Weight belt set-up and donning for scuba diving
Indeed, most scuba divers do not give due weight to this particular aspect. However, how you put on your weight belt is essential to keep a proper hydrodynamics position. In turn, this have a remarkable impact on comfort, physical exertion efficiency, and ultimately on air consumption.
In particular, you only need to follow the following guidelines to properly put on the weight belt. These instructions are quite simple.
- Put on the belt is such a way that you can release it using your right hand. To do this, put the buckle on the left side of your body. Let the other end so that it can be clearly seen from outside your equipment. Please, do remember that the weighting system should be put in such a way that both you and your buddy can get rid of it if necessary. It is exactly for this reason that putting on the weight belt shall be done in a standard way, instead of being personalized to the scuba diver’s choice.
- Fasten your belt as much as you can, taking into account that the wetsuit will compress with pressure, and the initial fitting will loosen. If the wetsuit compression makes the belt get loose, the position of the weight will change. This may cause instability. The belt might even fell off, if it slid below your waistline.
- Put the pieces of weights preferably on the abdominal side of your body. This allows your centre of gravity to remain in front of your waist, helping you to keep a hydrodynamics positioning for navigating. If you put the weight on the back side, it will pull you away from the horizontal navigation position, and it will cause discomfort as you will sink.
- When setting up the belt, please, make sure that you put the pieces of weight symmetrically with respect to the vertical axis of your body. Otherwise you will get unbalance and deviated, which causes notable discomfort during the dive.
For more information have a look at the Specialty Course Buoyancy Control.