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Please Note: Weights may not be shipped via Express Shipping (2 Day or Overnight). Prices shown include a nominal $0.50 per pound shipping surcharge.

Weight belts or other weight systems help scuba divers maintain neutral buoyancy underwater. Because of our natural buoyancy, most people would float to the surface without added weight. A full tank of air or other breathing gas and a buoyant wet suit increase the diver's need for added weight. The amount of weight you need to achieve neutral buoyancy depends on several different factors. You cannot use a simple formula to calculate exactly how much weight you need, but you can take certain factors into consideration when estimating how much weight will be ideal.  General rule of thumb, is that you need 8 to 10 percent of your body weight for salt water and 6 to 8 percent of your body weight for fresh water.  Always refer back to your SCUBA training manual for specific buoyancy check guidelines.


 

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