I Dive Alone | The Spearfishing Dilemma

A dilemma is when the two choices in front of you are difficult. If you want to go spearfishing but you don’t have a dive buddy then your choices are; to dive alone or stay home.

One choice involves a higher level of risk but also the possibility of fun, solitude and all the other wonders we experience when spearfishing.

The other; less risk but a missed opportunity to spend the day out in the water.

“Your spearfishing buddy is your only true piece of safety equipment when diving”. This is as close to Gospel truth in spearfishing as it gets, so why dive alone?

This episode is a frank chat about diving alone. Pro’s, Con’s, everything.

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MORE on the Spearfishing Dilemma

A dilemma is sometimes described as being stuck between a rock and a hard place. In spearfishing this isn’t just a figurative illustration though, it’s a reality. Especially when chasing crayfish (lobster) or another hole dwelling tasty creature. And caves aren’t the only risk, not by a long shot. Let’s add shallow water blackout, boat/jetski traffic, cramp, current, sharks and all of the other less likely risks to the list. The fact is that having a buddy drastically reduces/mitigates every single one of these risks…


Let’s be honest.

Some spearfishing buddies are so shit you might as well be diving by yourself anyway.


There are other appeals to diving alone despite the greatly increased risk of doing so.

This conversation with experienced spearfisherman Pat Swanson is an open and candid chat about the reality of diving alone.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about it in our spearfishing community on Facebook here.

This thought from Curly (Freediving and Spearfishing Instructor in Western Australia). “I also teach the benefits of diving as a team, but I also teach (and have always told ppl) the reality of diving alone. The thing about dying from a shallow water blackout/ blackout is that it doesn’t affect you, you’re doing something you love and then you just lose consciousness and you’re gone (it’s probably not a bad way to go). It affects everyone around you, your mates or emergency services that have to find your body and your family and loved ones that you leave behind, them probably knowing you have taken an unnecessary risk diving alone. Its selfish. If you can still go out there and think it’s fun and peaceful knowing this, then there’s not much anyone could say to change your mind.”

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Join us at Adreno for an evening with Shrek from Noob Spearo to discover Melbourne spearfishing insights and tips for spearos of all levels with @southernspearfishing legend James Beckmanis!

Also happening on the night:
• Live Q&A session with Club Spearfish President Sven Franklin, Adreno Store Manager Luke Latham, James @southernspearfishing and Shrek
• ’99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing’ book signing
• Light refreshments & snacks

WHERE: Adreno 1184 Nepean Hwy, Cheltenham, Melbourne
WHEN: Saturday 9th November 5PM – 7:30PM

Free on-site parking available!


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