Like many other water sports or activities, spearfishing requires a great deal of preparation. If you are a beginner who wants to learn spearfishing and get better at it, reading this article is a good way to get started.
Spearfishing is a fun hobby and great sport. Many Kiwis and enthusiasts from across the globe join fishing events to show off their skills and get a good catch. Whilst it is normal to get excited be eager to start, learning the basics and having some good grounding is still the best way to master the art of fishing using spear guns.
Here are some of the most important things you need to know and do before your first actual spearfishing trip. You need to be physically and mentally prepared before your first dive. Getting advice from an experienced diver or taking a diving or spearfishing course can give you basic skills and techniques you need to get a firm grounding in the sport.
People who are new to the sport may think that you need to be clean shaven in order to ensure your mask and breathing apparatus fits properly. While this is true it does not mean you have to shave in order to dive. If you have grown attached to your facial hair but still want to dive one option open to you is to cover your beard and/or moustache with Vaseline before the dive in order to help create a seal around your mask. This helps keep the air in and the water out without the need to be clean shaven.
Gear Up Accordingly
Every experienced spearfisher would tell you that you need the right gear for the job. You first need to decide on the type of equipment you want to use and the depth at which you wish to fish. Spear fishing in shallow water can be accomplished by using snorkelling gear and weights. Since you aren’t diving so deep, there is little need for a full wetsuit and oxygen bottle.
For those looking to fish in deeper waters, having the appropriate fins, wetsuit, mask and oxygen bottle is critical for breathing and moving at depth. Experienced divers will usually have their own gear on hand, but for new divers, hiring your diving equipment from a local dive shop will suffice. Getting a spearfishing starter pack from your local dive shop would also work if you wish to continue pursuing the sport.
Mind Your Safety
Spearfishing is not just about getting a fresh catch onto the table or taking home the grand prize. You don’t have to put your safety on the line in pursuit of greatness. Exercise caution and know your body’s limits. Always be aware of your surroundings and stay away from high-risk areas, particularly if you are fishing during summer. Shark sightings are more common when the coastal water gets warm. Authorities encourage spearfishers to stay alert and avoid close encounters with sharks.
When you know what to do and have what you need, spearfishing can become a hugely enjoyable hobby and provide multiple memorable experiences. Keep these things in mind to help ensure a safe diving experience and make your first dive one to remember.