I`ve owned a kayak now for over a year. We have cruised the mangrove isles here on the Space Coast of Florida, visited Key Largo`s Pennecamp State Park, journeyed up and down some of Central Florida`s Rivers, and now we`re thinking about integrating our love of kayaking with our passion for diving.
I read the cover story of "Dive Training" magazine, June 2007 publication-- and its a whole article on Kayak Diving. It suggests the sit on top kayak variety, which I do own one (its a Wilderness System Kayak--- LOVE IT). Now I just need to get gutsy, find a spot off the coast that I can paddle out to, and try diving off of it. This article was extremely interesting, and very thorough with its detail and description of methods and preperation for a kayak dive.
Gear needed: Kayak, Paddle, and a PFD (required by law, you can have it stowed away-- a BCD does not count as one). You also need a dive flag, and a tether reel (can be used as the anchor, or to tether above you if you`re drift diving).
I was just curious to see if anyone here at DiveBuddy has tried Kayak Diving, and could give a few pointers. I think I`ve pretty much figured out all the entry exit techniques, and I have figured out how to haul the gear... now I just need to do it! Also, do any of ya`ll have any dive spots that you think would be accessable via kayak? (not just in FL, anywhere! I love to travel, and I don`t mind bringing along my gear)
If anyone is interested in the article, let me know. I`ll scan and email if needed.
Happy Diving Ya`ll.