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Ian Smith
posted : July 29, 2006 Post subject: Kayak Diving
How many UK kayak divers out there? It would be great to share info.

I have been kayak diviing in the UK for 25 years. It is popular in abroad, but slow to catch on in the UK. Having been a keen diving and sea kayaker for many years, I combined the two by designing my own dream machine. By request I have started running workshops for Dorset based divers. Until recently I could not recomend a decent production kayak for divers, but I have just tested the latest Ocean Kayak Prowler 15. This kayak tracks well and is resonablly fast. Very stable and great for carring all the kit. I have tested all the main kayaks from Ocean Kayak & Cobra Kayaks. I am sponsered by Cobra with an 18' Expedition. This is the fastest production SOT. I do use it for long distance trips, but I think that a newby would struggle with the stabiliy. I will be lauching a website for UK kayak diving shortly. If you search on "kayak diving" there are some useful US sites. I have my own hard boat, but I can honestly say that I have had some of my best and most relaxing dives of a kayak.


 
Jez P
posted : September 12, 2006 Post subject: Kayak Diving
Hi Ian

Its good find a positive post regarding kayak diving on a UK forum, as the subject is often treated with a deal of scepticism.

I'm based on the North Yorkshire coast and dive with a group of friends from OK Malibu 2's. Although the Malibu's are a little slow we find the extra room in them ideal for the equipment needed to dive in the cooler waters found round the UK.

Most of our diving is done on the North East coast of England or in Scotland, where we have had some fantastic kayak diving trips. However, we are hoping to organise a trip to Dorset early next season, so any advice on sites and launches would be great.

We started to record some of our experiences last year and post them at www.yakdiving.org.uk. We are currently working on a new site, to include details of the modifications we have made to our yaks to install GPS, echosounders, VHF etc so any hints or tips would be welcome( the site above is still up until the new one launches).

 
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