Section 1 - Introduction

My name is Jim Spears. I started kayak diving on Maui in 1994. It is an excellent and inexpensive way to reach dive sites that are too distant to safely qualify as shore dives.

Kayak diving also affords you the ability to find new dive sites. By drift diving at random depths and locations I have discovered patch reefs and marine life that very few divers have likely come across, such as the Harlequin Shrimp in the photo below. 

Having a kayak with you gives you a dive platform as well as a safety net. It also offers the luxury of not saving half of your air supply for a return trip to shore. There is the added benefit here on Maui of whale watching while paddling during whale season as seen in the photo below.

As you browse through this site it may seem that this sport is difficult and complicated. It is not. Scuba diving is a gear intensive sport anyway. The addition of a kayak and a few more pieces of gear is far outweighed by the benefits.

I hope you find my techniques useful. Please keep in mind that they are based on diving in water temperatures of between 74 and 80 degrees, with good to excellent visibility, and using the type of kayak shown. I suggest you develop your kayak diving skills and techniques in shallow water and at familiar dive sites.

As with any method of scuba diving, plan and discuss your dive with your dive buddy(s) ahead of time, and include the various additional aspects of diving from a kayak. My basic rule of kayak diving is; "know where your kayak is at all times." It is a lightweight craft and is easy to tow along. Remember, it is your life raft in the open ocean.

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