The pursuit of spearfishing usually entails tracking down a fish and shooting it below the water with a speargun or pole spear. These activities are usually done through freediving.
It is a daring sport so it has its risks but it is not as critical as other extreme sports. In order to enjoy your spearfishing game more, you have to abide by the rules and remember them. Safety should always be your top priority.
Here are some things you must keep in mind before and during the sport:
- Do not practice the sport if there are non-spearos swimming nearby in the water.
- Do not attempt to try the sport out if you have any medical ailments, particularly ear infections or heart and lung illnesses.
- Do not be tempted to dive further because it can be dangerous. Diving deeper down can cause issues like shallow water blackout while resurfacing. If you plan on diving deeper, always go with a diving buddy.
- Do not be too preoccupied with a target you have fired at.
- Remember not to load or make use of a speargun if you are not in the water.
- Make sure to wear proper clothing and gear for this activity like a well-fitting wetsuit, fins, gloves and speargun/polespear. Do not forget to carry a small, sharp diving knife.
- Make use of the speargun’s safety catch prior to taking that shot.
- Always be kept aware of where you direct your speargun and also keep in mind that it can misfire at any time regardless of a safety catch.
- If you are diving with buddy, remember that the person in the front should have the sole loaded speargun.
- Should you and your diving buddy separate, be kept aware of where your buddy is headed at. Do not wander off pre-arranged peripheries. You and your diving buddy can meet each other again after a pre-arranged time.
- Check the water source before making your spearfishing/diving plans.
- Find out if it is clean and if it is near sewage outlets or factories among others. Swimming in polluted water will not only present few fishes but it can also make you sick.
- Do not target hazardous animal species like stingrays, seals, conger eels and the like. Doing so will do you more harm than good.
- Be highly alert of anglers. They can be pretty aggressive in the water. Keep away from them.
- Do not attempt to fish in shark-riddled waters. However, if you want to do it, do not tote along dead fish with you. Sharks are attracted to blood and there is a high possibility that you will be attacked.
- Be aware of other sorts of predators in the water.
- Seals can easily attack you if need be. Other species will also strike back once threatened such as killer whales, moray eels, jellyfish and stingrays, all of which are known to attack humans.
- While doing your spearfishing games, be aware of weaver fish with its venomous spines. Watch over your steps carefully because you might step on one accidentally.
- Ensure that your speargun and pole spear are in great working condition. The speargun’s trigger mechanism must be checked. Take time to clean it with fresh, clean water after each hunt.
- It can be easy to get caught inside old, ratty nests and boat hulls if you are exploring wrecks. To boost levels of safety, make sure to explore wrecks with a diving buddy. Keep watch over conger eels.
- Safeguard the tip of your pole spears from stabbing into blowup boats or life jackets. Make sure that the tip is not in the way of mobile phones, oars, radios and flares.
- Do not bite off more than you can chew.
- Avoid testing your limits when the waters are too rough, stop yourself from lingering under the water for long periods of time and avoid diving too deeply.
- If you have plans to dive deeper, make sure that you are going with a diving buddy.
- Remember to tell friends or family of your spearfishing plans.
- Always use common sense when it comes to pursuits of this kind. Cautiously consider your plans and intentions, your planned locations and your backup solutions in case of difficulties.