How Much Weight Do I Need For Scuba Diving?

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How Much Weight Do I Need For Scuba Diving?

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Scuba diving weights play an important role in scuba diving in terms of descending and buoyancy. Because our bodies along with all the scuba gear are naturally buoyant and as a result will float naturally. The role of the weights is it helps the scuba diver to sink when they are ready.

Getting the diving weights correct depends on a number of factors such as are you using a drysuit or wetsuit, your own weight, and are you diving in salt water or fresh water. Generally speaking as a rule of thumb you add around 10% of your body weight of extra weight.

In today’s post, we will go through in more detail how much weight do I need for scuba diving. So let’s get started!

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There Are A Number Of Factors To Consider

There is a number of factors you need to take into account when trying to work out the weight you need. As these can affect the amount of weight you may need. These factors include the following.

  • The suit you are wearing is a factor. If you are using a drysuit or a wetsuit, as well as the thickness of your suit, will all affect the weight you will need.
  • Saltwater or freshwater? Saltwater weighs more than freshwater so if scuba diving in freshwater you need less weight than you would in saltwater.
  • The weight of your tank with the air in it is a factor. As the air in the tank is used, the tank will become lighter causing you to float.