SDI Kayak Diver

The SDI Kayak Scuba Diver Speciality course is designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for an individual to use a kayak effectively for travel to and from a dive site. Kayaks provide a stable, economical, and efficient means of transportation over short distances. Scuba divers can use a kayak to carry gear during surface travel, provide a platform for dive operations and for dive flag deployment, and to return to shore after the dive. The ability to employ a kayak for scuba, extends the divers range and versatility.

During the course, your SDI Instructor will take you on two dives, covering skills including:

  • Launching
  • Anchoring and tethering
  • Entries and exits
  • Safety equipment

By the end of the course your knowledge and comfort level will have increased, opening up potential dive sites you never knew existed. The Kayak Diver course has a maximum depth of 15m. The two dives will be completed from a ‘sit on’ kayak.

This course is no a qualifying kayak handling course. There are many companies near to us that do offer kayak handling courses, if you are interested in such a course, we can point you in the right direction.


  • Open Water Scuba Diver course.
  • Some kayaking experience is recommended but not necessary, an extra day will be added for those without any kayaking experience.

Equipment You will Need

  • Basic open water scuba equipment, including
    a. Mask, fins, and snorkel
    b. Buoyancy compensator device (BCD) with a low-pressure power inflater
    c. Regulator with submersible pressure gauge
    d. Alternate air source
    e. Weight system
    f. Personal dive computer (PDC)
    g. Exposure suit adequate for the training conditions
    h. Compressed gas cylinder
    i. Compass
    j. Knife or cutting device
    k. Rescue signalling device
    l. Students wearing air integrated hose-less computers are not required to carry a submersible pressure gauge
    2. Speciality equipment, including
    a. Open cockpit (sit-on-top) kayak
    b. Paddle
    c. Anchor with line
    d. Tethers for all equipment
    e. Safety/emergency items (personal flotation device, audible signal, hat, sunglasses, water)


  • £225 including 2 kayak dives
  • £295 for those with no kayak experience


  • Courses times available on request

Private Courses Available:

  • One on one tuition is available for those that might prefer it, ask for details.


Atlantic Scuba dive school, Cornwall, SDI UK.