View Full Version : Trimming out in Sidemount
May 16th, 2012, 12:51 AM
I've seen some discussions recently about how to best trim out in sidemount. A pretty vocal group has been those who don't believe in using trim weights to trim out in sidemount. While I agree that using trim weights is not necessary, I do believe there are instances where the use of trim weights can be much safer than relying on an air bubble or separate trim bladder to keep horizontal trim. Here's an article I wrote on this subject - Trimming out in Sidemount (http://chipoladivers.com/2012/05/trimming-out-in-sidemount/).
May 16th, 2012, 09:44 AM
Good article as usual Rob.
May 16th, 2012, 10:55 AM
Great article! I took a sidemount course last fall and have been trying out different tank configurations (lp steel 45's, lp steel 80's, and al 80's) since then to get used to each and figure out what kind of tanks I want to buy eventually. I'll have to try using the shoulder trim weights instead of using a cam strap with 2-4lb lead attached to each tank when diving aluminum tanks to adjust my trim.
Also learned sidemount diving wet and drysuit using single tank jacket bc, and still figuring out how best to combine them. Currently using the dry suit mostly for buoyancy, but will have to try using the wing instead and only add enough air to the drysuit to compensate for squeeze since it sounds like that is the preferred method.
May 16th, 2012, 12:39 PM
Very good article, and the last paragraph is pertinent to backmount divers, too. I think all too few cave divers have ever blown their tanks down to near-empty to check weighting, which is why even my instructors have told me to "take those weights OFF".