Weight Belt Removal and Replacement on the Bottom
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This video is going to be a demonstration of
weight belt removal and replacement on the
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Reasons you need to be able to do this: during a
high entry, when you hit the water
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your weight belt may get bumped a little loose and
you might need to tighten it back up.
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As you descend in the water column the neoprene
that you are wearing compresses and you
physically get smaller as you go to depth
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so you may need to adjust your weight belt as well.
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When you get out of the water, into a small boat, it
is much easier to hand your weight belt to the
people in the boat to climb inside.
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So these are just a couple of examples.
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Weight belt: remove and replace. First thing we
need to do is to let all the air out of our Buoyancy
Compensator or BCD.
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You want to be as negative as possible on the
bottom when you are doing this skill.
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With your right hand you are going to reach
around the front, you are going to pop open the
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and as you take the weight belt off make sure and
keep it on top of you. Keep the weight on top of
you during this entire skill.
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Make the equipment do the work.
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When you go to put your weight belt back on
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you roll away from the belt
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keeping the weight on top of you; make the weight
belt do all the work. You slide the weight belt up
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and then, before you do the buckle,
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make sure that your gauge console or your
alternate air source or octopus isn't trapped
underneath the belt.
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The trick here is making the equipment do all the
work for you.
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we'll take a look at this from another view. This is a
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Same thing: all the air out of your BC.
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With your right hand, reach around the front,
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pop the buckle
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but immediately put the weight back on top of you.
It's really important that you do this with the proper
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These are light belts here, these might be 12 or 16
pound belts. When you are doing this skill in cold
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you might be wearing a 25 to 35 pound weight
belt. The technique is massively important then.
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Again, make sure not to trap your gauge
console or alternate air source or octopus.
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And there you go, that was a good example of
weight belt: remove and replace on the bottom.
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