A freediver spearfishing Mutton, Amberjack, Cobia, and King Mackerel!
Spearfishing is a type of fishing that is done by hand. It is exactly what the name describes it as. The fisher uses a spear to fish.
Historically, spearfishing was a technique used to catch fish for private and public use. Before the invention of fishing rods or boats, fishers had to capture fish using other methods. Many fishers did this by diving into the water and stabbing the fish with a pointy object, like a spear.
At this point in time, fishing has advanced due to the innovation in fishing technology and equipment that has occurred. We have easy access to fish-products in most our local supermarkets, whether the product is preserved or fresh.
However, some people in the world still prefer to catch their fish fresh every day. For those who prefer this, they must develop a skill to catch fish. The skill they may need would be something similar to spearfishing. Spearfishing can be done by anyone who knows how to swim, because all you have to do is swim until you find some fish to catch. However, it is important that you use your stealthiest moves and spear the fish before it escapes!
Although, while freediving, spearfishing becomes much easier. When freedivers are properly trained, their motions are natural in the water, seeming fish-like. This works to the benefit of the diving-fisher because the fish become less startled. This advantage allows the diving-fisher to approach and catch more fish successfully. Since freedivers have trained their bodies to dive great depths, they are also given the advantage of locating fish in deeper areas of the water. Thus, increasing the amount of potential fish they can catch.
Spearfishing is an activity done by freedivers, check out the video and see!
Check out the Canadian Association of Freediving & Apnea! CAFA outlines a calender of events for divers that includes both recreational and competitive diving. CAFA also has clubs and various memberships for divers to take part in. Dive into their website. Enjoy!
The Cove is a movie that follows activists through the struggles they face to protect wildlife from humanity. The Cove highlights the Japanese dolphin hunting culture, emphasizing the unnecessary mass dolphin kills that occur each year.
The citizens of Japan often feast on dolphin meat without realizing the high mercury content it contains. The government keeps it’s citizens blind of this information. The film The Cove works to uncover some of these discrepencies. Uncovering the truths of the dolphin industry and the damage it creates for all.
In this film, freedivers use their skill to discover the depth of the oceans and show viewers what beautiful wildlife is being damaged. Cameras follow freedivers through the journey in the ocean, making the interactions between humans and animals an experience for all to share.
Diver surrounded by coral reefs and aquatic wildlife.
Enjoy freediving? Want to teach others about the sport and introduce them to the world within the depths of the Earth’s water bodies? Become a freediving instructor and help others discover the beauty of freediving.
Sarah Campbell answers the questions we all ponder! Are you curious if a professional freediver has ever had any bad experiences or setbacks? Would you like to know how much work, training and practice it took to achieve three world records? Read about her experiences freediving and have all your questions answered!
This freediver is literally “swimming with a dolphin”!
Some may wonder: where in the world offers the best locations to freedive? Listed are a few locations around the world that are optimal freediving locations!
- Baja, Mexico
- Eilat, Isreal
- La Paz, Mexico
* There are many more locations around the world that are prime freediving locations!
To learn more about the history of freediving, check out this site!
Have you ever wondered when freediving began? Who decided to dive freely into the depth of the ocean? And why?
Here we will try and discover some of the truths and unpack the history of freediving!
Times before 1930:
- Goggles… What are those?
1800’s = Japanese Ama divers REALLY wanted to know what was going on in the depths of the water… so, they dove in… for two centuries… without goggles!
1913 = Stotti Georghios successfully retrives an anchor from a depth of 200ft!
The Goggle Age (1930-1969):
- Fins and goggles become a widespread invention. Many divers are diving to deeper depths thanks to these tools.
1943 = Jacques Cousteau and Emily Gagnan invent Scuba gear! (This took the diving game into a whole new body of water!)
The Modern Age (1970- present):
- Further advancements in diving gear and equipment are created. This furthers the progression of diving altogether.
- Diving gear is still continuing to advance as technology improves. Currently, we have some of the state of the art diving equipment.
Dr. Win Wenger claims that cardiovascular activities, such as holding ones breath, can increase intellectual capacity. Wenger explains that there is a relationship between increased lung capacity and one’s ability to be attentive, aware and focused.
Wenger suggests spending 1 hour each day for 3 weeks under water holding your breath. According to Wenger, as you hold your breath under water, carbon dioxide increases in the blood, which in turn feeds the Carotid arteries that feed the brain.
Check out the article and tell me what you think!
Wow! I feel like I am doing the dive too.