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12-05-2010, 12:19 AM
well i'm going for a week to costa rica and the resort where i'm staying has kayaks so probably cheap ones. i would have plans to suit up,bring a pole spear, mask/snorkel and fins and paddle out to deeper waters. maybe like max 50ft
my question is i'll be free diving, so how do i not lose my kayak? so i tie it to my self? leave it to float their and just go back to it ounce in a while? how do people usually do this? i'm going out alone.
12-05-2010, 07:15 AM
Either attach it to yourself, or anchor. If the current/wind is strong or the waves are anywhere above 2', anchoring is probably your best option. Really sucks to have a ton of resistance while diving down, and often the waves on the surface will give you constant jerks backwards.
12-05-2010, 11:42 AM
The kayaks you find at a resort are usually as you mention, the cheaper ones. Aside from the necessary 2 carry handles (which can be used to connect an anchorline), there will likely be no hatches and no bungee tree or other easy way to secure gear. It would appear that you have little or no experience diving off a kayak. That, combined with the fact that you are diving in an area you do not know and are diving alone, IMO is a potential problem(s) waiting to happen.
If conditions are great (no wind, no swell) you are afforded more latitude with respect to your inexperience. If conditions are not so good, or change during the course of your dive, things could go wrong very quickly.
My 2 cents: Dive from shore with your travel 3 prong and keep it simple. IMHO
12-05-2010, 07:37 PM
ok sounds good, at worst i could go swim out further, true not having to take care of the kayak makes things easier.
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