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Weight Belt Removal and Replacement on the Bottom

2015
Oct 21

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[underwater exhalation]

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This video is going to be a demonstration of
weight belt removal and replacement on the
bottom.

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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
buckle

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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
side view.

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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
technique.

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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
water

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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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