Spearfishing is one sport that’s not for the faint of heart. Spearfishing is one of the most established sports worldwide with a history that goes way back to the time of early civilization when people of old caught fish by using sharpened wooden sticks or spears. Today, it is one sport that not only requires exceptional hand and eye coordination; it also requires a love of adventure and the feel of pure adrenaline rushing through the veins.
While some parts of the world consider spearfishing as a means of livelihood, it is not to assume that safety is not a concern, no more than sailing. Before you can embark on your first spearfishing expedition, you need to be aware of the water and weather conditions of the location you plan to do your spearfishing at as well as make sure you are fully-equipped and protected against the elements.
In addition to your spear gun, you will also need your diving mask and snorkel, which help you see and breathe better underwater. You will also need your wet suit and sting suit to make sure you keep warm under water and to protect yourself against jellyfish stings. You will also need the matching fins to help you cope with strong currents and tides, as well as for faster swimming. To round off the things you’ll need to wear while spearfishing is the weight belt, which serves to counteract the buoyancy of your wet suits, with the weight of the belt depending on how deep you want to descend.
An often overlooked piece of safety and functional spearfishing equipment are the spearfishing floats. Not only does it keep other boats from running over you while you’re in the water, but it also helps carry the fish you caught and your other spearfishing gear. Having spearfishing floats makes other divers and boats aware of your location, and anything that can contribute to identifying your location is good. When choosing the best spearfishing floats, you need to get ones that are highly visible, the most colorful the better. Usually, floats need to be bright orange, red or yellow since these are the colors that are most visible above water and they should also be large enough to support the weight of a swimmer who may want to take a break after hours of spearfishing.
However, most spear fishermen loathe using float lines because they tend to tangle around anything, but as long as you learn how to tighten or shorten your line, you should be able to manage your float lines quite well. The spear fisherman must stay within 15 meters of the float as well as stray too far may be dangerous. You must also choose floats with a strong towing line of 20m.
You must also remember to choose ones with detachable straps, ones that enable you to carry them as you would a backpack with a mesh bag to stow your other spearfishing gear in. It is also best to choose ones made of virtually indestructible polyethylene so it can keep up with any dropping, fish spiking and bashing against rocks.