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ability to be nearly "invisible" to the current is a worthwhile skill to have.
So what if you fly in and have to rent gear...You are at a loss to know how exactly your bouyancy issues will play out.
Fortunately, this is a really easy fix. Estimate as best you can for your first dive, make sure this first dive is a simple drift over inshore ledge or crown, and then on the surface interval, you will have explained already to the Boat Captain that you are going to want to jump in the water and "optimize" how much weight you are carrying, when your tank is down to around 700-500 psi at your typical stop depth. If you are looking for perfection like this, most boat captains will be happy to help you. Make certain that you empty all the air out of your BC on the surface, so that the weight you will be carrying is not about BC flotation, but instead, it is about compensating only for your wetsuit and any potentially positive additional gear, and buoyancy of your body in seawater. So you will empty all air out of the BC, and begin adding weight from the back of the boat, right up until the point that you can begin to sink. When you find neutral, you are all set. If you want total perfection, get "exactly neutral" at your safety stop depth. Also be aware that you want to be able to swim up off the max depth of your dives, even if the BC fails to

inflate. A very buoyant suit like a 7mm wetsuit, is unlikely to lose much more than 15 to 17 pounds of lift at 100 feet deep, when compared to the buoyancy of the thick suit on the surface. Ideally, with this thick a wetsuit, you are using a weight belt as part of your weighting system ( also part tank weights or backplate, or other non-ditchable weight) and you can drop your weight belt IF you are not able to swim up off of the bottom. Very large divers will have more suit/more buoyancy swing, but can handle this with the weightbelt portion of their weighting. Whatever does not need to be ditchable, will provide you with better trim/easier horizontal posture and swimming in the water column. If you can't use a 6 pound SS backplate (i.e., you use a normal BC), then consider the tank weight as shown on Errol's tank on the next page in this article...
Safety stops can actually be better handled by very mild swimming - as in a circle around your buddy or the person pulling the float…and this will allow more precise depth control throughout your stop. The forward movement of your body in horizontal swimming, will act like a wing to help maintain