4. What Is the Correct Size for A Diving Weight Belt?
We know that wearing a dry suit with 12 kg/26 lbs. around your waist is not the same as diving in the Caribbean Sea with a 3 mm wetsuit and 6 kg/13 lbs. That’s why when selecting your diving weight belt, consider the type of diving you’ll be doing the most and make your choice accordingly.
If you decide to go with a diver’s weight belt that has pockets, follow the manufacturer’s size guide and select the one that fits you best.
Alternatively, if you choose a nylon belt, the best way to determine the correct size for your dive belt is to measure your waist while wearing your wetsuit.
To ensure a comfortable fit for your diving weight belt during the dive, it’s important to have an appropriate length for the free end. The free end should not be too long as it could get caught on something and hinder your movement underwater. On the other hand, if it’s too short, it will be difficult to adjust the belt during the dive. The recommended length for the free end of the belt is between 10 and 15 cm, and it should never exceed 20 cm.
So, add the necessary amount to pass the buckle, plus an extra size of your hand to your waist measurement. This will allow you to easily remove the belt if needed, and it will be the correct size for your dive weight belt.
It’s common for divers to leave excess nylon that they then tie in any way. However, this is a mistake because it can create difficulties when trying to get rid of the belt.
As you can see, knowing the correct size of the weighted dive belt is a matter of safety. So, if you have any doubts, feel free to contact us.
5. The Most Common Problems with Diver’s Weight Belts
According to Diver Alert Network DAN, there are several issues in diving that are directly related to the diver’s weight belt. The Australian DIMS study found some common errors that include:
- Not properly securing the diving weight belt buckle;
- Securing the loose end of the diver’s weight belt instead of leaving it loose for quicker release;
- Realize they do not have enough weight when entering the water;
- Over-weighting, which leads to vertical diving and increased workload;
- Losing weights that have been placed in the BCD or jacket to compensate, due to poorly closed Velcro;
- Incorrectly adjusting the dive weight belt, causing the weight to flip over and fall forward, while the buckle is in the back and out of reach;
- Constantly checking and releasing the buckle;
- Damage or injury caused by improper handling or placement of weights.
Some tips to avoid these problems involve properly placing the weight on the diving weight belt. Instead of concentrating it mostly on the back, it is necessary to evenly distribute it around the hips. This way, we will avoid the belt from flipping over.
In addition, it is essential to ensure that the weights do not move and complicate access to the buckle. This can be done by threading the buckle through one of the loops, twisting it, and then threading it through the other. You can also use stops to prevent the diving weights from moving.
In case of an emergency, it is important to quickly release the divers weight belt, so we must ensure that there are no straps or harnesses that prevent it. It is essential to verify that there are no knives or other tools placed in a way that can trap the belt that needs to be released.
6. Is It Worth Buying a Diving Weight Belt?
For those who travel to different places to dive and want to avoid paying overweight fees imposed by airlines, the ideal alternative is to rent a diver’s weight belt.
However, you can also choose a belt with pockets designed to hold soft or hard weights. These belts allow us to use our own equipment and a belt that we know well and that fits our gear. This way, we can travel with our own equipment without having to transport heavy weights from one place to another around the world. We will rent the diving weights at the dive center.
With Dressel Divers, you won’t have to rent your diving weight belt or weights, as they are included for free.