When under the water, follow these important tips so you come back up again
We are blessed here in Western Australia with our low population and vast and mostly pristine coast line. This gives the diver a huge choice of environments to fish in, from the Southern Ocean around Esperance to the far north towards Broome and offshore to the Rowley Shoals.
Below are some tips to remember so you come home safe after a day's fishing.
- The number one rule of spearfishing is to never dive alone.
- Always fish with a buddy and take turns diving with one person watching out for the other. Spearfishing is an experience best shared with friends who are there to help you if something goes wrong, such as a shallow water blackout, which is caused by a lack of oxygen and can result in drowning.
- Carry the Bluewater Safety Float (Survival Float) you can store, flares, PLB's, water and other items you'll need in an emergency. They are also perfect to clip your catch onto rather than to your body. (pictured below)
- Use a dive flag and don’t take unnecessary risks, diving can be dangerous and the ocean is very unforgiving.
- Know your own ability and don’t get carried away, a simple cramp or fatigue can become life-threatening if a long way from shore or the boat.
- Other vessels, watch out for boats and jet skis.
- Wear a shark deterrent - The Western Australian Government is offering a rebate of $200 to Western Australian residents that purchase a scientifically-proven and approved personal shark deterrent device. The world-first subsidy launched in May, 2017, was originally for 1,000 devices, but given the popularity of the program, funding has been extended to 5,000 devices. Find out more here: https://www.sharksmart.com.au/staying-safe/rebate
Sharks: Before you go fishing, check out the SharkSmartWA app or Sharksmart website to stay up to date with current alerts, warnings and the latest reported sightings. The app and website provides beach users with near ‘real time’ information on shark activity, including current alerts and warnings issued by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, as well as access to Surf Life Saving WA’s beach safety information. Remember the map shows available information – not all sharks are tagged, or sightings reported, so be Sharksmart when using the water.
Please report all shark sightings directly to the Water Police on 9442 8600. This number is staffed 24 hours, seven days a week and will activate any required response.