Scuba Buoyancy Masterclass 4of9 - Assessing Your Weight Requirements

Assessing Your Weight Requirements

Divers can achieve precise and correct weighting through the application of several assessment methods. As the diver progresses in experience, whenever they change equipment or whenever they change diving environments (salt/fresh water) they should re-assess their weighting. During initial stages of diver development, changes in breathing patterns and increased relaxation underwater often also allows a slow progressive reduction in weights.

Our aim is to carry sufficient weight to allow us to maintain neutral buoyancy at any stage in the dive, without carrying excess weight that has to be off-set by adding extra air to our BCDs. At the very most, we need sufficient weight to allow us to maintain neutral buoyancy at the end of the dive, when our exposure suits re-gain buoyancy on ascent and we have depleted a significant weight of gas from our scuba cylinders. This is essential if we are to maintain safety stops and conduct a slow, controlled ascent from that stop to the surface......

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