correct dive weights

hi guys new to spearfishing just getting some second hand gear to have a go now just wondering if there is a method to working out the correct amount of weight to have on your weight belt or is it just whatever is comfortable any help would be much appreciated thanks joe

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 I have scuba dived with

Mon, 2014-03-31 20:26

 I have scuba dived with ease, in t-shirt and shorts (a fortnight ago off rockingham) with two weights. Sunk like a brick.

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 Depends what suit you have,

Mon, 2014-03-31 21:43

 Depends what suit you have, everyone is different but i like to be neutral around 5m. I dive mostly with a 3mm suit and wear a chest weight that I havent weighed but it would be simmilar to 3ish belt weights. 

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 thanks guys 

Tue, 2014-04-01 07:38

 thanks guys 

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Its a balance act

Tue, 2014-04-01 08:01

You dont want to sink like a brick, and you dont want to battle to get down.

I agree with the neutral idea at 5m roughly. When new it will take a little time to work out. If you are a standard size with a 3ml wetty start with 3 wts, 5ml 4 and work from there.

Get to 5m odd and see if you can just float around that depth without effort. Deaper down you will find you should sink a little faster, higher up float a little easier. But just a guide as everyone has to work it out for themselves.


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thanks crasny very helpful

Tue, 2014-04-01 09:35

thanks crasny very helpful think I just gotta get out there and have a go trial and error I guess thanks again

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im in the same boat just

Tue, 2014-04-01 18:03

im in the same boat just starting out spearfishing, i got a 3-5mm wtty and weigh around 85-90kg, im 6ft + and i use 3 3lb weights, maybe a tiny tiny bit too heavy, but with no air i just sink so my nose is out of water, will float up from 10m+ slowly though, sit still on bottom at 3m, i got mine ofr $11 each i think, or was it $9?


Fishing and catching are two different things. But i want to learn how to catch.

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thanks fisher kid where did

Wed, 2014-04-02 09:01

thanks fisher kid where did you get your weights from mate....sounds like your a similar build to me so I will start there