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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.

Pickering Point

Reef Dive Reef Dive | Shore access Shore access

Ideal For Snorkelling Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site

Pickering Point
Pickering Point

Depth: 5 m (16 ft) to 20 m (66 ft)

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Pickering Point is a diving and snorkelling site suitable for all levels of divers in the right conditions. It lies just east of Thunder Point in the Merri Marine Sanctuary south-west of Warrnambool, located between the Harbour Breakwater and Thunder Point Coastal Reserve, on Victoria's Shipwreck Coast.

Merri Marine Sanctuary is a protected no-take zone that includes Pickering Point. See the Merri Marine Sanctuary Map.

Pickering Point and Merri Marine Sanctuary
Pickering Point & Merri Marine Sanctuary | © The Scuba Doctor Australia

Diving and Snorkelling at Pickering Point

Pickering Point Shore Entry
Pickering Point Shore Entry
© Sally Watson

At Pickering Point the bottom slopes gently from 5 metres in close to 20 metres on the reefs about 200 metres offshore. There are plenty of interesting ledges, smim throughs and gutters creating great habitat for a vast array of marine life.

It's particularly diverse and colourful and is accessible during low tides with plenty of reef fish and invertebrates. Little Penguins roost and breed on the islands within the Merri Marine Sanctuary and hunt in and beyond the sanctuary for food to feed themselves and their chicks.

Follow the reef around to the right (north) where you'll find a cavern, several channels, and overhangs with lots of fish, crayfish and rays.

Pickering Point faces south-west into the Southern Ocean and is suitable for all levels of divers and snorkellers in the right conditions. It needs to be very calm with low swell. Conditions need to be constantly monitored as they can change quickly into dangerously rough seas with big sells and strong currents.

Merri Marine Sanctuary Parking
Merri Marine Sanctuary Parking
© Google Street View

Location: Viaduct Road, Warrnambool, Victoria 3280

Parking: Park along the western side of Viaduct Road, near the first set of steps closest to the concrete wall (i.e southern end of the parking). Before gearing up check out the water. If you see lots of white water, head on home.

Entry/Exit: Shore entry is from Singray Bay. Take the steps down onto the beach, walk towards Pickering Point and enter the water.

Ideal Conditions: This dive site is prone to surge and swell and is best dived at low tide on a low swell with light offshore northerly winds. See WillyWeather (Thunder Point) as a guide for the tide times and the height of the tide.

Boat Launching: Pickering Point ia also popular as a boat dive heading out from the nearby Warrnambool (Lady Bay) boat ramp.


History: Pickering Point is named after William Pickering, a government surveyor who in 1844 completed Tyers' survey of the country between the Moyne and the mouth of Merri Creek (Warrnambool & District Historical Society).

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Eastern Maar country
Eastern Maar country

Traditional Owners — This dive site is in the traditional Country of the Eastern Maar people of south-western Victoria between the Shaw and Eumerella Rivers and from Yambuk in the south to beyond Lake Linlithgow in the north. This truly ancient Country extends as far north as Ararat and encompasses the coastal townships of Port Fairy in the west, Warrnambool, Peterborough, Port Campbell, Apollo Bay, Lorne, and Airies Inlet in the east, including the Great Ocean Road area. It also stretches 100 metres out to sea from low tide and therefore includes the iconic Twelve Apostles. "Eastern Maar" is a name adopted by the people who identify as Maar, Eastern Gunditjmara, Tjap Wurrung, Peek Whurrong, Kirrae Whurrung, Kuurn Kopan Noot and/or Yarro waetch (Tooram Tribe) amongst others. We wish to acknowledge the Eastern Maar as Traditional Owners. We pay respect to their Ancestors and their Elders, past, present and emerging.


Pickering Point Location Map

Latitude: 38° 24.042′ S   (38.4007° S / 38° 24′ 2.52″ S)
Longitude: 142° 28.149′ E   (142.46915° E / 142° 28′ 8.94″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map | Get directions
Added: 2021-06-07 08:52:59 GMT, Last updated: 2022-05-24 09:39:23 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Middle Island, 346 m, bearing 145°, SE
Merri Marine Sanctuary.
Warrnambool, Shipwreck Coast.
Depth: 5 to 20 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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