Fillable Weight Belts For Snorkeling

by Cindi
(Lilburn, GA)

Do "fillable" weight belts for snorkeling exist? I find a weight belt to be a big help in giving me more stability underwater to get that "perfect" photo.

We recently returned from snorkeling in Cozumel and were frustrated that the dive center wanted $10/day per person to rent us a weight belt - and we were staying for 10 days!

Obviously no one wants to drag around a bunch of extra weight when you travel so if there was something that could be filled with sand on site that would be pretty convenient.

Perhaps I have discovered an unmet need - but I thought I would pose the question.

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Jan 05, 2015
Snorkeling with Weights of Sand or Rocks
by: Galen & Nicole

Hi Cindi, we have had the very same question. Traveling for a snorkel trip with weights in your luggage seems silly.

We found out that people fill up ziplocs with sand, or sometimes rocks. But it takes a lot of sand or rocks to equal the weight of lead. And it is also a bit of a pain.

But, there is this Zippered Nylon Bag Weight Belt that gives you a way to carry your bags of sand or rocks. Or maybe with this you don't need the ziplocs. And you likely could fill it up once per trip and reuse it every snorkel.

Maybe some other folks have some experience with this?

Mar 26, 2016
Fillable Weight Belts For Snorkeling
by: Tim

I have been looking for something like this for quite some time. Has anyone had any experience using sand as a weight since this was posted?

Sep 22, 2016
Update
by: Galen

I have given in to the weight belt. I overcame the idea that it was silly to lug the weight around while traveling. You can read more about why and how I use one on my snorkeling weight belt page.

But here I will say that having the correct amount of weight is important, and bags of rocks or sand is not going to give you enough control over the amount of weight you have on your belt.

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