How do you feel about diving in kelp?

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asked Aug 8, 2017 in Scuba Diving by Cvet (3,369 points)
Doing the kelp craw?

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answered Aug 14, 2017 by cquade7 (3,269 points)
I think it would be awesome to dive in the Kelp, you would see a bunch of wildlife, but the other side of me would be a little scared.
commented Aug 14, 2017 by Cvet (3,369 points)
Your right diving kelp is different. It's smart to find someone who knows how to five kelp. Ive dove kelp so thick it was like making a night dive. It's very easy to get wrap up in kelp and the dive can go down hill fast. Dive safe and have fun.
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answered Aug 14, 2017 by hurfish (3,024 points)
Being a CA diver its how I started and I think it is some of the best diving on the planet. Pictures don't do it justice, it is a must experience way of diving.  I have never done the kelp crawl because you learn how to dive in kelp. If you surface and the boat is a ways out and there is thick kelp -drop down 10ft and swim via compass setting right thru the kelp and to the boat. Even low on air at 10ft it is a better approach. I guess it comes with comfort and experience. I have seen many divers get in trouble and kelp+ panic= trouble. Keep calm be aware dive streamlined avoid really tight openings and always carry a knife.
commented Sep 28, 2017 by Cvet (3,369 points)
We dove in Monterey Bay for a couple of years and then decide it was time to get a drysuit.  It's cold water but we'll worth the experience. Training to dive the kelp is important it is different. The seals are fun to watch.
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answered Sep 28, 2017 by gsanders (400 points)
My wife and I dove Catalina and La Jolla earlier this year.  We also dive Washington state.  Love kelp diving especially in sunny weather.  Catalina kelp forest was amazing.  The life that exists in and around the kelp can be incredible.  Some of Catalina's kelp reached 70 or so feet. Did a night dive there as well.  Unbelievable.   Just be aware of surroundings and possible tanglement  issues.  Dive with a knife or diving shears.
commented Sep 28, 2017 by Cvet (3,369 points)
We went to Catalina around Christmas and there wasn't a lot of people around. Had great dives off a boat and the shore. Fun diving,, that I do miss about California.
commented Sep 28, 2017 by gsanders (400 points)
That's cool. We went in May and it wasn't too bad either.  It was just the dive master and I on the night dive, in the entire park area.  Love it down there
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