Originally Posted by SIBer
Swimming off the back - nice wish we had the weather for that in the UK
Just get a short neoprene suit for swimming, water's not so cold in the South (I've been in Penzance for 2 weeks - 30 years ago).
Some people uses kayaks (we have one). Get to the buoy and tie until you are back, then untie, get to the beach and chain it in a safe place. This summer we had plenty of kayak thefts (so what we did is paint terrific horribly ours with spray; even though, I find mooring is more secure than ports for thefts...).
Anyways I prefer snorkeling to the buoy, there's so much sealife in our cove.
A friend of mine mounts and dismounts each day. He has a 10hp engine and a 3.4m sib. But I'm afraid next summer we'll dive to find a free mooring block for him.