Amount of dives before you had success?

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asked Jan 26, 2018 in Scuba Diving by frontbeast (2,220 points)
Decreasing your amount of lead. I meet divers Who use very very little and I still use more than I like.

4 Answers

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answered Jan 26, 2018 by dnadavis (545 points)
Just when I got to where I thought I had the right amount of lead I did my divemaster program and now I always carry extra lead...seems kind of humorous to me in the end.

It took me getting my own gear and getting used to it to finally get my buoyancy and weight perfected.  If you always use rental gear it will fluctuate and be hard for you to find that perfect weighting.  It took me 3-4 years of diving and buying my gear to get to a steady, decent weight.
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answered Jan 30, 2018 by revgramza (1,095 points)
For me the key was studying my log book.  Water/wetsuit/tank/equipment/weights and the location of weights-I've kept meticulous notes for each dive.  I studied the log and conditions and made changes.

Today I dive with less weight than I ever imagined!
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answered Mar 5, 2018 by Davidb (1,816 points)
Dnadavis and rezgrama both had good answers. And it does take time. You will typically always use more in the beginning of the season too. For me the key is to be comfortable not getting exactly where I may want to go immediately. For example, If you want to sink in a hurry, just by exhaling, then that extra weight makes it easier. A steel tank will help, as they aren’t typically as positively buoyant, and buoyancy isn’t as drastic as aluminum between full and empty.
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answered Aug 4, 2018 by Scubachuck (1,093 points)
Getting to the surface is a successful dive. So every dive I’ve made has been successful.
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