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How much weight do you carry (warm water)?

Discussion in 'Buoyancy Compensators (BC's) and Weight Systems' started by athigunk, Oct 11, 2019.

How much weight do you carry (warm water)?

  1. <3.00

  2. 3.00-3.49

  3. 3.50-3.99

    0 vote(s)
  4. 4.00-4.49

  5. 4.50-4.99

  6. 5.00-5.49

    0 vote(s)
  7. 5.50-5.99

  8. 6.00-6.49

  9. 6.50-6.99

  10. >=7.00

  1. BRT

    BRT Giant Squid

    I'm not interested in breathing from the bottom half of my lungs. 16lb is what I use and it is none too much if I am low on air.
    Altamira likes this.
  2. BRT

    BRT Giant Squid

    Great way to improve your air usage. Take a quick breath and immediately exhale it instead of getting some gas exchange out of it.
  3. drk5036

    drk5036 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Sapporo, Japan
    It’s just shocking to me how different it is, person to person. I use 6 kg (13 pounds) including my back plate, while wearing a 8/7 mm semidry. That’s using a 10 liter steel tank which will be pretty negative, it’s just shocking to me we would wear the same weight when I have so much more neoprene. Interesting.
  4. Altamira

    Altamira ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Canyon Lake, TX
    It is not shocking to me at all. A proficient/advanced (not per an AOW card) who dives frequently, and pays attention to weighting and trim is going to use what is needed for proper buoyancy. It does not matter what the dive buddy or the diver sitting next to on the dive boat needs, or what the DM/Instructor thinks is needed. I chuckle every time one of these polls or questions pops up because comparing weighting is very personal, based on a wide variety of factors mentioned previously. Weight requirements is more like comparing apples and baseballs. They may be similar in size and shape, but one will likely float, and the other sink.
  5. athigunk

    athigunk BKK Divers

    The poll is not for comparison, it just helps me learn the diversity. This topic is pretty sensitive and I agree that some people really need that much weight to compensate their positive body physics. Although, I feel the need to point out that there are some apples out there that might be thinking they are baseball, in which proper training and experience are needed to help them realize that it is not the case. True overweighting is not an option since it is bad for both the divers themselves and for the environment as stated in (I think) every agency's OW book.
  6. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    6' 1" 225 lbs 20 lbs of weight (I overweight myself for stability)

    I don't see that any advice others can give you would be relevant. Too many variables. Do a weight check.
    Diving Dubai likes this.
  7. MiloR

    MiloR Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Ohio
    18# with Shorty 2mm - 5'10", 280#. Could have probably been fine with 15# -16# but did not want to play with adjusting this week. Next trip I will take the time to try some other weights.
  8. Jcp2

    Jcp2 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    4/3 full suit, jacket BC, AL80, 14#.
    3/2 full suit, back inflate BC, AL80, 12#.
    3/2 full suit, back inflate BC, HP100, 8#.
    3/2 full suit, Al BP/W, HP100, 5#.
    Dive skin, Al BP/W, HP100, 0#.

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