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How do i determine how much weight i need

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It's been a number of years and a few extra pounds since I last dove.  I don't remember how much weight I last used.  Is there a way to figure this out before i go diving next? (I plan to wear a 3mm wetsuit)

Thanks

Adam
asked Jun 24, 2015 in Equipment by AdamW Tadpole Contributer (130 points)

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Try working with the following table as suggested from PADI.
 

Exposure Suit Type Start With
Swimsuit/dive skin 1 - 4 lbs
3 mm/1/16 in. one piece wet suit, shorties, jump suit 5% of your body weight
5 mm/3/16 in. two piece wet suit 10% of your body weight
7 mm/1/4 in. wet suit w/hood & gloves 10% of your body weight, + 3 - 5 lbs
Neoprene dry suit 10% of your body weight, + 7 - 10 lbs
Shell dry suit, light undergarment 10% of your body weight, + 3 - 5 lbs
Shell dry suit, heavy undergarment 10% of your body weight, + 7-14 lbs
   
Salt/Fresh Water change  
Body Weight Add(going to salt) or subtract (going to fresh)
   
100 - 125 lbs 4 lbs
126 - 155 lbs 5 lbs
156 - 186 lbs 6 lbs
187 - 217 lbs 7 lbs
answered Jun 24, 2015 by admin Guppy Contributer (1,260 points)
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