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Losing integrated weights

Discussion in 'Near Misses and Lessons Learned' started by Joaz Banbeck, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. gcarter

    gcarter Orca

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    Not certain, not enough information. Depends on exposure protection, depth (25M in the example) and weight distribution. When I am diving a 7mm with my HP100, I wear 3lbs in each of my trim pockets and removable pockets. Losing 3lbs at 25M would hardly cause me to rocket to the surface, and I am not overweighted.
     
  2. dfx

    dfx Regular of the Pub

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    And how much air you have left.
     
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  3. jord1990

    jord1990 Nassau Grouper

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    I lost 1 pouche with 3 kg in it while I was at 18 meters. if you dump air fast enough you can just swim down to retrieve it
     
  4. dive_turkey

    dive_turkey Barracuda

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    Your buddy had been turned into a weight pouch? That's just cruel... though not as bad as being turned into a p-valve.

    I'm a big fan of weight distribution. Headed to the water this weekend to play around with weight pockets in the Ranger and weight on the belt while diving dry. I really wish I could test dive one of those Mako rubber belts. Might just have to order one based on reputation alone. So far, I really like what I hear.
     
  5. clownfishsydney

    clownfishsydney Loggerhead Turtle

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    I lost on in August on a trip to the UK when I was descending at about 5 metres (15 feet). A lighter line on the shotline got caught on one of my weight pocket handles and pulled it out. I saw the pocket disappear to the bottom in about 25 metres (say 85 feet). It was about 4 kgs (6.5 lbs). I decided to keep going down and find it it which was relatively easy. Even if I did not, I would have been okay to ascend slowly by picking up a small piece of wreck or a rock.
     
  6. TSandM

    TSandM Missed and loved by many. Rest in Peace

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    I have been unpleasantly surprised on several occasions at how little rocks weigh underwater . . . unless you are lucky enough to live somewhere where there are lead ores :)

    I was VERY dubious about the rubber weight belts, so much so that I wasn't going to buy one. (No store locally carries them so that you can look at them.) Dumpster Diver here was so convinced I would like the belt that he BOUGHT one and sent it to me, telling me if I liked it I could pay him back, and if I didn't, no worries. Needless to say, he got his money and I have been using the belt ever since. They're really nice.
     
  7. dive_turkey

    dive_turkey Barracuda

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    Sold! I'll promptly send him my address! :wink:

    They sell then here, but 19€ is not cheap... I'll probably get one this weekend anyway.
     
  8. TSandM

    TSandM Missed and loved by many. Rest in Peace

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    That's not unlike the price here -- I think it was somewhere in the $35 to $40 range. Seemed like a lot for a belt, but I really like it, and the stainless of the buckle seems to be very good quality.
     
  9. dumpsterDiver

    dumpsterDiver Banned

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    Glad you like the belt. They are not that expensive, but shipping on one small item adds up.

    I think of the rubber belt and scuba divers -sort like Green Eggs and Ham:


    I do not like
    green eggs
    and ham!

    I do not like them,
    Sam-I-am.

    You do not like them.
    SO you say.
    Try them! Try them!
    And you may.
    Try them and you may I say.

    Sam!
    If you will let me be,
    I will try them.
    You will see.

    Say!
    I like green eggs and ham!
    I do!! I like them, Sam-I-am!
     
  10. themagni

    themagni Barracuda

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    I have yet to encounter a local diver carrying less than 30 pounds. I've got a SS backplate, 5# in each ditchable pouch, 4 x 5# in tank pouches, and 2 x 2# around the tank.

    So somewhere near 40#, and I've got next to no biological buoyancy. (12% BF) Of course, that means I have to have a warmer exposure suit, so I've got a neoprene drysuit with dry gloves and battery-powered heat. Even if I went to steel tanks (which would run me more than a grand!) I'd still be carting around 30# of lead. (In tropical waters, I cart around a whopping 6#.)
     

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