Posted by RaiderKarl on March 08, 2001 at 12:24:02:
In Reply to: Freediving posted by manta on March 07, 2001 at 17:03:09:
Freediving is what gives me the confidence and piece of mind in scuba to enter the water negatively buoyant all loaded up with compressed air. In PADI for recreational diving we teach divers to be neutrally buoyant at 15' depth with 500 psi remaining in their tanks. With a load of air in a full tank, you will be negative up to that point in your dive. When I am freediving, I weight myself with 10 lbs to be slightly positive at the surface in my 7mm Nor.Cal. BodyGlove wetsuit. I can still kick down to about 35' from there and search for abs. A marker buoy is nice, in case you need to go up for air before the ab lets go. Freediving is fun, and adds an additional safety skill to your scuba, in my opinion.
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