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Wearing lead as part of your dive kit can help or hurt your ability to dive comfortably and safely. Too much lead will require that you put a lot of air in your BCD, adding unnecessary drag as you swim. Not enough lead will have you constantly working to stay down. The key is to wear just enough scuba diving weight that you can stay at ten feet without struggling as your tank pressure nears its lower limits, 300-500 p.s.i.