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Old 07-29-2011, 05:07 PM   #1
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Advice on spearfishing alone

So I've recently picked up spearfishing/freediving and absolutely love it. But I've been unable to find a buddy that can go as much as i do or who is at the same level. I volunteer at an aquarium and many of the experienced spearfishing guys say it's ok as long as I don't push it beyond my limit. As a result, I've been going alone.

I dive to a max depth of 30ft for about 45 seconds. I never hyperventilate and keep a surface time double of my dive time.

With all the information out there about blackouts, I am curious as to how many of you dive alone and what can be done to prevent blacking outs when diving alone?

I looked into the freediving courses and although i would like to go, it is a bit pricey for me at the moment.

Any input is welcomed. Thanks.
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Old 07-29-2011, 05:21 PM   #2
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Re: Advise on spearfishing alone

First and fore most u shouldn't dive alone but since you do I don't think there is a way to stop it just happens, u should make a will and get life insurance, or just find a buddy to your caliber to watch your back. Be safe dude !!
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Old 07-29-2011, 05:28 PM   #3
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Re: Advise on spearfishing alone

I used to dive alone some, then my GF put a stop to that! That being said, its actually a very serene experience, especially if you're far enough from land to hear nothing but the ocean; I really enjoyed it. If you're going to dive alone make sure you have all the proper safety gear, make sure someone knows where you will be and until what time, and lastly make sure you understand that diving alone increases the likelihood of something going wrong.
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Old 09-16-2011, 08:48 AM   #4
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I used to dive alone some, then my GF put a stop to that! That being said, its actually a very serene experience, especially if you're far enough from land to hear nothing but the ocean; I really enjoyed it. If you're going to dive alone make sure you have all the proper safety gear, make sure someone knows where you will be and until what time, and lastly make sure you understand that diving alone increases the likelihood of something going wrong.
Sorry, new guy here, but diving alone does NOT increase the likelihood of something going wrong, it only eliminates anyone there to help you when it does. Please don't do it and if you must, take out a reasonable insurance policy and I will forward the info you will need to put me as the beneficiary! I could use a new sailboat!
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Old 08-19-2014, 10:11 PM   #5
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I used to dive alone some, then my GF put a stop to that! That being said, its actually a very serene experience, especially if you're far enough from land to hear nothing but the ocean; I really enjoyed it. If you're going to dive alone make sure you have all the proper safety gear, make sure someone knows where you will be and until what time, and lastly make sure you understand that diving alone increases the likelihood of something going wrong.
^ stupid idea sorry, even diving alone with the FRV is not a good idea. Are friends really that hard to come by nowadays. Maybe people should get off the couch and stop reading facebook and make some real friends who would be happy to be your lifeline while freediving. more than 4000 years of people diving and all the sudden it becomes difficult.... Goes to show you society is becoming much more dumb. Natural selection is working faster and faster lol.
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Old 08-20-2014, 07:24 AM   #6
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Re: Advice on spearfishing alone

Since this thread was ressurected, I saw my post from yesteryear. For the sake of interest, here's a follow up post:

I have since taken a course through FII. I no longer dive with my snork in. I'm still not convinced there's a serious safety reason for it, but it's better for a variety of reasons: Relaxing my face, no more line of bubbles to scare fish as the snork slowly vents, less resistance from the snork when diving.

To be honest, looking back, I only resisted spitting the snorkle out because I was used to NOT doing it, and I was resistant to the change.

Which is a stupid reason for ignoring advice from more experienced divers.

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Old 08-20-2014, 02:36 PM   #7
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Re: Advice on spearfishing alone

Since this thread was resurrected - I have since taken a AIDA level II class, purchased an FRV, and no longer keep the snorkel in so as to be able to facilitate proper hook breathing upon surfacing. And sadly, one of the posters on this thread has died from SWB.
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Old 11-06-2014, 07:07 PM   #8
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^ stupid idea sorry, even diving alone with the FRV is not a good idea. Are friends really that hard to come by nowadays. Maybe people should get off the couch and stop reading facebook and make some real friends who would be happy to be your lifeline while freediving. more than 4000 years of people diving and all the sudden it becomes difficult.... Goes to show you society is becoming much more dumb. Natural selection is working faster and faster lol.
I don't remember anyone ever saying that they dove alone because they couldn't find a buddy, and I can guarantee that in those "4000 years of diving" there were plenty of people who dove alone. Nowadays, I'm willing to bet most people dive alone for the same reason that other people surf alone. Solitude can feel good from time to time. Now, considering allllllllllllll of the stupid shit that goes on the world, why would you think that someone wanting to dive alone is proof that society is getting dumber?

As for myself, I tend to go diving with friends, but I've never used the 1 up 1 down system except for 1 time and that was because we were diving in a liner line along a breakwall. Normally, as soon as we get in the water, we go our separate ways to find fish.
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So I've recently picked up spearfishing/freediving and absolutely love it. But I've been unable to find a buddy that can go as much as i do or who is at the same level. I volunteer at an aquarium and many of the experienced spearfishing guys say it's ok as long as I don't push it beyond my limit. As a result, I've been going alone.

I dive to a max depth of 30ft for about 45 seconds. I never hyperventilate and keep a surface time double of my dive time.

With all the information out there about blackouts, I am curious as to how many of you dive alone and what can be done to prevent blacking outs when diving alone?

I looked into the freediving courses and although i would like to go, it is a bit pricey for me at the moment.

Any input is welcomed. Thanks.
Where do you live? What county and state?
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Old 07-29-2011, 07:42 PM   #10
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I live in city of Torrance, Los Angeles.
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Old 07-29-2011, 07:44 PM   #11
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advice on spearfishing alone..Dont. find u a buddy.
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Old 07-29-2011, 08:02 PM   #12
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Sure you can find some ppl in PV to dive with. If you ever dive laguna let me know. I dove alone today and do it Quite often. Its peaceful and I feel no pressure to land a fish. I pulled the trigger once today and missed. But all in all there's nothin like exploring new spots. I think I have more fun alone. Unless it's on a boat. When I go with ppl were all spread out anyways...sure I feel more confident knowing someones in the water with me, but you gotta do what you gotta do.
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Old 07-29-2011, 08:51 PM   #13
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Id advise against it... Find a buddy even if its a friend that can just snorkel with you and keep an eye on ya.
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Old 07-29-2011, 09:50 PM   #14
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I go out alone more often than not. In the kind of viz most of us hunt , a buddy is more likely for body recovery than for life saving. Hedge your bets any way you can. You might survive a mishap, but you probably will not survive panic.

Have fun. Be careful.
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Old 07-30-2011, 07:48 AM   #15
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Re: Advise on spearfishing alone

I am pretty new to spearfishing and although I try to dive with a buddy as often as I can, I only have one friend who likes to go with me so I also end up going alone sometimes. I live in Long Beach and I have been diving mostly in Laguna Beach but if you guys are looking for someone to dive with sometime send me a PM.
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