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Old 09-26-2007, 11:09 AM   #1
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Stuffing the BC with weights or use a weight belt?

I have a weight integrated BC.
When I dive in the quarry I find myself loading the BC with weights, near 30lbs. Should I consider using my weight belt to carry some of the load.
If yes, do I place the weight behind me since the intergrated weights are in front?
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Old 09-26-2007, 11:13 AM   #2
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I'd consider using a steel tank first...that will take some of the burden off your BC pockets ....usually your BC has a limit to how mush you should use in it..I think I can safely put 10 in each dump pocket, and 5 in each non-dump pocket (which make the limit 30lbs...)

Haven't needed more than that yet...
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Old 09-26-2007, 02:32 PM   #3
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A steel tank would help. If that's not an option I would move some of the weight to a belt. Don't leave anymore in your BC than you can swim to the surface with if you had to dump the belt. I believe the normal ratio is 70/30 with the 70% going in front. Do you have trim pockets (in back) on your BC? And I'm guessing you're diving some kind of 7 mil arrangement with a aluminum tank to be packing that kind of lead.

Another nice option is the DUI weight harness, I think ST has it on their site. It helps transfer the bearing part of the weight to your shoulders and off your lower back. I have a friend who had back surgery and he can't dive comfortably without the harness.
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Old 09-26-2007, 02:40 PM   #4
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When I do dry suit I need about 34# to get down. I put 20# on my BC, 10 on my belt, and 4 is around my ankles.
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Old 09-26-2007, 03:58 PM   #5
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I am wearing a 6.5 FJ, Hood, Gloves and Boots; the works. Rental Alum 80 on my back and 30lbs of lead. I will move 10lbs onto a belt, 14lbs in QLR pouches and 6lbs in the rear trim pockets.

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Sounds like a plan. If you get time, post us how that works out. I don't usually put more than about 6 lbs in the rear trim pockets or it tends to pull me that way if I turn on my side to look at something.
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I would try and jump to a steel tank.. if not.. I might move some to a belt.. I've never used anywhere close to that weight though. Warm water yay!
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I will be at the quarry this weekend to try out my genius plan.
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I would try and jump to a steel tank.. if not.. I might move some to a belt.. I've never used anywhere close to that weight though. Warm water yay!

Can't beat that quarry diving for warm water and great viz!
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