Spearfishing is an exciting & extreme hobby and sport. It enables you to experience the world like no other sport. However, it can be dangerous if you arenâ€™t careful. Diving with a buddy is the cornerstone of spearfishing safety. It minimizes your risks and increases the chance that youâ€™ll survive if anything unexpected happens while youâ€™re underwater. Donâ€™t just dive togetherâ€”stay together while youâ€™re submerged. Your dive buddy canâ€™t help you if youâ€™re not together.
For maximum safety and enjoyment of your time beneath the waves, follow these simple tips:
â€˘ Donâ€™t go spearfishing by yourself. Always have a dive buddy with you. Stay within sight of your dive buddy.
â€˘ Estimate the sea conditions, and make a dive plan with your buddy before you dive.
â€˘ Know your limits.
â€˘ You should always be correctly weighted with a quick release weight belt.
â€˘ Donâ€™t dive without proper flags, rigging and float lines.
â€˘ Donâ€™t dive if youâ€™re cold or tired.
â€˘ Donâ€™t dive if you have a cold or are congested.
â€˘ Ask a local about the location if youâ€™re diving somewhere new.
â€˘ Donâ€™t dive drunk or under the influence of any other substances.
â€˘ Donâ€™t go spearfishing after a scuba dive.
â€˘ Donâ€™t carry fish on your body in order to avoid the potential for shark attacks.
â€˘ Donâ€™t load your speargun outside the water.
â€˘ Donâ€™t point your speargun at anyone - EVER.
â€˘ Always check your gear for wear and tear before diving.
â€˘ If you see your dive buddy start to sink, unexpectedly stop or start blowing bubbles, help them to the surface right away.
â€˘ If your dive buddy has blacked out, revive them by blowing on their face and tapping their cheeks. Stay calm, so your buddy doesnâ€™t panic and hyperventilate.Â Perform CPR if necessary.
â€˘ It is always a good idea to have a first aid kit on the boat or in your gear back at the shore in case of emergencies.