Weights & Belts
Weights and Belts
Both scuba divers and free-divers use weight to descend into deeper waters and stay submerged. Weight distribution also helps to trim the diver properly. Weight belts are the most common weighting system currently used for recreational diving. Scuba diving belts are normally made of tough nylon webbing and have a quick release buckle that helps to drop the weight rapidly in case of emergency.
The weights, used with a weight belt are usually simple rectangular lead blocks with slots for straps in them. The lead is used because of its high density and resistance to corrosion. Some weights are coated in plastic, for even better corrosion resistance. These weights are also considered to be less abrasive to wetsuits.