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Lost a weight pouch, Dang It!

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by ScubaSteve2000, Feb 13, 2009.

  1. Pitchblack

    Pitchblack Divemaster

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Sweden, Cold and murky Sweden.
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    I love Zeagle's ripcord-system. I dont think there is any possibility that the ripcord will untie itself without a large amount of force is put in the right direction on the handle.
     
  2. BDSC

    BDSC Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Wake Forest, NC
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    There are so many ways using a weight belt can kill you. Example: Diver 1 wears a weight belt and Diver 2 has a WI BC. It's a nice tropical caribbean dive. So both are gearing up at the back of the boat. Diver 1 is wearing only a skin and puts on his weight belt first. A rogue waves comes by and Diver 1 loses his balance and in he goes. He begins to sink. He tries to unbuckle his weight belt but he has the dreaded metal buckle and it's stuck. (If only he had the cheap plastic one he could have busted it off) So as he sinks and is about to perish, Diver 2 jumps in and immediately heads down to save Diver 1. The precious seconds that it would have taken for Diver 2 to put on a weight belt could have been the difference between life and death for Diver 1. So you see, wearing a weight belt not only could cost you your life, but it could cost the life of someone else. Wearing a WI BC could save your life or someone else.

    Of course some Know-it-all will come on here and say there would never be a rogue wave in the caribbean, but tell that to the people that were on the SS Poseidon. Remember all those people who died? Remember how they were all having a big time on New Years Eve? Well, here's what the public never knew. Under all those fancy gowns and tuxes, the people were wearing weight belts!!!!! Remember the people who survived? Did you see any of them wearing weight belts?

    Case closed.
     
  3. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
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    [​IMG] My first BC had integrated pouches but I hated the way they secured - never used them.
    As a total newbie learning from buying mistakes as well as scuba mistakes, I saw the XS belt and it was love at first site. I broke one of the plastic keepers somehow and had to cut it off in a hurry right before a dive, then replaced them all with metal keepers. I now have an Oceanic Probe Oceanic Worldwide - Scuba Diving Buoyancy Compensators - Probe LX with a wonderful pouch system, but have continued to carry the belt in case I need it or load it to someone on a boat, even tho that's how I've lost most of the gear I've lost. Also handy with dry suit diving as I can add weights to BC and belt both.
    $32 - 6 pouches - cool.

    This site seems to have a few on clearance, listed by the wrong name it seems: XS Baggage Weight Belt The black belt has 8 pockets the blue has 6 pockets and the Gray has 4 pockets - 5# pockets I think. $20 with shipping...
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    Hehe, looks like some of the pouches are upside down - easy to fix​
     
  4. ScubaSteve2000

    ScubaSteve2000 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Phoenix, AZ
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    Thanks to everybody for their input so far. I'm going to the LDS to see how the weight belt works with my BC. I like the weight harness too since it will keep the weight belt where it belongs. After being on SB for about a year I'm not surprised that the weight belt seems to be the prefered system. And I think it will work well with the kind of diving I usually do; Low vis, dark, cold and deep.
    Keep the ideas coming though.

    Steve.
     
  5. LIVES4SHARKS

    LIVES4SHARKS SHARK DIVA AI ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Savannah, Georgia
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    :rofl3: SS Poseidon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Of the SS buckles that I use both on my harness and weightbelt...I have never had any trouble with releasing them. I have had my weight pouch come out at depth. After that, I never felt safe with that system again. Mine did not have buckles only velcro. The problem with this system is that if you inflated your BC, it tended to pull the velcro apart enough that at depth, the pouches would slip out. I also found it extrememly hard to pull my weights when the velcro actually worked.

    If you do get a standard weightbelt with hard weights, I recommend triglides in between the weights to keep them from slipping on the strap.
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    I have had no trouble wearing a standard weightbelt or had any problem with comfort. Also, you must get the weightbelt tight on the surface so that it doesn't slip at depth when your wetsuit compresses.

    Carolyn:shark2:
     
  6. drdaddy

    drdaddy Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Oregon
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    I have a SeaQuest/AquaLung Pro-QD w/velcro BCD. I was diving the Red Sea (at some depth that compressed my wetsuit = less buoyancy) when I noticed a weight pouch laying about 3 feet from me on the bottom. My buddy and I saw it at the same time. I deflated my BCD and dropped enough to grab it - of course it was mine.

    I do not like AquaLungs new weight release system and I wanted a "failsafe" system that would release weights easily, but not accidently.

    Therefore, I have added a "ScubaPro" like buckle snap system. This has worked very good for me. I know this is a variation of the original design, but I have kept it simple. To release, I can squeeze the buckle snap, as I grab and pull back, the weights are released. I practice it and it works well.

    My PADI Instructor son uses both integrated releasable weights (Pro-QD) as well as a weight belt, and is not using any integrated non-releasable weights. I'm trying this as well.

    drdaddy

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  7. ScubaSteve2000

    ScubaSteve2000 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Phoenix, AZ
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    I especially like the original version with Ernest Borgnine.
     
  8. ScubaSteve2000

    ScubaSteve2000 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Phoenix, AZ
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    I did end up getting a XS weight belt and adding a harness. I agree that I would never have trusted the velcro weight pouches again. I spent about the same amount of money as replacing the pouches and I feel like I got a better system.
     
  9. LIVES4SHARKS

    LIVES4SHARKS SHARK DIVA AI ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Savannah, Georgia
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    SS2000,
    Yeah, when your safety feature fails, especially on more than one occasion, you definitely never trust it again. Since I have a crotch strap on my harness, I have the advantage of having a little extra backup device that keeps my weighbelt attached to me. I think women have the advantage with weightbelts anyway since the majority of us have smaller waists but big hips! :wink: The harness system makes sense for gentlemen with very lean torsos...and behinds! :D

    Safe diving y'all!
    Carolyn:shark2:
     
  10. J.R.

    J.R. Divemaster

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    Absolutely right... that's why all of us who started diving in the 60's and 70's are dead... the weight belts got us... :rofl3: :rofl3: :rofl3:
     

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