Would putting a few pounds on me when i free dive help me out, and even be worth it the price? im currently un-employed. I have enough money for a weight belt and weights. But if its not worth it, i really dont want to spend the money
MARC M Well u need weight to dive with a wet or dry suit. I have had no problem with weights or belt. If u have no weights or belt than it is well worth it to buy.
EDWARD C Hi Anthony. I'm a freedive spearfisher, I recently bought these weights, so leisure pro fwd. me your question. From my experience, weights are essential for any freediver, esp. if you are fishing ( I assume you are? ) . As you know, you want to keep your movements to a minimum,and weights definitely help you to do so. They help you stay at the bottom longer, requiring less exertion( esp. when fighting currents..) thus, burning less oxygen. Anything to help... If you are wearing neoprene, I couldn't imagine diving without weights. I wear tons of weight, even with lycra. In fact, I recently bought a vest. This is a luxury, I can't wait to try it! That being said, we go ten meters +. You can get away without weights if you are diving inshore around 3 meters or so, but anything more than that, you should definitely get the weights. Hope this helps. Regards, Ed
BRYCE F That's a hard question to answer without being the one who will be using them.
Personally, I don't use weights to free dive unless I'm wearing a wetsuit in which case I'll throw on 2-4lbs, depending on suit thickness, to get back to neutral. After my wetsuit compresses at depth it's nice and I tend to sink a bit more at depth and float a bit more at the surface.
If you're not wearing a wetsuit, its simply a matter of your body type and how much you float at the surface. If you completely sink at the surface (without kicking or moving at all) I wouldn't recommend weights but if you tend to float a bit, a coupple pounds, depending on your body size, probably wouldn't hurt. Really, it's a matter of personal preference and body size.
If you really want to be sure before you buy, it wouldn't be a bad idea to take a trip to the pool and, using objects of known weight, see how much it takes to make you sink completely below the surface. You'll want to buy this much weight but may decide not use 100% of it once you actually hit the lake/ocean and try it out. As an example, if you decide you need 4 lbs, don't buy a 4 lb weight, buy a 2lb and 2x1lb so that you can vary your weight from 0-1-2-3-4 lbs as needed.
Hope this helps.
WILLIAM J Yes. I just started free diving and I wear 7 lbs with 3mm suit in freshwater. I am slightly positive at the surface and am neutral at 20 ft after suit compression. I would recommend the standard weights where the belt threads in and out since they do not slide as easily on the belt.