When under the water, follow these important tips so you come back up again

Spearfishing is a popular form of recreational fishing and has been recognised for its selective fishing practices. For more on spearfishing/diving, see apneaaustralia.com.au and auf.com.au 

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.
  • Sharks, the risk from sharks is very small but is there so why not wear a Shark Shield?

For more information on spearfishing, visit http://ilovefishing.com.au/2016/07/07/an-in-depth-look-into-spearfishing/

For more on free diving for crays visit http://ilovefishing.com.au/2017/10/11/diving-western-rock-lobster/

Shark sightings

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.

Keep informed of the latest reported sighting and tagged shark detection information by checking the Shark Activity Map or follow the Surf Life Saving WA twitter feed @SLSWA. The Shark Activity Map provides beach users with 'real time' information on reported sightings and tagged shark detections, as well as access to Surf Life Saving WA's twitter feed and current alerts and warnings issued by the Department of Fisheries. Remember the map shows available information – not all sharks are tagged, or sightings reported, so be Sharksmart when using the water.

People are asked to refrain from phoning rangers direct for updates as these phone lines need to be available to coordinate shark sighting response activities.

For more information about shark sighting response plans and procedures as well as shark safety tips visit the Sharksmart website.