A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO SAFE SPEARFISHING
Spearfishing is a sport that cannot be underestimated, going into the water with a weapon contains real dangers. For this reason, this sport is considered a risky adventure.
However, it is possible to do this sport in a very safe way. For this you must follow all the advice that we will give you in a responsible way, to guarantee your safety, that of other animals and people.
Spearfishing is a technique of stalking prey, to shoot them and take them to the surface. We use a weapon (rifle), to reach the fishes underwater.
Main risks of spearfishing that you should consider or avoid
1.- When we are stalking with a weapon, we must understand that we are a potential danger, both for ourselves and for other people. To avoid this danger you should make sure that you are far from places where people are swimming or can swim.
2.- The depths is something you should avoid when you are starting out in this sport. Keep in mind that the deeper you go, the higher the level of danger and you may also have trouble getting out quickly for air; You should start with the safest experience possible.
3.- Consider that your rifle is always loaded and keep the same precautions when you have your rifle anywhere. If you surface to speak to a partner, do not point at him or leave the gun pointed at you, do not place it under your arm or between your legs. Keep the weapon in a completely safe position.
4.- If you have hit a fish and he tries to escape, do not become obsessed with the idea of recovering it in anyway. The truth is that many people have died trying. In this case, it is best to let it go and wait for another chance.
5.- Identify well the fish and the place where you are going to shoot and do not shoot in a hurry. Remember to use the safety before shooting.
6.- Don't forget that underwater there are dangerous animals too, not only should you fear sharks, but for example, purple jellyfish could be dangerous. You should study the place where you are going to dive to make sure that it is not infected with any potentially dangerous predator.
Tips to start practicing this sport underwater
1.- Always notify someone close to you that you are going to practice this sport, tell them where you will be and the time you plan to return, this way if something happens, they will know quickly. This person will be able to call to start a search immediately.
2.- Always go with a friend. Going underwater fishing alone is not really a good idea, you need someone else to be with you and they can both react if something happens. Despite having some experience, he considers that "never go alone" is a rule.
3.- Take an apnea course. Learning about freediving and breathing is a fundamental skill to practice this extreme sport. Remember that this sport is mostly done without air tanks.
4.- You must be trained to save your partner, therefore training in CPR and first aid. Knowing the basics of how to treat a wound can save your friend and even your life. Manipulating the spearfishing weapon involves taking certain risks and we must be prepared to face them. Do not forget to put the first aid kit, before leaving.
5.- You must be in good physical and healthy condition to practice this sport. Make sure you exercise regularly and do not suffer from medical conditions that could affect your health from this sport. Heart, lung, and ear infections are compelling reasons not to dive underwater.
6.- You should know the laws that exist in your country on spearfishing and on fishing. Breaking a default law could cost you dearly.
7.- Must have special equipment for this sport. Also do not forget to look at some tutorials where you see how other people do this practice and their recommendations on the equipment you need.
To practice this sport successfully and so that you can enjoy the experience, it is important that you make this extreme sport a safe one for you.
By following all these tips and doing the corresponding training you are ready to start a fantastic and impressive sport. This sport will require you to have certain skills that help you have a better performance underwater, and also be trained in situations of risk.
Start by practicing in the safest places that you can visualize, but that is far from people swimming. Don't make hasty decisions underwater, and while you get enough experience, dive little deep.