# Your question: How heavy should my dive belt be?

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Initial weight: If you’re not sure where to begin, figure about 10% of your body weight. If you are diving in tropical waters with a thin wetsuit, subtract 4-6 pounds, and if you are diving in cold water with a lot of exposure protection, add 4-6 pounds. Then you can tweak.

## How much does a diving weight belt weigh?

It normally is in the range of 2 kilograms (4.4 lb) to 15 kilograms (33 lb). The weights can be distributed to trim the diver to suit the purpose of the dive.

## How heavy should my weight belt be for snorkeling?

The general rule of weights is: 5% of your body weight wearing a 3mm wetsuit when spearfishing, freediving and snorkeling. 10% of your body weight wearing a 5mm wetsuit when scuba diving.

## How do I calculate my freediving weight belt?

Calculate with 1 kg (2.2 pounds) / every millimeter of your suit thickness plus add 2kg (4.4 pounds) extra. Based on 80 kg (176 lbs) of body weight and 3 mm wetsuit this means 5 kg/11 pounds weights. If you have slim body shape, add only 1.5kg/3.3 pounds. If you are larger, add on 2.5kg/5.5 pounds.

## Is water 400 times denser than air?

As divers, we have to deal with the effects of water density. Water is about 800 times denser than air, and the first effect noticed by most people is the increased effort required to move while in the water.

## Is there a weight limit for scuba diving?

Scuba diving does not have a maximum weight limit. However, it is a sport and most sports requires a certain level of fitness to participate. Every active diver should undergo a medical examination once a year to demonstrate physical compliance. Being a bit chubby is not the issue here.

## How much weight should I use on weight belt spearfishing?

As a general rule, to find the amount of weight you need take the thickness of your wetsuit then + 2 to get a starting point. For example: A 3mm wetsuit = 3 + 2 = 5kg of weight. A 5mm wetsuit = 5 + 2 = 7kg of weight.

## Do you need a weight belt for scuba diving?

Weight systems are essential in scuba diving. They give you a much easier descent and let you make a fast, easy ascent whenever you need to.

## How much weight do I need with a 7mm wetsuit?

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Basic Weight Guidelines (Source: PADI) Exposure Suit Type
2/3mm = 1/16 in. Jumpsuit 7% of your body weight
5mm = 3/16 in. jumpsuit or two piece 10% of your body weight
7mm = 1/4 in. wet suit w/ hood & gloves 10% of your body weight, +1.5 – 3 kg / 3 – 5lbs.
See note just below!

## How heavy should my weight belt be for freediving?

Weights in the 0.5-1 kg/1-2 lb range are ideal. This will also more evenly distribute the weight around your body and allow for more streamlined freediving. It will also decrease your effort and increase your bottom time.

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## How much weight should I add to a 3mm wetsuit?

Assuming your base weight came from a fresh water pool in a 3mm wetsuit, you would typically add between 4 lbs – 7 lbs of weight, if you’re wearing a 3mm wetsuit.

## How much should you weigh without a wetsuit?

Most people have to add 3-5 lbs when going from no suit to something like a 3mm shortie. HOWEVER, it is always advisable to do a buoyancy check before diving*. Therefore it is also a good idea to have extra weights with you.