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Nutty1966

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Hi I'm new to spearfishing i have only ever been snorkeling/ diving in warmer climates tried the other day in Wales with a 4mm wetsuit and a belt with 8kg on and I was like a Cork how much weight do I need I'm 6'2" 12 stone thanks for any advice
 

musubi

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Welcome!
The general advice given to me in the past has been to weight yourself so you're neutrally buoyant at 10 m below the surface. If you're diving shalllower than this then add a little more weight, and vice versa. You don't want to be buoyant at the bottom of course, but it's always better to be more buoyant than not.
Good luck!
 
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Mr. X

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You'll need to experiment. Your body and wetsuit are unique to you. Getting it just right makes a big difference.

I had to tweak my weight quite a lot myself recently as I dived in different wetsuits on alternate days: one old 5mm and one new 5.5mm. The latter was significantly more bouyant. I carry more lead than you.

One day I forgot to bring my weight-vest, as it was drying. Fortunately I carried extra belt weights and was surprised that one big one (3.5lb?) and a smaller 1kg Alton weight (2.2lb?) compensated quite well for the lack of vest.

I suggest that you buy at least one weight that can be quickly added or removed, to make fine adjustments. I carry an Omer lead that is moulded around a long line clip, which I attach to my float or a D-ring on my belt, depending on need. I found it quite useful but there may be better weights available for this.
 
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Nutty1966

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You'll need to experiment. Your body and wetsuit are unique to you. Getting it just right makes a big difference.

I had to tweak my weight quite a lot myself recently as I dived in different wetsuits on alternate days: one old 5mm and one new 5.5mm. The latter was significantly more bouyant. I carry more lead than you.

One day I forgot to bring my weight-vest, as it was drying. Fortunately I carried extra belt weights and was surprised that one big one (3.5lb?) and a smaller 1kg Alton weight (2.2lb?) compensated quite well for the lack of vest.

I suggest that you buy at least one weight that can be quickly added or removed, to make fine adjustments. I carry an Omer lead that is moulded around a long line clip, which I attach to my float or a D-ring on my belt, depending on need. I found it quite useful but there may be better weights available for this.
Thanks for the advice think I need a considerable amount more lead I presume I'm going to need around 20 kilo
 

burjegol

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my rule of the thumb when it comes to weight is, with all your gear, standing up in the water without kicking, you should be submerged till your eye level.
 
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Mr. X

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Thanks for the advice think I need a considerable amount more lead I presume I'm going to need around 20 kilo
20kg sounds too high. Add weight gradually, don't suddenly up it or you'll be nailed to the sea bed. I expect 10-12kg will be closer to the mark. Be careful ;)
 
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Pinniped72

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When I started, working out the correct weight for me was a bit hit and miss. If I were starting again I would go out without spear or gun and focus on getting the basics dialled in first. Just take your other stuff to the beach and dial in the weight. As 8kg was not enough, add a kilo at a time and see how you go. You can literally just walk off the beach and get the weight sorted first, then get used to using your other equipment. Practice clearing mask and snorkel, get used to your fins, practice dealing with your float and line. Dive safe and don't jump to 20 Kg, that will be way too much and even 2 Kg over can cause all sorts of problems. Also remember, never be afraid to ditch the weight belt if you need to. I think Mr X got your required weight about right
 
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