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DDGator
07-11-2007, 22:14
Anyone else here also into kayaking?
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<DIV>I would think a lot of SCUBA types probably enjoy being on the water in lots of different ways.</DIV>
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<DIV>I have gotten into recreational kayaking lately and love to get out on the weekends with my two daughters. I am teaching them an appreciation of nature, water, and the like.</DIV>
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<DIV>Anybody else?</DIV>

the gooch
07-12-2007, 01:52
Not yet, I would love to get one for diving though. There is a group here (Kayuba) that does regular kayak dives off Ft. Lauderdale Beach--looks like fun.

Queen
07-12-2007, 06:43
Yup, I love kayaking! We live in the middle of nowhere Illinois but we still have a few places to put in and paddle about.

DDGator
07-12-2007, 08:45
My kayak is not well suited for diving out of -- its a Native Watercraft Ultimate. Its very good for carrying lots of stuff (to paddle out and do a shore dive), but not good for water entries and exits -- its more like a canoe.
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<DIV>One of this months magazines--I think its Diver Training or something like that, has a whole article on Kayak diving.</DIV>
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<DIV>My Ultimate Kayak, however, is the most comfortable and useful kayak I have had for recreational type kayaking. The seats come out and serve as beach chairs. Its very cool.</DIV>
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<DIV>www.nativewatercraft.com (http://www.nativewatercraft.com)</DIV>
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georoc01
07-12-2007, 09:20
For the guys who scuba from a kayak, maybe you could answer a stupid question for me. assuming you are doing a water entry, what do you do wit the kayak while you are underwater? Do you run a line like a bouy?

the gooch
07-12-2007, 09:35
For the guys who scuba from a kayak, maybe you could answer a stupid question for me. assuming you are doing a water entry, what do you do wit the kayak while you are underwater? Do you run a line like a bouy?From what I have seen, people will fly a dive flag on the boat and run a line on a reel just like a regular dive buoy.

techgnostic
07-16-2007, 00:01
It doesn't take much of an anchor to station an empty kayak or two. And they are nicely visable.
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<DIV>The only downside is from a rescue standpoint: make sure you have a method for shore contact in case someone gets in trouble...you can't "motor" back to the dock nearly as fast.</DIV>

Kunk35
07-23-2007, 07:22
I wanted to bring this thread back up because I have some questions.
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<DIV>Are there any dive kayakers close to north Texas? My dive buddy and I have decided that this is the next phase of our diving obsession. I want to go diving with some kayakers to see how everything is done, talk about equipment, suggestions on what they would do differently if they were just getting into kayaks etc...</DIV>
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<DIV>I've checked out some kayak diver websites that were very informative, but there is nothing like first hand experience. Besides, I moved from Missouri about a year ago and since it's the "Show Me State", well, I gotta see it for myself.</DIV>

TAH 73
07-23-2007, 07:43
Ionly do whitewater, the kayaksI use I don't think would make a very good dive unit, I think the additional weight of the dive gear would sink it...http://www.scubatoys.com/forum/smileys/smiley17.gif
<DIV>I have been looking at the "sit on top" units for flat water paddling, and I think they would work well for going to close dive sites.</DIV>
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Judestudio
07-24-2007, 05:35
Here is a good site on kayak diving:

http://www.kayakdiver.com/kayakdiving/topics.htm

Talks about equipments, how to anchor, how to put on wetsuit on the kayak...etc.

picxie
07-24-2007, 05:46
I don't really kayak, and have never dived from a kayak, but on a liveaboard a few months ago I had a great time kayaking around during a surface interval. Lovely to get out there in the piece and quiet and just hear the sea and the birds. And the vis was great so you could see the fish underneath. Makes you feel very small though - went round a cliff corner and you couldn't see the boat, just the ocean and islands around you. On a lovely summers day. Nice http://www.scubatoys.com/forum/smileys/smiley1.gif

techgnostic
07-24-2007, 07:07
Here is a good site on kayak diving:

http://www.kayakdiver.com/kayakdiving/topics.htm

Talks about equipments, how to anchor, how to put on wetsuit on the kayak...etc.

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<DIV>What a great site. Thank you very much.</DIV>
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