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    Try moving a few kg up to the camband. You can get pockets which thread on to the camband which are perfect for this, and make swapping the cylinder over much easier.

    My own revelation was on a course a few years back. I put my 15l cylinder in for a fill, but someone in another group picked it up. Fortunately one of the instructors on the event had a spare cylinder which I borrowed, although it was only a 10 litre cylider.

    By some pure fluke, this put the weight right in the middle of my back, and I was able to float, godlike, in horizontal trim. I put my 15l on the next day (it turned up over night) and then I was fighting the kit for the rest of the dive. I then started moving the weight around inch by inch until I was trimmed neutrally.

    Fast forward a few years and I've a few more dives under my belt and now the weight distribution is less critical. I can trim most sets of kit out by moving feet arms and legs. So - I was spend a bit of time faffing with weights and improving your trim, but use the weights as a gross adjustment and fine tune with your body.

    For BC vs wing, I don't think it matters that much. You're only going to have a couple of litre of air (so 2kg) in it and you need to put that into the context of whatever you have on your weightbelt. Go for whatever you like the look of and is comfy. If you can try it out a few times beforehand then so much the better.

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    If you're ever around north Wales you're welcome to have a go on my rig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ootini View Post
    If you're ever around north Wales you're welcome to have a go on my rig.
    You are starting to sound like Jimmy Savile.


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    Jingle jangle !

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    i dropped the tank down a couple inches lower when i was struggling to get horizontal and it made loads of difference, also spread the lead about so that i had more in my trim pockets at the back and less at the sides of the BCD seemed to work well. Have you tried diving with a drysuit yet? That might lift your legs up a bit but its generally a weighting problem more than BCD vs Wing . I had floaty feet tho so you may need to move your tank up. Also check you arnt overweighted
    Last edited by holly; 05-01-2013 at 08:56 PM.

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    I'll remeber the offer. Thanks..

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    Quote Originally Posted by o2dependant View Post
    I'll remeber the offer. Thanks..
    First thing you'll notice is the fcuking weight of it all when you try and stand up. Still makes me cry like a bitch.

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    Trims trim, achievable in either BCD or wing - it's just easier in a wing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hot Totty View Post
    Trims trim, achievable in either BCD or wing - it's just easier in a wing
    I can honestly say that I have used virtually every buoyancy control device available between 1985 and late 2012 and can confirm that what you say is misleading!
    It's nice to be nice and it's nice to use punctuation to add comprehension to a communication.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nitnab Nhoj View Post
    I can honestly say that I have used virtually every buoyancy control device available between 1985 and late 2012 and can confirm that what you say is misleading!
    In what way?


 
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