TopKayaker.Net: Guide To Kayak Diving


Sit-on-top kayaks have made it possible for scuba divers, snorklers, and free divers to paddle out to remote dive sites and dive from a small boat that is quiet, non-polluting. There is no long and often dangerous surface swim that consumes a lot of air from your tank. No dive boat to charter or maintain. And a small a boat and anchor impact the environment and wildlife minimally. Your kayak is a safety platform and, with the addition of a dive flag, marks your dive site well.

Simply put, there is no better way for an experienced diver to get to their site.

We have compiled several articles from several sources to help educate and stimulate kayakers and divers. Links in each article lead the reader to more information on the subject. Please visit these sites to get the whole story on each of these dive kayaker's unique advice and experiences.

P.A.D.I. - Professional Association of Diving Instructors

Some P.A.D.I. dive centers offer kayak diving lessons and excursions. While "Kayak Diving" is not offered as a specialty course many certified P.A.D.I instructors have taken it upon themselves to author and teach such lessons. To find kayak diving education and guiding please contact P.A.D.I. to find a Dive Center near you (or at your vacation destination) use this link: http://www.padi.com/scuba or call or write:

The office of PADI Americas is located at:
30151 Tomas Street
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688-2125
Ph.: (800) 729-7234
(US) (949) 858-7234
Fax: (949) 858 7264


TOM'S TOPKAYAKER SHOP - Dive flags & poles, anchors and more.


If you missed it, see our Index To Kayak Diving Articles here at TopKayaker.net. For basic kayak instruction a quick study is "Sit-on-top Kayaking, A Beginner's Guide" by Tom Holtey. Mark Theobald's book "Kayak Diving" (now on CD) is the best resource available for kayak diving in action. Visit his site at: KayakDiving.com. Some kayak shops and scuba shops carry his CD, contact them or Mark about getting your copy. Also visit our Dive section Bookshop at Tom's TopKayaker Shop.


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