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Australian Spearfishing Safety Initiative

Rockhopping / Shore Diving

Rockhopping/shore diving involves entering and exiting the water from the shore, often from rocky headlands, and then swimming in the sea, often around the head land. It presents some unique risks for the spearfisherman. Sea conditions, tides, rips, surf, boat traffic are just some risks associated with rock hopping.

The following are considered effective guidelines to follow when rockhopping /shorediving:-

Watch the sea conditions prior to getting in;

Make sure you can enter/exit safely, factor in tides & check for rips in beach corners.  Yes your exit point could well be different to your entry point;

Keep gun unloaded and tip covered during exit/entry;

Only dive in calm conditions if you are unfamiliar with a headland;

Check current regularly while diving, are you getting sucked out to sea or away from where you can safely exit?

Watch for boats, jetski’s, kiteboarders, surfers;

Stay clear of rock fisherman to avoid a lure in head;

Use appropriate float rope length ie not too long to avoid tangling in cunje;

Tell someone where you are going and for how long.




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Australian Underwater Federation

A.U.F. Spearfishing

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The Australian Underwater Federation (AUF) is a representative body that operates from the national to the local level and covers the sports of spearfishing, scuba diving and underwater hockey. The AUF as an organization provides rules for spearfishing competitions, record keeping, codes of conduct and importantly, representation to government and other community groups. read more>


The Guide to Spearfishing in NSW

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Spearfishing N.Z.

Spearfishing New Zealand look after and reflect the interests of all spearfishers and spearfishing clubs throughout NZ. read more>

Dive Wise

Freediving Education Initiative

Dive Wise was created to answer freedive safety questions. Respected scientists and freedive professionals from around the world guide and contribute to the content on DiveWise to provide the most accurate information available. read more>


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