# Do you need a weight belt for snorkeling?

## Do you need a weight belt for snorkeling?

The only reason to use a snorkeling weight belt is if you like to freedive down to get closer to things, for pictures and to see under ledges. The weight helps you do that with less physical effort, so you don’t run out of breath as easy.

### How much weight should I use for snorkeling?

The general rule of weights is: 5% of your body weight wearing a 3mm wetsuit when spearfishing, freediving and snorkeling. 10% of your body weight wearing a 5mm wetsuit when scuba diving.

Do you need a weight belt to free dive?

Freedivers wear lead weights to offset the positive buoyancy of their bodies and their wetsuits. To freedive comfortably, we use enough weight to help us descend to the point our lungs and wetsuit compress to the point we achieve buoyancy.

How much weight do I need on my dive belt?

Initial weight: If you’re not sure where to begin, figure about 10% of your body weight. If you are diving in tropical waters with a thin wetsuit, subtract 4-6 pounds, and if you are diving in cold water with a lot of exposure protection, add 4-6 pounds. Then you can tweak.

## Do divers still use weight belts?

They work just like typical belts and fasten around your waist. Diving weight belts are the oldest system used in scuba diving, and they’re the “tried-and-true” system for a few divers. These belts are very easy to find and are affordable, too.

### Why do divers wear weight belts?

Divers wear diver weighting systems, weight belts or weights to counteract the buoyancy of other diving equipment, such as diving suits and aluminium diving cylinders, and buoyancy of the diver.

How do I calculate my freediving weight belt?

Calculate with 1 kg (2.2 pounds) / every millimeter of your suit thickness plus add 2kg (4.4 pounds) extra. Based on 80 kg (176 lbs) of body weight and 3 mm wetsuit this means 5 kg/11 pounds weights. If you have slim body shape, add only 1.5kg/3.3 pounds. If you are larger, add on 2.5kg/5.5 pounds.

How much should you weigh without a wetsuit?

Most people have to add 3-5 lbs when going from no suit to something like a 3mm shortie. HOWEVER, it is always advisable to do a buoyancy check before diving*. Therefore it is also a good idea to have extra weights with you.

## Why do free divers wear a belt?

1) Rubber weight belts help you maximize your pre-dive breathe-up (so you can inhale more oxygen and freedive deeper). To get the most oxygen possible during your breathe-up; you must inhale deeply into your diaphragm.

### Is there a weight limit to scuba dive?

Scuba diving does not have a maximum weight limit. However, it is a sport and most sports requires a certain level of fitness to participate. Obesity, however, can pose danger as it often goes hand in hand with heart problems, high blood pressure and diabetes, all of which require a doctor’s approval to dive.

Should you accidentally exceed your dive computer’s no decompression limit?

As a recreational diver, you should never plan to exceed, or even dive right up to, the no-decompression limits), but if you accidentally find yourself past your dive time or maximum depth and running to deco, it’s good to know what to do.