Spearfishing is an adrenaline filled sport that will provide you with endless excitement and the occasional frustration that will keep you coming back for more whenever the sea provides the right conditions come rain or shine above the surface. Firstly fish are not stupid and each species has its’ own characteristics, which means that there will always be a new species to “tick off your list” a deeper hunt to pull off, or a larger specimen that you can’t wait to get (especially if you’ve missed your chance with a big one beforehand).
The spearfishing section of the underwater club takes members out to experience the ocean first hand with no big tanks strapped to your back and a speargun with which to hopefully get a prize fish. When spearfishing you rely on nothing but your fitness and the air in your lungs so if you do some training and are keen to dive then you will have amazing experiences that range from the adrenaline of dealing with sharks to the joy of swimming with big rays, turtles, dolphins and all sorts of oceanic animals.
To take part in spearfishing at Rhodes it is preferable that you do have your own kit and some experience but there are 2 sets of kit for beginners to use and training opportunities to ensure you’ll be safe before heading out. You obviously need to be a strong swimmer and have a degree of fitness that will allow you to hold your own in the ocean which can be unforgiving at times. Relying on your own breath when hunting for fish brings with it certain risks but overcoming your fears and shooting a great fish as a result provides the utmost satisfaction which only a spearo can explain. Within the Rhodes spearfishing section of the Underwater Club however your safety and the safety of those around you is paramount and to succeed a certain degree of responsibility and maturity is vital.
Each member must have a valid spearfishing licence which is easily obtained from the Grahamstown post office and costs around R80 so that they are carrying out their legal obligation in this regard and other than this a willingness to learn, having the guts to deal with and stay calm in hair raising situations that may occur, and a drive maintain safety and shoot some massive fish are the only other requirements.
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TRIPS include a trip to the Transkei over the easter weekend and as many trips to Kenton, Plett, East London, and St Francis as possible when conditions are right.
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