Diving Weigths and Belts
Divers wear weighting
systems, weight belts or weights,
generally made of lead, to counteract the buoyancy of other diving equipment,
such as diving suits and aluminum diving cylinders.
The quantity of lead weight
required is determined by the overall positive buoyancy of the diver,
which depends on the diver's body composition, buoyancy of other diving
gear worn (especially the diving suit), water salinity, and water temperature.
It normally is in the range of 2 kg / 4 pounds to 15 kg / 33 pounds.
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