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Posted by: vernt
Date: November 25, 2017 11:07PM
Been thinking of trying this detecting. What's the guidance on how much weight I should use?

Re: snorkling
Posted by: Tony
Date: November 26, 2017 02:17AM
Depends on your own personal weight plus any wetsuits if worn.

You say "snorkling" which means no weight if you plan to surface swim and detect.

Wading and detecting.....may need some weight if you don't want to bob too much as the water gets deeper.

Trial and error will get you there........but be careful of over weighting. The last thing you want is to step into deeper water / holes and have a pile too much lead on you !


Re: snorkling
Posted by: vernt
Date: November 26, 2017 03:51AM
Yes just wade and detect but, I'll need to be able to quick-disconnect when needed, but not so easy that it could disconnect unintentionally.

Re: snorkling
Posted by: dewcon4414
Date: November 26, 2017 05:26AM
When you say snorkeling...........are you swimming? I know guys who us a mask and snorkel, but they are just out over their heads still walking then fanning targets .... not swimming. I walk out to my chin and even wear a 7 MM suit in the winter, but dont use weights. But...... ive been at it few years with a lot of hours and have just learned ........ its all in the right curse word lol.


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Re: snorkling
Posted by: Hoser John
Date: November 26, 2017 11:55AM
Beach,creek,pond,lake or stream all different requirements and conditions. Any in particular you want to try?John

Re: snorkling
Posted by: vernt
Date: November 27, 2017 02:21AM

Re: snorkling
Posted by: GeorgeinSC
Date: November 27, 2017 10:00AM
I never used any weight snorkeling. Used quite a few pounds while scuba diving. You swim on the surface and weights would only make it more difficult to stay on the surface. Dive weights can be put on a belt and the belt can be disconnected and dropped easily.

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Re: snorkling
Posted by: Hoser John
Date: November 27, 2017 11:22AM
Weight depends on suit worn. Just slightly positive floating helps to overcome wave action/swells also. Just enough to help eliminate that wetsuit buoyancy, I use 3- 5lbs at a time to adjust so most accurate-John

Re: snorkling
Posted by: scubadetector
Date: January 05, 2018 08:34AM
Here is the problem with giving advice on here. Water kills. If you are going to just snorkel a lot of factors come into play as to how much weight to use or not use. Here is the key. You need enough weight to keep you neutral buoyant. YOU have to experiment. You don't want to be weighted down nor do you want to pop to the surface like a cork. If you have a wet suit on you need more than if you just have a swim suit on. YOU also need to know how to drop your weight belt if you get in any trouble. Forget what your stupid gear costs. Save your life then get your gear if you can.

This is the best advice anyone can give I feel.

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