Unused to the heavy tank, a diver gets inverted during descent.

REPORTED STORY

This diver is an experienced diver who knows he has a higher than normal air consumption rate. He is aware this may be inconvenient for other divers in the group who have the air supply to dive longer, but must cut their dive short when diving with him. His instructor advised the diver that if he could dive with a steel tank he could carry more air for his dives, but it would reduce the amount of weight needed to stay negatively buoyant. The instructor explained the larger steel tank was negatively buoyant and therefore has a tendency to flip an unaware diver upside down. The diver was instructed on how to handle the steel tank underwater and was advised to remove 2kg (approximately 4lbs) from his 5kg (approximately 11lbs) weight belt.

Divers Alert Network, Steel Tank Causes Diver to Become Inverted While Descending.

Kathy Dowsett
http://www.kirkscubagear.com

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About Kathy Dowsett

I believe in protecting our oceans, lakes and rivers, as well as their aquatic life. I respect the work of conservation groups such as Save the Sharks, Save the Sea Turtles and Save our Wrecks. I believe that the use of plastic bags/bottled water should be discouraged as plastic finds its way to the ocean. I also support Diving for the Disabled and Swimming for the Disabled. As a PADI-certified diver, my interest in diving led to the opening in July 2008 of kirkscubagear, my online business. My site offers more than 2,000 products, including freediving, swimming and outdoor equipment. My continuing goal is to encourage diving and offer customers a shopping alternative for the purchase of scuba gear.

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