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Dive floats

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May 31, 2001
I've been looking around trying to decide what type of dive float to purchase. I freedive off shore, and I was wondering whether there were any disadvantages to the inflatable types as opposed to the solid plastic ones. I've been leaning towards the inflatable type for storage convenience.
Hi Sakatak,
In reply to your question it all depends on a few things.Firstly the country in which you are diving in. I bought an inflatable float and it didn't last long because it got a puncture from hitting rocks all the time as I do a lot of diving around points and headlands. But in the open the're alright. And yes, you are right they are a lot easier to travel with.
The second thing you should think about is the size of the fish you are targeting as I've heard that big fish, especially big pelagics, can pull them under quickly and the float pops from the pressure. So I think it really comes down to personal preference and whatever feels confortable for you.

I own a sporasub inflateable and aim rite inflateable. Both are great as far as inflateables. The Aim Rite is over $100, yet thats for good reason. Its incredibly durabal and the inflation and deflation system is incredibly easy. Yet the life gaurd hard buoys are so much better. My friend owns one and I rather use his then mine. I hate having to always blow up my buoy. If i was traveling far distances, or was worried about drag, the Aim Rite buoy is king. Yet if I am in a junk area with lots of boats, I need the hard buoy to let people know I am there.

You might find that an in-between sort of float works well.
Boat fenders that are inflatable work really well and they are designed to be strong. An added plus is the cost, they are a lot less expensive than dive specific floats. They are also generally available at most boating shops.

Best wishes,

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