California is famous for its kelp, but in order to go diving in it you have to learn a technique called The Kelp Crawl.
California is synonymous with kelp, but as fascinating as it is, you can’t really enjoy it unless you do something called the “Kelp Crawl.” In fact, you can easily drown in kelp unless you learn this basic technique. You’ll see why later in article.
If it weren’t for the kelp, there wouldn’t be such a lush variety of sea life occupying the coast of California, north to south. Make sure you have the right mask, too. I’d go with a classic single lens rubber mask, and matching set of classic rubber fins. California kelp is classic, so keep the theme.
Now for the crux of any article on diving in kelp: The Kelp Crawl. Since there will be times you will need to swim on the surface, the next tip is to learn how to do the Kelp Crawl. This is a simple technique that enables the diver to efficiently traverse a very thick bed of kelp.
You can’t swim through kelp, but you can pull yourself through it. That’s why you need the right gloves, ones that give you grip and dexterity like the mesh reef gloves or Kevlar gloves. Here’s how. Use both your arms in unison to reach out in front, grab a big hunk of kelp and push it down and back. Pushing the kelp down gives you a bit more buoyancy and allows you to float higher, and pushing it back gives you forward motion. Never use your fins to kick through a kelp bed, rather keep your legs straight behind you and use only your arms to paddle and grab your way through. If you get tangled up, don’t panic, stay calm and just remember – do the Kelp Crawl!