Spear Safe is a national initiative to improve safety for Australian spearfishers. The initiative involves some of Australia’s top divers and attempts to bring together a cohesive view on safety issues involved with spear-fishing.
A DVD and brochure have been developed. Through the AUF, AUFQ, USFA and Government funding in various states has been made freely available. The DVD and brochure can be found in many spearfishing outlets including diving, boating and fishing stores at point of sale. Australian manufacturers of spearfishing gear have also to be provided this material for distribution. Spearfishing clubs throughout Australia have also received copies of the DVD and brochure for distribution to members and associates.
The following is to appear in spearfishing magazines promoting 'buddy diving':-
A basic, safety orientated and nationally accredited spearfishing course is currently under development.
Part 2 of the Spearsafe DVD deals with more advanced speafishing techniques in particular tropical diving and dealing with various species of sharks.
This is an excelent video provided by North Shore Underwater Club of a lecture by Erez Beatus - a world class freediver -containing actual footage of samba and blackout
The information and video footage on this site has been a collaborative efftort by the following volunteer organisations:-
AUF (Australian Underwater Federation - Spearfishing);
USFA (Underwater Skindivers & Fishermans Association -NSW).
AUFQ (Australian Underwater Federation - Queensland);
The DVD and brochure are freely available for reproduction. Any organisation worldwide interested in reproducing this information for the benefit of its members please> click here.
Of course manufacturing and distributing DVD and brochure material is not free and SPEARSAFE are always on the lookout for sponsors willing to assist.
Interested sponsors please > click here.
Blackout is a major killer of breath-hold spearfishers. It is the result of oxygen starvation at the end of a breath-hold dive. Overexertion during a breath-hold dive is a predisposing factor. Blackout is most likely to occur during ascent and within 10 metres below the surface and shallower. Many blackouts occur within 30 seconds after surfacing. Blackout can occur when breath-hold diving in shallow or deep water... Read more >
There is a risk of injury from boat traffic. Severe injury or death can occur from propeller strike. There is also the risk of spearfishers being caught in currents and lost at sea. A float/flag alerts boats the presence of a spearfisher in the water.
Spearfisherman can be injured by other spearfisherman. In particular there is a risk from a spear gun accidentally discharging and causing injury. There is also a risk from improper use of a speargun (eg incorrect loading techniques and loading out of water)... Read more >
Rockhopping/shore diving involves entering and exiting the water from the shore, often from rocky headlands, and then swimming in the sea, often around the head land. It presents some unique risks for the spearfisherman. Sea conditions, tides, rips, surf, boat traffic are just some risks associated with rock hopping... Read more >
Consideration must be given to the fitness level required for spearfishing. Spearfishing requires a measure of strength and stamina. There are other restrictions on spearfishing can include medical conditions, illnesses such as flu and various medications. General health issues is the biggest killer of breath-hold spearfishers based on the DAN data... Read more >