starter spearfishing advice

 Hey guys, I have recently found out how great free-diving and spearfishing is. I have been using my gidgee but would like to purchase a speargun. I have beeen trying to find the age limit for a speargun use but I can't find it, any info regarding this would be a big help. Also any suggestions for a decent beginers gun would be good.

Cheers, Max

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 Join wa undersea club on

Thu, 2015-02-05 18:34

 Join wa undersea club on face book heaps of information going on there for beginners to advanced spearos


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Hey Max, I checked out that

Thu, 2015-02-05 20:05

Hey Max, I checked out that link for the vids you boys did on FB (very cool & page liked)

No age limit on spear gun & what Sammy has said above undersea is a great way to go, good fins are the key to logging some serious bottom time. When you are in town next mate I would go see Damo, he will be a wealth of knowledge for you. I have a gun that you can borrow to get the feel for things particularly technique for loading the rubbers  

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 There is no limit on who can

Thu, 2015-02-05 20:12

 There is no limit on who can own a speargun. I have a pelaj venom 1.1m gun I'm about to post for sale looking for $125. It's in good condition. 

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 Hey there Max lamby is right

Thu, 2015-02-05 21:55

 Hey there Max lamby is right about fins helping a lot . A lot of guys use omer stingrays or something similar . Dont be fussed about brand as its the foot pocket fit that counts . Try on as many brands as you can to see what suits you . Plastic fins are good for about 20m deep so they are great for a learner .. as for guns . Id suggest a rob allen sparid as a good start . Something in the 1m long or shorter .. the longer guns need a bit more technique. 

Damo at duns sportz is a dive wiz so pick all the info you can out of him 

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Bit of advise for newbie to spear fishing

Thu, 2015-02-05 22:30

Keep looking over your shoulder, lol just joking mate. I don't do it myself but have plenty of friends who really enjoy it.

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Thanks all for the advice

Fri, 2015-02-06 07:47

 Thanks guys, I have brought a pair of free-tech fins, dive belt and have been given a wetsuit for the job. I've been practising loading the rubbers on my grandads old gun, holding my breath and adjusting to the pressure. After the new rod i'm buying I am going to save up for a gun. 

Cheers, Max

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Hi Max

Fri, 2015-02-06 13:54

DON'T EVER LOAD A GUN OUT OF WATER!!!!! Just a safety warning, just youtube the consequences, they are not pretty.
Always dive with a buddy, especially if you are just starting.
A cheap way of improving your breathing, and strengthening your diaphragm is to breathe through a straw.
Yes WAUC is a great place to start, also don't always get caught up in the hype about having to have the 'latest-and-greatest' gear, I have seen good fish shot with minimal low range gear.

Have fun and be safe


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 The WAUC are having a

Fri, 2015-02-06 15:48

 The WAUC are having a meeting down at hillaries dive shop on Tuesday night 600pm, Jesse and I are heading down to join up ..


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 I have been practising

Fri, 2015-02-06 18:34

 I have been practising loading in the pool mainly, without the shaft. Thanks for the tip with the straw, will give a shot definantly. I"m in the hills and have after school sports on Tuesday so I probably won't make it. Thanks for letting me know though Paul. 


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1. Join a club 2. Dive safe

Sat, 2015-02-07 14:06

1. Join a club 

2. Dive safe and with a buddy

3. Do a freedive course - or if you cant afford that make sure you read up about Shallow Water blackout

4. Have fun!