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Offline RhettAllan

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Drop your weight belt!
« on: October 19, 2016, 07:44:34 PM »
Last weekend me and my dad checked out a new dive site. we worked a deep area for a little and I connected with a nice 20.5 inch verm, then we worked the shallows where the kelp was very thick. while taking a dive I found a nice cave to check out and swam down towards it, but I felt some intense resistance on my weight belt and instantly struggled to free myself and was about to reach for my knife, however, I had lost it when stabbing that verm from earlier :o. Fortunately, I shot straight back to the surface when I released my weight belt. Its so easy to forget this unfamiliar maneuver and its so important to make dropping your weight a main priority. If you're stuck pretty good, using effort to untangle the kelp will just use unnecessary energy and can lead to blacking out. This should also apply to any situation where you think you might not make it back to the surface. One good technique if you aren't sure you'll make it to the surface is taking your belt off and holding it in your hand out in front of you, so if you DO blackout, your hand will instantly let go of it. Even though searching and retrieving a weight belt at the bottom of the ocean is a pain in the ass, some lead and rubber isn't worth your life! Even if there is a 20.5 inch verm on your stringer ;). Luckily, we were so shallow and the viz was so good that my dad just went down and got it. Apparently there was a large ling checkin out the fish on ma stringer lol!! I caught it all on my gopro check it out:

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Offline DG

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Re: Drop your weight belt!
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2016, 07:51:06 PM »
Always a good reminder. 

Offline ryang85

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Re: Drop your weight belt!
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2016, 08:13:12 PM »
had a similar experience not too long ago,  two stalk of kelp were intertwined and I  didn't notice until I sort of wedged myself in between them with the surge. It look me a while to cut myself free,  I only use weight belts that can be easily detached for that reason.  congrats on that verm!

Offline Yowlie

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Re: Drop your weight belt!
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2016, 09:05:58 PM »
Good job and thanks for passing that on

Offline naturalSelection

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Re: Drop your weight belt!
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2016, 09:35:57 PM »
wise choice. nice red

Offline maodiver

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Re: Drop your weight belt!
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2016, 06:58:44 AM »
Also remember, it's easier to bit thru kelp than find your knife
Dad, what's for dinner?

Wookie steaks

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Offline ryang85

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Re: Drop your weight belt!
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2016, 07:33:10 AM »
Also remember, it's easier to bit thru kelp than find your knife
does this method work for killing fish as well?

Offline Stoney

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Re: Drop your weight belt!
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2016, 07:41:41 AM »
Very good choice and nice fish! Thanks for sharing

Offline the_derek

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Re: Drop your weight belt!
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2016, 10:15:09 AM »
better safe then dead. nice verm.
Death is very often referred to as a good career move.

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Re: Drop your weight belt!
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2016, 11:37:32 AM »
better safe then dead. nice verm.

X 100!

It's awesome you dive with your Dad!!

Recognized that spot.  ;)

Sincerely,

Jim

Offline Yowlie

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Re: Drop your weight belt!
« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2016, 11:44:13 AM »
Also remember, it's easier to bit thru kelp than find your knife

and the way to break kelp is to snap like a carrot

 

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