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Kayak Diving: How does an ocean kayak differ from other kayaks?

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#16 Kayak Diver

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 05:51 AM

In Florida I kayak dive by myself all the time and carry a water prof radio that floats in the water. Plus in the summer time there are many boats in the water so if something should happen its not an issue to flag a boater or calling the Coast Guard for a serious problem.

Kayak diving in Florida is truly a blast! some times I see a sea turtle come up for air or a dolphin swim by. I also run into other solo people kayaking with spearguns.

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 06:39 PM

So how does one learn to kayak? Just get one and start paddling or are their classes you can take or programs perhaps online you can view?

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 11:04 AM

I found that if you are in area that has some kind of lake, slow river etc. the local recreation department or YMCA or even the sporting good shop that you buy it from offer a basic class. Always a good plan to learn some basic skills, which makes the sport much more enjoyable. Just like with dive equipment local shops have demo days which is a great way to test before you buy. I have a Wilderness 120 pungo which is 12' long and weighs 50 lbs great all around kayak, don't know if I will be able to dive off it, may need to do some modifications to it. If I were to buy now I may look at their "Angler" kayak because you can stand up in them very stable. Just my 2 psi, hope it help :cool2:
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Posted 08 February 2011 - 07:38 AM

Our local parks & rec does an amazing weekend course for both calm water & white water kayaks. The even do guided river runs & fishing expeditions in Spring & Summer. I'm a white water guy but have a larger inflatable boat that I use for diving on the river. It works great and has more space than your average boat. I wouldn't discount the inflatables! Yeah if you get one a Dicks Sporting Goods or Walmart its not gonna be too good but there are some really great inflatables out there. I know several guys who run them down Class IV & V rapids in WV. I've used a sit-on-top for diving before but its awkward and takes some getting used to. If you're going to the ocean I suggest outriggers to help stabilize the boat with gear in it. That's only because my center of gravity isn't too centered though.

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