Learn how to prevent injuries and rescue yourself and your buddy in the event of an accident.
Spearfishing Advanced Safety Skills course
Spearfishing is the most rewarding and sustainable way of catching seafood, but only if done safely. Our Spearfishing Advanced Safety Skills will teach you everything you need to know to stay safe in the sea, including advanced freediving techniques, CPR and first aid.
The day starts with theory, looking at how to optimise breathing, the dangers of hypverventilation, recovery breathing, and breathing exercises and techniques for improving lung function. You’ll then move onto CPR practice with mannequins and learn how to use an Automatic External Defibrillator.
In the pool you’ll be putting the breathing techniques into practice during a static session, including how to deal with the struggle phase and how to rescue your buddy from shallow water blackout. Over lunch we’ll examine the risk factors in freediving and spearfishing, and how to minimise risk and maximise bottom time.
In open water you’ll put it all together, optimising your duck dive and finning techniques, improving weight set up, practicing self-rescue techniques and buddy rescues, including weight belt drops and towing. There’ll also be a full search and rescue scenario for each participant, involving finding and recovering a casualty from between 5 and 13 metres, towing them to shore, getting them out of the water and then performing CPR on a mannequin.