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Diving Weights


Regardless of whether you're scuba diving, freediving or spearfishing, your configuration you will need a certain amount of diving weight. Lead dive weights are used to act against the buoyancy of other diving equipment, such as diving suits and diving cylinders. Luckily there are now many options to ensure that not only are you weighted correctly, but that the weight can be distributed effectively to improve your trim.

We sell Lead Block Ingot Weights for use in integrated weight pockets and pocket weight belts, and Slotted Lead Weights for standard weight belt configurations. We also have V-Weights to fit in the gap between the two cylinders of a twinset and provide non-ditch able ballast right in your centre of gravity for excellent trim.

Lead weights are an important piece of equipment for all divers as they help you get below the water and obtain the neutral buoyancy required for Scuba Diving, Freediving, and Spearfishing.

For help as to how to figure out how much lead you need, please see The Scuba Doctor's Perfect Scuba Diving Weighting guide.

Here is a typical Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for lead weights (PDF, 3 pages, 6Mb).

Technical Tip

Affixing Dive Weights

There are various ways in which weights can be affixed securely to your dive weight belt.

  1. Weight clips are excellent to use for securing dive weights and are easy to adjust when removing or adding weights. Clips should be placed on each side of the weights where slippage is undesirable. At least one weight clip should always be placed in front of the weight nearest to the excess end of the weight belt to prevent all weights from slipping off the belt.
  2. On classic slotted block dive weights you can put a half twist in the belt as it's threaded through the weight. This will prevent slippage as well as making it easy to change or move weights at a later date.
  3. Two slot plastic or metal, plain or serrated weight retainers are also an excellent method of keeping dive weights in place.


Dromana Pier

Pier Dive Pier Dive | Shore access Shore access

Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Night Dive Site Open Water Rated

Dromana Pier
Dromana Pier
© Mornington Peninsula
Regional Tourism

Depth: 1 m (3.28 ft) to 5 m (16 ft)

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Dromana Pier lies on the Mornington Peninsula at the northern end of Pier Street, Dromana between Rosebud (to the west) and Safety Beach (to the east). It faces north-west and extends about 200 metres into the waters of Port Phillip with two metres of water at its head.

Diving and Snorkelling at Dromana Pier

Dromana Jetty Old Pylons
Dromana Jetty Old Pylons
© Phil Watson

Great place to find the deadly Southern Blue-ringed Octopus — don't touch them. The fish life you can see includes Southern Fiddler Ray (aka Banjo Shark), Smooth Stingrays, Bluespotted Goatfish, nudibranchs, seahorses, leather jackets, bay trout and a whole lot more.

If you head directly straight out off the pier for about 200 metres you will come across the pylons of the old Dromana Jetty. At the end of these pylons, there are some rail wheels that are covered in seaweed but even now are still recognisable.

This is a nice short pier and can be great for training. Both snorkellers and divers love the easy nature of this dive. Beginner snorkellers can see plenty of marine life without leaving the surface. Scuba divers have the opportunity for long run times due to the relatively shallow depth.


Dromana: Fish scenarios | © Pang Quong

Dromana Pier Parking
Dromana Pier Parking
© Google Street View

Location: Corner Pier Street & Point Nepean Road, Dromana, Victoria 3936
MELWAY Ref: Page 159 H6

Parking: There is car parking at the northern end of Pier Street where it intersects with Point Nepean Road at the entrance to Dromana Pier, opposite the main Dromana shopping area. Car parking is also available near the pier and along Point Nepean Road.

Warning: Always take a diving knife, line cutter or shears. If planning to head out from under the pier, always tow a dive buoy with dive flag.

Entry/Exit: From the shore, or at the end of the pier. Make sure the depth is sufficient for a safe giant stride or side roll entry from the pier.

Ideal Conditions: Offshore light to moderate southerly to easterly winds offer the best visibility. Not diveable in strong westerly to northerly winds. Best dived during an incoming tide or peak of high tide. See WillyWeather (Dromana) as a guide for the tide times and the height of the tide.

Dromana Pier is just a 25-minute drive from The Scuba Doctor Dive Shop. Please drop in and catch up with us before and/or after your dive.

Spearfishing is illegal within 30 metres of any pier or jetty and in Marine National Parks. See Spearfishing Laws.

Boon Wurrung / Bunurong country
Boon Wurrung / Bunurong country

Traditional Owners — This dive site is in the traditional Country of the Boon Wurrung / Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation. This truly ancient Country includes parts of Port Phillip, from the Werribee River in the north-west, down to Wilson's Promontory in the south-east, including the Mornington Peninsula, French Island and Phillip Island, plus Western Port. We wish to acknowledge the Boon Wurrung as Traditional Owners. We pay respect to their Ancestors and their Elders, past, present and emerging. We acknowledge Bunjil the Creator Spirit of this beautiful land, who travels as an eagle, and Waarn, who protects the waterways and travels as a crow, and thank them for continuing to watch over this Country today and beyond.

 

Dromana Pier Location Map

Latitude: 38° 19.914′ S   (38.331906° S / 38° 19′ 54.86″ S)
Longitude: 144° 57.890′ E   (144.964837° E / 144° 57′ 53.41″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map | Get directions
Added: 2012-07-22 09:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2022-04-14 17:07:32 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Cicada, 1,177 m, bearing 51°, NE
Dromana, Mornington Peninsula, Port Phillip.
Depth: 1 to 5 m.



DISCLAIMER: No claim is made by The Scuba Doctor as to the accuracy of the dive site coordinates listed here. Should anyone decide to use these GPS marks to locate and dive on a site, they do so entirely at their own risk. Always verify against other sources.

The marks come from numerous sources including commercial operators, independent dive clubs, reference works, and active divers. Some are known to be accurate, while others may not be. Some GPS marks may even have come from maps using the AGD66 datum, and thus may need be converted to the WGS84 datum. To distinguish between the possible accuracy of the dive site marks, we've tried to give each mark a source of GPS, Google Earth, or unknown.

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