Using a diving kayak to explore certain parts of fresh or salt water can be very adventurous. Then kayak angling essentially took over as the dominant sport. Well the adventuring spirit still dwells within us, so we say kayak diving is back! And in fact, more dedicated scuba divers are looking into kayaks for exploring areas beyond their diving points. Plus let’s not forget that kayak divers can get to places that most boats cannot reach.
Kayaks and Diving – Like Cake and Ice-cream
When you stop and think, kayaking and diving have a lot more in common than you might realize. Like cake and ice cream, Laurel and Hardy, peanuts and cracker jacks, kayaks and diving just belong together. Here’s why:
- Exploration – A dive kayak lets you explore above water in areas otherwise not accessible by other means. When you arrive at your destination you can dive and explore uncharted areas underwater.
- Love of the sea – What better way is there to enjoy every aspect of the sea than with scuba gear and a kayak? From the top of the ocean to near the bottom, you’ll experience it all.
- Fitness – Want a complete workout? Build your upper body strength with paddling then finish off with a cardio swim several feet below.
- Good ol’ fashioned fun – We’ve touched upon this already, but if you’re looking for a new and exciting way to have fun, kayak diving might be for you!
Kayak Diving Basics
Ready to get into the water? Hold on, kayak diver. Here are some important basics to keep in mind:
- If you’re going to be kayaking in the ocean, you’ll need to get past the shore breaks first, which will require some aggressive paddling. If this isn’t something you think you can handle, start with calmer waters first.
- Make sure you’re geared up: Scuba suit, two full oxygen tanks, scuba mask, dive flag, anchor, and (if applicable) spear gun or gear for fishing.
- Just like swimming, make sure you dive with a buddy. Don’t dive alone!
- First timer? Make sure you are scuba certified before diving! In addition to learning safety tips, you’ll learn a lot about the sport of diving.
Fish & Dive Kayaks
We recommend our fish and dive packages for the serious kayak diver. Our best kayaks for diving include: