When scuba diving, you must counteract the buoyancy of other diving equipment such as diving suits and aluminium diving cylinders. Lucas Divestore offers for this reason a collection of weights both hard weight and soft weight.
The difference between hard weights and soft weights
Hard weights are pieces of (coated) solid lead you can attach to a weight belt (or in some cases between your cylinders). Soft weights are little bags filled with grains of lead that can be easily added to your weight belt or in the weight pockets of your BCD.
Weight belt, V-Weights and ankle weights
You can place weights in different ways.
A weight belt is a belt you can put extra weight in or on. You can place a V-Weight between your cylinders and you can put on an ankle weight for more weight on your feet/leg.
How much weight do you need?
You can use Archimedes' principle to figure out how much weight you need: “Any object, totally or partially immersed in a fluid or liquid, is buoyed up by a force equal to the weight of the fluid displaced by the object.”
- If you weigh more than the force of the weight of the fluid, you’ll sink.
- If you weigh just as much as force of the weight of the fluid, you hang in one place.
- If you weigh less than the force of the weight of the fluid, you float.
This can be done trough trial and error. At the beginning of your dive, hang with your complete set of equipment in the water. Release all the air out of your BCD and keep your lungs half full. Go into the water up until your nose. Breath in, you’ll need to come up a little, breath out, you’ll need to sink a little. Then add the necessary amount of weight.
Weight at Lucas Divestore
Here at Lucas Divestore we have a great assortment of weights. Have more questions about weights or other equipment? Our co-workers are ready to help! Contact us or visit our megastore!