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How much scuba weights do you need?

by Arjan Ligtermoet

The hardest thing when you start scuba diving is how much scuba weights do you need. That is the reason why we made a quick guide to help you.

How much weights do you need?

It all starts with how much weights do you have with you while you scuba dive. When you’re over weighted it is really hard to find your neutral buoyancy. Okay, i hear you say what is neutral buoyancy? When you achieved a neutral buoyancy you will float around in the water. So you don’t float to the surface(positive buoyancy) or sink to the bottom(negative buoyancy).

But how can i know how much weights i need? When you don’t have any water around you can use a calculation. we have created a calculator that also takes into account your experience and equipment. You can find it here! But the best thing is to be in the water and test it.

The best thing you can do is take a scuba tank but it needs to be almost empty, like you just ended your dive. You get to a pool or water where you easy can switch weights. Put some weights on the side of the pool and just stay on the surface. When you have weights in your BC you can deflate your BCD completely. If you inhaled completely you will stay on the surface.

surface neutral

When you exhale completely you will descend slowly, don’t take a big breath again but just a small one so you can exhale quickly after you inhale. When you descend really fast you can get rid of a pound of 2. After that you will try again until the point you descend slowly under water. If your lungs are half full of air you will be floating on the surface like the photo above.

How much weight do I start? Okay, when you don’t know with how many weights you need to start we have made a calculator for you. You can find it here: Scuba Weight Calculator

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Richard April 8, 2019 - 10:58 pm

Excellent video, I always enjoy reviewing the basics and have a new partner, female to dive with now so we want to be on the same page before a review course together then our first dive together here in San Dige CA.

Corné Ligtermoet April 12, 2019 - 2:24 pm

Thanks Richard!


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