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Kayak Diving - who's doing it?

Discussion in 'Advanced Scuba Discussions' started by Ready4Launch, Nov 8, 2019.

  1. Ready4Launch

    Ready4Launch Barracuda

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    I did my first kayak dive last week. Awesome time! I am now browsing craigslist to find a better kayak, and I think I found one. The problem I foresee is linking up with other kayak divers, since there seem to be few of us. (The boat/RIB/kayak section in the community has old threads.) Very much looking forward to doing more, and keen to see others' setups - post em if you got em.

    I have a Cobra tandem that I used. Got my anchor, rode, and chain from a marine consignment store for a total of $85! 150' of 3/8" rode and a #7 danver. The chain was $8.50 for 13' and another $8.50 for the 3/8". A steal in my mind. I was able to store my pony bottle in the hull, along with an assortment of other stuff. My fat 8" HP117 wouldn't fit, so one got rigged to my BPW and strapped into the front. The other tank the same just by itself. Was already wearing my wetsuit with my hooded vest, but my wetsuit top just down at the waist. All the rest of my gear went into a large mesh bag that I clipped off to some bungee cord that I added to the kayak.

    Certainly, it was all helped by the fact that last week's weather, swell, surf, and conditions was stellar! Not sure that I'd venture out in more than 2' surf, but I'm looking forward to the challenge.
     
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  2. Brian Huff

    Brian Huff Nassau Grouper

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    I'm not a Kayak diver, never really thought about it, but your description of your boat and how you strapped your gear to it sounds interesting. Do you have any pics?
     
  3. Diver below 83

    Diver below 83 Regular of the Pub

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    Sounds like a nice set up. Any pics? I’ve been thinking of doing the same as I have a kayak from when I lived on a lake. Now it’s just sitting in my garage
     
  4. Brian Huff

    Brian Huff Nassau Grouper

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    Hah, just goes to show you, no matter the subject, we all want pics
     
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  5. aviator8

    aviator8 Professional Photographer

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    Curious about how you exit you kayak and get back in. I also assume you are doing this in confined waters not Open Water ocean right?
     
  6. Eyegore

    Eyegore Nassau Grouper

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    Kayak languishing in the garage, here. Add me to the list of those who wish to see pics.
     
  7. Ready4Launch

    Ready4Launch Barracuda

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    I didn't really take a photo of it all rigged up, but here we are back on the beach. If you could imagine another tank laid in next to the one seen and already strapped into my BPW, then that's how I went out. My buddy's yak is an Ocean Kayak Prowler.

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  8. Brian Huff

    Brian Huff Nassau Grouper

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    So you did a 2 tank dive from a Kayak? How was it swapping tanks?
     
  9. Ready4Launch

    Ready4Launch Barracuda

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    No, this is Malaga Cove beach in Palos Verde, CA. We're just south of Redondo Beach here, and we paddled about 2mi. offshore to dive the USS Palawan wreck.
     
  10. Ready4Launch

    Ready4Launch Barracuda

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    It was fine. Keep in mind, we had stellar conditions, and this was my first time. My buddy is quite experienced at it, and he said he wouldn't go out in a kayak with more than 2-3' swell. My buddy took a single tank HP120 to do both dives.

    Everything on the yak is actually quite easy. It seems daunting, but it's really not. Just need enough snaps, carabiners, rope, bungee or whatever. I stored the pony below. I was wearing the wetsuit. The rest of my gear was in a mesh laundry bag that I could cinch shut and while anchored just hang it in the water. BPW and just floated while clipped off during our surface interval.

    With fins on, it's even easier to get up and into the kayak. It helps that the Cobra has a big capacity and very stable.
     

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