I am relatively new to diving; I just ordered this BCD and was surprised that it came without the actual weights included. I have a couple of questions:
1. Are weights not included?
2. If the answer to #1 is 'no', could you please point me to weights I should buy?
no weights are not inclided. i dont know of any bcd's that come with weights. u can use any type of weight system, however i prefer soft weights
Weights are not included but the weight pockets are. As far as what weights to use, you can really use any weights you want. I use weights that I made myself. Soft weights are good but very expensive. I would just use block weights. Good luck
BCD don't come with the weights. Your best bet is to price out a local dive shop for prices on weights and compare to what you might find on-line. Since your weight needs vary depending on the wetsuit you're using and whether you're diving fresh water or salt water you will want to purchase extra weights then what you used during your certification. Also, if you will be doing any vacation diving, you won't need weights because they will supply them for you. I rent my weights for any local diving I do, it's just easier for me.
No BCD's include the weights. If you travel, the local outfitters supply the weights. If you dive locally, purchase the weights from a local dive shop where you get your air fills.. They are not cost effective to order for direct shipping.
As far as I know, no weights are ever included with the purchase of your BCD, and here's why:
First of all, you have choices in weights; you can get soft, hard, and rubberized...and there might be even more options out there that I don't know about. For this BC, which I have both and old and a newer version of, I like the basic hard weights that you can also use with a weight belt. They're the cheapest, they fit in the pockets, and because they have the ability to be threaded on a basic weight belt, they're a bit more versatile than soft weights (which you need a specific pocket weight belt for).
As far as what weights you need...that depends. Factors to think about include:
1. What kind of wetsuit will you be using (thicker suit, or full suit vs. shorty means you will need a bit more weight)
2. What type of water will you be diving (more weight is needed for salt water dives than for freshwater)
3. Don't forget to factor in your body composition. If you are very muscular and fit, you can probably get away with a bit less weight, and if you are not quite an ironman, maybe you need a bit more. Hopefully your practice dives in a pool and on your checkouts have helped you figure out what your basic weight requirements will be.
I would recommend that you ask your dive instructor to help you out with selecting weights for the conditions you'll be diving...then you can get an assortment of weights that will give you a range above and below to cover a wider range of conditions.
This BC can handle a lot of weight in the pockets, but it does have a weight limit, so take that into account. Any additional weight you might need can be accommodated on a weight belt. Also, this BC has a good amount of lift, so if you are a little overweighted, it can probably handle it...but that's never a great idea, so if you can get some help from an instructor, that'd be your best bet! Hope that helps!
Weights are typically not included with purchases of BCDs due to the amount of weight each diver needs varies with each diver's body composition, equipment used, and salinity of the water.
If you need to travel in order to dive, the dive shop facilitating your dive will normally provide the necessary weights which allows divers to fly to their destination minus a few pounds in their luggage.
Otherwise, I would recommend 'Sea Pearls' soft mesh weights. They are color coded for easy identification and they quickly drain and dry.
Another consideration for dive weights is if you want to arrange your weights in subsets in order to allow you to drop only a portion of weight for and emergency ascent. This allows for a more controlled, but slower emergency ascent.
Thanks, Ryan, I appreciate your feedback.
1. No, weights are not included. The amount of weight necessary varies according to a bunch of different variables--diver body mass index, thickness of wetsuit, fresh or salt water, etc.--so it would be pretty impractical for the manufacturer to include an unspecified amount of lead. This is not a bad thing, as it would greatly increase both product and shipping costs.
2. The pockets on this BC are designed to use soft weights; ie, mesh bags full of lead shot. In a pinch, you can use hard weights like you see on old school weight-belts, but it can be a little uncomfortable. Ask your divemaster or instructor to help you figure out how much weight you need for the diving you're doing.
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weights are not included. i use the weights provided on dive boats. for shore dives, i have 2-2.5kg and 2-1kg scubapro ecoweights, p/n 23-051-251, and 23-051-101.
No weights not come with your BCD. The dive shop or dive boat will usually have weights on board for you to put in the CQRs.
Weight pouches are included, but they are empty. You can fill them with whatever form of weight you prefer; they can hold solid lead weights, soft lead shot bags, etc... I filled mine with home made weights made from lead shot.
I use the soft lead weights since they fit the pockets better.
They cost a little more but are better in the long run.
This is a great bc it's very versatile I use it on
Some of my tech dives as well as normal diving enjoy
1) No, I don't imagine they ever do especially since everyone requires a different amount of weight.
2) I made the mistake of buying lead shot filled bags (expensive) and ended up using old school weight belt blocks I found at flea markets. BUT, whenever I go to Cayman Brac (which is about the only place I dive) I rent tanks from Reef Divers and the weights are free to use (plus you don't wanna carry weights in your luggage). I would look on Craig's list, Scubaboard, Ebay or a dive shop and buy some used weights. Shipping makes it a little pricey so try to buy local. Make sure to get different "denominations" of weight and not just two big blocks so you can add / remove as needed.
3) I have had this BC for about 35 dives and I LOVE it.
Weights are not included as your weight needs will depend on an number of factors such as: your body size and condition, your comfort level in the water, the type of diving you do (warm/cold water, fresh/salt water, drift/wreck/etc), the type of tank used (aluminum or steel), and the exposure protection you are using for the dive.
The BCD's weight system has pockets in the back for weights that can't be ditched; meanwhile the front weight pouches are ditchable. When allocating weights to the different locations make sure a high enough percentage of the weight is ditchable so that you are positively buoyant when those weights are removed. I have used both soft and hard weights with the Avid, standard sizes of either will work. In my opinion soft weighs are the way to go as they are easier to work with and I find it easier to get them in and out of the weight pockets. I own soft weighs that I use for local diving (lakes & quarries), but have done fine with the hard weights that are common on dive boats in the
Weights are never included, look on Craigs list
I have been diving for over 20 years and weights are never included. One reason is because you may prefer the shot type weights to the solid type weights. My prefrence for weights are the shot pouch weights. Also weights are not included because everyone requires a different amount based upon individual buoyancy requirements.
No, weights are usually sold seperate from BC because each person requires a different amount of weight. You will want the soft pouch lead shot weights sold at many locations. They are pricey but work nicely with the integrated emergency release pouches built into your BC.
Weights are usually not included with a BCD unless purchased as a package. If you are going to be diving close to your home you might want to purchase your own weights, but most dive packages include gas and weights. Local dive shops can sell you the weight you need but don't travel with them. It's hard enough to stay within the weight restrictions for baggage without adding lead.
Thanks for your feedback, Rodney.