Spearfishing combines the thrill of hunting, fishing and scuba diving all in one activity. Like diving in general, spearfishing can be done safely when rules are followed. You should be mentally prepared, properly skilled and in adequate physical condition for the activity.
- Recognize game fish by shape rather than color. (Red Snappers are not red without artificial light.)
- Learn the kill zones for each fish.
- Practice safe gun handling and learn proper gun rigging.
- Learn which fish are good to eat and which are not.
- Practice shooting anchored foam fish in the pool. Sound easy? It’s not because they twist and turn with water movement.
This course has the following prerequisites:
- Be at least 12 years old.
- Possess a minimum of Open Water Diver certification.
- Be able to either answer No to all of the questions on the RSTC Medical History form, or secure a physician’s approval prior to taking part.
You should have at least an intermediate level of diving experience before picking up a speargun. This refers to the diver’s ability and comfort in the water rather than to a particular certification level.
Important: You are responsible for knowing when, where and to what fish laws apply. Ignorance of the law is no excuse.
This course consists of two classroom/pool session (mostly pool).
All classroom and pool training take place right here at Harry’s Dive Shop. We are among the few dive centers in the country with our own indoor, heated swimming pool. This 16-foot-deep pool was designed specifically for diver training. It provides unbeatable convenience and enjoyment.
Courses generally take either a Monday and a Wednesday evening, or a Wednesday and a Monday evening. Upcoming starting dates include:
- Monday, April 3, 2017
- Wednesday, June 14, 2017
- Monday, August 14, 2017
Course fees may vary depending on group size, time of year and other factors. Base price for a group of at least two people is $250 per person. Please contact Harry’s Dive Shop for more information.
The course fee includes:
- All instruction.
- Self-study materials.
Students are responsible for supplying:
- Personal diving equipment (see list below).
- Certification card processing.
Your instructor will have details and costs for the optional open-water training dives.
students are responsible for supplying the following:
- A speargun or pole spear.
- Mask, snorkel, fins.
- Weight system, weights.
- Adequate exposure protection.
- One cylinder.*
- Buoyancy Control Device (BC).*
- Regulator/alternate air source.*
*If you do not own these items, you can use ones from the rental department at Harry’s Dive Shop for the pool session.
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