Posted by tleemay on August 16, 2000 at 03:47:38:
In Reply to: Weight off my back posted by Ed L on August 15, 2000 at 20:38:36:
What do you consider pricey? There is a way to
drop 6 lbs or more off your belt and still
retain enough ditchable weight for emergencies.
If done this way, you can remove the 6-7 lbs off
the belt, leaving only 13-14 lbs on the belt.
Problem is, it does cost money and it still
leaves the 20 overall pounds on you. Eliminating
the effects of weight will be tough on the overall
feel regardless if it's on your belt, on your tank,
or attatched somewhere else... you would still have
to lift it unless you dive from a boat and have
the luxury and skill to don the belt in the water
before the dive and hand it up to the boat crew
afterwards. If you are a frequent beach diver,
this obviously won't solve your problem.
And keep in mind that if you do add weight by
just clipping on two 2 lb ankle weights you will
create another problem - your balance in the
water will be off if you like to maintain a
horizontal attitude underwater. The added weight
to your ankles will force your angle torso
upwards. If you are going to add the weight and
it's not going to be easily ditched, put is where
it will do the most good, against your back.
Good luck with the issue.
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