Author: Spearing

Clean up your entry

During my courses, students are bombarded with a lot of information and new techniques. The one technique I spend the most time on without question is efficient entry technique. I typically spend more than an hour spread over 2 pool sessions just working on entries. An efficient entry will get you through the first 15ft. of the water column with the least amount of energy. As you probably have realized, that first 15 feet is the hardest to move through as you’re more buoyant in the top of the water column. This is the exact step by step process I teach in my classes. Step 1 – Have fins floating on the surface, not hanging down underwater and have your arms pointing down towards the bottom. Step 2 – Take the biggest breath you can, pre equalize your ears and spit your snorkel out. Step 3 – Bend 90 degrees at the waist. Step 4 – Pull one knee towards your chest and then drive the single leg straight up in the air so your fin is out of the water and pointing straight up at the sky. Step 5 – When your leg is actually sticking out of the water and not before, do a strong arm pull which will pull your fins underwater. Step 6 – Kick while you bring one hand to your nose for equalizing...

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Too much lead got you down?

Generally speaking many spearfishermen wear too much weight. This causes two problems. First, if they were to black out they would end up on the bottom of the ocean and second, it can reduce their dive time. When I started freediving back in 2006 I was terrible. I’d freedive to the sand at Sombrero Reef at 20ft., I’d be there for about 15 seconds, have the urge to breathe and I’d fly to the surface. I decided that I was spending too much energy getting to the bottom thinking if I just added more weight, it would make it easier to get there. I’d get two 6 pound weights put them on my belt and go freediving. This by the way was with no wetsuit. As a new diver I had poor technique. My entry was terrible, my fins were splashing around, and I was going down at a 20 degree angle, so I wasted tons of energy getting to the bottom. At the time I had no idea my technique was poor, but I knew it was hard to get down there so adding extra weight seemed like a logical next step. Overweighting is a crutch for poor technique. If you have bad technique and then add too much weight it’s, of course, easy to get down to the bottom. The problem is divers need to make as...

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Prep the body for upcoming spearfishing season

Some people are lucky enough to live where they can spearfish year round but this certainly doesn’t apply to most people. Lots of folks have to travel to go spearfishing because their local season is very short like my students from New York. If you’ve ever been on a 3 day spearfishing trip after a long time out of the water you’ve probably experienced the following. The first day diving is harder than you remember, bottom times are definitely way shorter than you would like, and you don’t have much of that relaxed bottom time which makes you an effective hunter.   Day 2 you start to shake the cobwebs off and it starts to come back. On day 3 you feel that you are back in the groove.  Day 4 you fly home and think if I only had one more day! In essence one of the biggest reasons your dives are harder than you remember is due to the mammalian dive reflex not being as strong as it is when you are diving more frequently. Here is one simple exercise you can do 2 -3 times a week for 2 to 3 weeks leading up to a spearfishing trip.  Breath hold training will start to get your dive reflex back in working order, and makes those first days more productive. In my opinion this is one of...

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How you breathe, hold your breath and kick

How you breathe, hold your breath and kick are pretty essential to the sport of freedive spearfishing. During my courses I deal with a wide variety of experience levels. Some students can only freedive to 20ft. and some are already hunting in 50-70ft. of water when they walk through the door. The folks that are new to the sport typically have an inefficient kick, while most students that are hunting at 50-70ft have a decent kick, but I’m always surprised at the number of them that can hunt in that range but still have a really poor kicking technique. Let’s discuss some basic concepts of what I teach with kicking. You may have felt that when you start your dive it’s hard to leave the surface because you are so buoyant. You have probably also felt that the deeper you go, you don’t need to kick as hard, and at some point in your dive you might have felt that you didn’t even need to kick at all, you could just sink the rest of the way. By the way, this is my favorite part of the dive, and why the name of my boat is “Sink Faze.” Since we know that our buoyancy changes throughout the dive, does it make sense to kick with the same intensity throughout the dive or should we kick harder at the beginning,...

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Safe spearfishing Practices = More Fish in the Cooler.

I’ve been encouraging spearos to dive safer since 2009. Over the years, I’ve heard a lot of arguments against safe freediving practices. Let’s list a few. You can’t hunt in buddy teams. The buddy would scare the fish. This is my area and all these fish belong to me. I know my limits and don’t push myself. The buddy would spook the fish. Having a buddy would cause more problems than diving by myself. I’ve been diving this way for 20 years and never had a problem. The other guys that diving unsafely, not I. I come up at my first contraction. I stay on the surface twice as long as my bottom time. I’m in tune with my body and don’t push it. Ninety percent of blackouts happen at the surface. The diver surfaces. Maybe he/she looks 100% fine, takes 2-3 breaths, and then blacks out. A person having a blackout will not yell, wave his or her hands and ask for help. Once the diver blacks out, his or her face will fall into the water. If the person is over-weighted, which is common among spearos, the diver will then sink to the bottom of the ocean. Not good. If you came up from a dive, took 2-3 breaths and started to blackout and sink to the bottom of the ocean, what would happen? Is your buddy...

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