Freediving and Spearfishing Gear by Category
Spearfishing has been known to humanity for millennia already, however, in recent years it started gaining popularity as an extreme sport. One thing necessary to remember though, is that high-quality spearfishing gear is essential to your safety. Consider the conditions and the game you are aiming at to select the right equipment. What’s more, the proper gear will help you improve your skills and master spearfishing faster. DIPNDIVE offers an array of different Spearguns, Shafts and Spear Points, Spearfishing Wetsuits, and accessories for a thrilling and safe experience.
If you really become passionate about spearfishing, it is likely that you’ll want to get more gear that is specialized for certain fish and conditions. However, you will only need a few items to get started with spearfishing.
First and foremost, you need to choose a speargun. If you are new to the sport, it is recommended that you get a smaller and simpler gun, for example a two-band, 90-centimeter (measured from the tip of the muzzle to the handle) wooden one. As you gain more experience, and start hunting bigger fish, you can upgrade to a more powerful speargun. You can also try using Hawaiian slings, or pole spears. These affordable instruments are ideal for hunting in shallow waters, where most beginners normally start.
A durable, well-fitting wetsuit is also a must for every spearfisherman. It will keep you warm and protect your skin from abrasive reef, jellyfish, spiny fish and sunburn. It is advisable to buy a wetsuit designed specifically for spearfishing, as many of them have a built-in pad that makes loading your speargun against your chest much more comfortable.
Spearfishing fins need to be long and flexible, just like the normal freediving ones. What may sometimes distinguish them is a camouflage pattern on the blade.
You will also need to choose a mask and snorkel. Some characteristics of a good spearfishing mask include low volume, good fit, tempered glass and easily adjustable strap. It is not recommended to buy a mask with a purge valve, as it may break or cause difficulties with ear equalization. As for the snorkel, it is best to go for a simple, J-shaped model with no purge valves or splash guards.
Finally, to compensate for the buoyancy of a wetsuit, you will need to wear a weight belt. Rubber belts with a quick-release buckle are a prefered option among freedivers and spearfishermen alike.
As for the additional accessories, consider buying a small knife with a sharp tip as well as a pair of gloves and dive booties if you will be spearing in colder waters.
Freediving is a challenging sport as is, nevermind adding sub-zero temperatures and icy waters to the mix. So, most consider cold-water freediving a mad idea, reserved only for the most daring. However, in addition to testing the limits of one’s inner strength, cold-water freediving offers a glance at some of the world’s most fascinating dive sites.