Weights and Weightbelts

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR WEIGHTS AND WEIGHTBELT .

Plenty has been said regarding the number of weights you require on the Weightbelt…You should have 1kg for every 10kg of weight…THIS IS NONSENSE.

The average person is neutrally buoyant in a costume in a swimming pool. We need to add weights when we dive because we have put on a wetsuit…this is ultimately the same as wrapping yourself in bubble wrap and trying to swim! The wetsuit is what makes us incredibly buoyant. The number of weights required on the weight belt is the number of weights it takes to sink your own personal wetsuit – thats it.

Of course a larger person, will have a larger wetsuit and so will require more weights to pull the wetsuit down – however this is NOT determined by how much the person weighs.

The biggest issue with diving today is that the average diver is diving with FAR TOO MANY WEIGHTS! This leads to countless more issues on the dive itself.


1) You have too many weights, so once you get passed 5m and the wetsuit compresses – you start to sink like a stone. Now you need to add more air to the BC in order to achieve Neutral Buoyancy.


2) By adding more air to the BC, you have just increased your “drag” factor in the water. It now means you have to work much harder and extend more energy to move in the water.


3) Because you are using more energy trying to move in the water – You USE MORE AIR.


4) The worst possible solution now becomes…”Let’s give you a Bigger Cylinder too last longer”

You’ve now added the additional weight of a larger cylinder and increased your Drag and the vicious cycle continues…

THE BUCKLE

You get plastic and stainless steel the choice is yours with no great advantage either way.


There are compensating buckles that are really, really great … they are spring loaded and take up the slack caused by wetsuit compression.

THE WEBBING

The standard Fabric Webbing is the usual weight belt webbing you will find.


However if you are a very large person, look at getting a full rubber stretchy belt. You could use standard webbing with a compensating buckle.

THE WEIGHTS

You want to be balanced and stable in the water so the weights should be bunched in the front like the keel of a boat.


The weights that spread around the body are not a great idea.

SOFT WEIGHTS

Soft weights are a fantastic solution for integrated BCs.

We discourage the use of solid lead weights within integrated weight pockets as these often damage the BCs. Soft weights are available in various sizes, 500g, 1kg, and 2kgs. Soft weights are often comprised of lead shot. 

Bright Weight Belt

SKU: BW Belt
R385.00
Brightweight Belt The Brightweight Belt is under the Weights and Weightbelts category and is available at our Dive Shop. For

Bright Weight Soft Weights 1kg

SKU: BW021
R150.00
Bright Weight Soft Weights 1Kg The Bright Weight Soft Weights 1kg are under the Weights and Weightbelts category and is

Bright Weight Soft Weights 500g

SKU: BW020
R85.00
Bright Weight Soft Weights 500g The Bright Weight Soft Weights 500g are under the Weights and Weightbelts category and is

Bright Weights Slug Weights

SKU: SLUG
R75.00
Bright Weights Slug Weight (500g) The Bright Weights Slug Weight (500g) is under the Weights and Weightbelts category and is

Bright Weights Soft Weight 2kg

SKU: BW022
R305.00
Bright Weight Soft Weights 2kg The Bright Weight Soft Weights 2kg are under the Weights and Weightbelts category and is

Divetek Compensating Buckle

SKU: BB-03
R320.00
Divetek Compensating Buckle The Divetek Compensating Buckle is under the Weights and Weightbelts category and is available at our Dive Shop.

Divetek Plastic buckle

SKU: BB-04
R60.00
Divetek Plastic Buckle The Divetek Plastic Buckle is under the Weights and Weightbelts category and is available at our Dive Shop. For more

Divetek Stainless Steel Buckle

SKU: BB-02
R150.00
Divetek Stainless Steel Buckle The Divetek Stainless Steel Buckle is under the Weights and Weightbelts category and is available at our Dive Shop.

Divetek Weightbelt and Stainless Steel Buckle (1.4m)

SKU: WEBUCKLE
R213.00
Divetek Weightbelt and Stainless Steel Buckle (1.4m) The Divetek Weightbelt and Stainless Steel Buckle (1.4m) is under the Weights and

Divetek Weightbelt Slides

SKU: 17050
R7.50
Divetek Weightbelt Slides   The Divetek Weightbelt Slides are under the Weights and Weightbelts category and is available at our Dive Shop. For

Weight 1kg – Square

SKU: 17146
R80.00
Weight 1kg – Square   The Weight 1kg – Square is under the Weights and Weightbelts category and is available at our Dive Shop.

Weightbelt Webbing per/m

SKU: 17040
R45.00
Weight belt Webbing per/m The Weight belt webbing per/m under the Weights and Weightbelts category and is available at our Dive
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