This is all very unorthodox (even today) but you can imagine how both the diving and the kayak community viewed it all those years ago. This led to me basically diving and paddling solo in less populated areas to avoid attention. Despite this, I can honestly say that I have had my best dives in this way and managed to paddle virtually the whole Dorset, Devon and Cornish coast over the last 20 years or so. I even managed to paddle over to the Scilly Isles with this craft 14 years ago although not solo this time. I have also circumnavigated the IOW 3 times solo.
I call the this kayak a Selkie as the legend of the half human, half seal fits its use well.
Having now got into traditional sea kayaking and had the opportunity to paddle and compare many of the well know sea kayaks, I am surprised at just how sea worthy and fast my Selkie is. With a lap strap, I can perform all the paddle stokes, braces and even roll.
Which do I prefer? It depends on what I want to do :))