This Is Why You Need A Float When Spearfishing

Floats and buoys might not be as "sexy" as your carbon fins of your blue water gun, but they are equally as important. Actually, they are more important when it comes to safety. The guys from Diving Sports show us why. Safety "So the main reason why we use floats is for safety. If you are out with your buddies and somebody gets separated, it's going to be a lot easier to look for a bright orange float and flag, compared to looking for some camo wetsuit hoods! It's going to be the exact same thing if you ever get pulled out to the open ocean and need to be rescued. It’s going to be a lot easier for search and rescue to look for you if you've got one of these, compared to if you don’t. They're also going to allow boats to see where you are. Now, there’s a lot of unqualified captains, so I'm not going to say that this is going to magically protect you, but it is going to allow them to see where you are and hopefully stay away from you. Now, there are also going to be places where legally you have to have a float and they might even have regulations on how big the flag has to be and how far away you're allowed to be from your float while you're spearfishing. So definitely take a look at your local laws and regulations for that. Sharks Another reason why we use these, it's a super great place to hold your fish after you've actually speared them. Some people are going to use stringers to hold their fish and put that around their belt. That's totally fine if you're diving somewhere like here in Vancouver where you don't need to worry about sharks, but if you're diving somewhere tropical where there are sharks, I personally don't recommend that. What I like to do when I'm diving in places with sharks is to put my stringer on the back of my float and use that to hold my fish. I find that it's a lot safer and I have more peace of mind knowing that my fish is farther away from me, compared to being right on me. There are definitely going to be different opinions on if you should keep your fish on you or on your float, that's just personally what I've done while living in places where there are a lot of sharks or traveling to those places. Storage Besides using your float to hold your fish, it's also super handy to be able to attach any extra spear guns on there, pole spears, or even a bottle of water. We can also use floats in place of a reel. If you're a beginner, I don't really recommend you to use a reel, just because there's a lot of things going on and it can be pretty overwhelming really quickly. So I definitely recommend you to get a float if you're ever diving somewhere super deep and you need to let go of your gun. You can do so knowing that it's attached to your float with your float line and you're not going to lose it. We can also use blue water floats for the same purpose. You can either attach these to your gun using a float line or a breakaway set up and it's going to help you not lose your gun or your fish. Another way that you can use your float is to use a dive anger or a small lead weight at the end of your float line that allows you to drop it and dive around the float as opposed to having it attached to you or your gun the entire time". Looking To Book A Spearfishing Charter?Watch This First!
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10 Tips To Improve Your CWTB Freediving Technique

CWTB is one of the 4 depth disciplines, where you only use bifins, and specifically flutter kicks, as dolphin kicks are not allowed. It is the most natural discipline, in the sense that it is the one you use when you go snorkeling. Thibault Guignes, a complete beast in CWTB, shares his tips on how to progress in this amazing technique. Duck Dive & Freefall At the start of your dive, when you will do your duck dive, you need to break it down perfectly. It is important to have a very smooth duck dive so that you can start your descent relaxed. In the beginning, you can give some energy in the kicking, as you need to fight the positive buoyancy, so it is important that you give some rhythm. Then it is about when to start the freefall. You need to find a balance because if you start too early, then you might be a little bit too slow, and if you start too late, then you have already created some carbon dioxide or some lactic acid, making your legs feel already heavy. A good balance is about 15-20 meters past your natural buoyancy. The key is actually to transition smoothly, to keep kicking a little bit, and reduce the frequency of the kicking until you give one last kick from your natural point. During the freefall, the idea is to be very relaxed in the legs, and the drag will help you align the fins with the rope naturally. Of course, the more flexible you are in your ankles, the more hydrodynamic your body will be when you align your fins with the rope. You can also use fins with a slight angle to help reduce this need for ankle flexibility. During the ascent, having your hands up will really help you reduce your effort, or go faster with the same effort. During the last meters, you can start resting your legs by reducing the frequency of your kicking and take advantage of the buoyancy to float back up to the surface. This way you can finish your ascent without feeling too much lactic acid. Amplitude & Frequency The key point for a good technique in bifins is to reduce the amplitude of your finning. Try to keep a medium amplitude and increase the frequency. Another important point is to have a balanced back kick and front kick. Try to really feel the water against your foot, when you kick, but also the other way around. You should feel your calves working when you back kick. It is really easy to keep your ankle a little bit too loose when you back kick and to lose efficiency. And don’t forget your knees! Bending the knees a little bit, especially on the front kick is ok, just focus on keeping your ankles straight instead, no need to keep the leg completely straight, otherwise, you will have a very big amplitude and not enough frequency. Body Positioning The head must stay in the axis - not overextended or have your chin facing down. That will minimize the drag. If you keep your arms next to your body, make sure to have them touching your body so that you don’t create too much drag. If you dive with a mask and you use one arm to equalize, make sure to keep your elbow close to your chest. If you decide to have your arms up during the ascent, make sure that your biceps touch your ears slightly. You might need to work a bit on shoulder flexibility to be comfortable in this position. Watch Thibault Freedive The Arch In DahabWith His V330 Carbon Fins  
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The Tragic Death Of Freediver Audrey Mestre

Imagine taking a single breath, then plummeting hundreds of feet down into the ocean on a weighted sled. Welcome to No Limits freediving. Audrey Mestre was a French national, living in Mexico studying marine biology. She wrote her thesis paper about how the human body adapts to survive at extreme depths. The focus of her paper was Francisco 'Pipin' Ferreras, a legendary Cuban freediver, who liked to push the limits. “I chose him as a subject of my thesis because he was the world champion freediver”, she said in a past interview. Audrey gets typhoid fever at 14, which creates scoliosis in her back. It is that bad, she has to be put in this really hard plastic corset for a number of years. The only time she's allowed out of that is in the water and her grandfather happens to be a spearfishing champion and so she still has this one place where she can be free. Pipin was born in Cuba on January 18, 1962. He grew up as a child with deformed legs and feet, asthma, and bad eyesight. He discovers, thanks to an uncle who puts him in the water, that he can swim before he can walk. Audrey managed to recover from her hardships and while studying, she by chance saw a poster featuring the subject of her thesis. She finds out that he's gonna be diving in Cabo San Lucas, she hops on a bus and suddenly she's in this world of his. By the next day, Audrey's assisting him on his training dives. That week, on the second day, Audrey experienced firsthand the high risks associated with the sport, as one of the safety divers died during routine training. They eventually get married and, in no time, they're off filming around the world. Pipin has these deals to do movies and TV series and Audrey really was all about the ocean. Her favorite thing was to dive with the animals, the sharks, the dolphins. “People think of mermaids, she was the original mermaid”. Pipin began training Audrey in No Limits. Her first No Limits record dive was for the French nationals under the watchful eye of her mother. Audrey would attempt a depth of 80 meters or 263 feet. “I felt privileged to be around her as she transitioned from being literally just an extra on a set, to being star talent. It was wonderful to see her because it came very naturally to her”. In January of 2000, at the age of 38, Pipin attempted his deepest dive ever; 163 meters or 535 feet. During his ascent, he suffered a blackout that left him unconscious for more than a minute. In May of 2015, he arranged for Audrey to make her first women's world record attempt. Although Audrey reached her target depth of 125 meters, upon surfacing she also suffered from a blackout. Just 6 weeks after Tanya Streeter’s world record dive, Pipin & Audrey headed to the Dominican Republic for Audrey to begin training. On October 12th, 2002, Audrey Mestre attempted to break the No Limits world record by diving 564 feet on a single breath of air. It was the last dive of her life. Here's What Happened LMC/Samba Caught On VideoWhile Spearfishing
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