBUTING YOUR DIVING WEIGHTS

TIPS FOR PROPERLY DISTRIBUTING YOUR DIVING WEIGHTS

And finding your balance!

In general, either a weight belt or the BCD’s weight pockets are used to control your buoyancy. Regardless of which piece of kit you choose, it’s very important to properly distribute the weight so as not to be unbalanced once in the water. Don’t hesitate to test your equipment before the dive to see if you have too much, enough or insufficient lead. If you can remain at your 3m stop with around 50 bar in your tank and your BCD deflated, you’re properly weighted. At that moment, your buoyancy is what’s known as ‘neutral’ - meaning you’ve found the perfect balance in order to get around in the water!

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USING THE WEIGHT POCKETS ON THE BUOYANCY CONTROL DEVICE

If your BCD has integrated weight pockets, nothing could be easier! All you have to do is to place your lead weights inside, evenly distributed between the left and right side. You can also use your BCD’s back pockets. However, don’t put your weights in the ordinary pockets of your BCD - otherwise you risk losing them under water!

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USING A WEIGHT BELT

When using a weight belt, the weights must be properly distributed. Steel weights should be positioned at to the front of your belt, while aluminium weights should be positioned towards the back.

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A FINAL PIECE OF ADVICE

Before you dive…

If you’re not planning on using a weight belt or weight pockets, you can always use the tank strap. Before diving, don’t hesitate to ask your instructor if your diving tank is properly positioned in relation to your BCD, as this can have an influence on your horizontal position.

Finally, one essential point: don’t forget that, in all cases, your diving weights (or at least some of them) must be easy to drop if necessary!

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        Thibaut, Diving Product Manager Subea

        I am product manager for diving at Subea. I have practiced scuba diving for about ten years and I am PADI Rescue Diver with a specialty "deep diver" and PA60 - FFESSM. My goal is to share my passion through my products and to facilitate the use and practice of scuba diving for my customers. 

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