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Now that we covered the Dangers of Spearfishing let’s talk about the benefits. Here are some of the many benefits of spearfishing.
The most obvious benefit is fresh fish and other game like lobsters and scallops. I feel very fortunate that we have a nice variety of tasty fish off San Diego. I’ve taken Yellowtail, Dorado, White Seabass, Halibut, and a bunch of reef fish.
Swimming around looking for fish is great exercise. Depending who you ask you can burn about 800 calories per hour. It takes a lot of energy to keep your body warm even in a spearfishing suit. Add to that the swimming, diving, and other fish shooting related activities and you can see how the 800 calorie estimate is not so farfetched.
Well you don’t really fly but diving feels like slow motion flying to me. The feeling during the sink phase of the dive when gravity takes over and you glide down through the water is the best. You swoop down silently, motionless, as you approach your target. Poor fish had no chance.
No distractions. Even with your dive buddy nearby, it is you and the Ocean on each dive. You relax and are aware of every breath during your recovery breathing. That is one form of meditation. You dive down and while you are down you are completely focused on the present moment – yet another form of meditation. You are completely in tune with your body. I sometimes feel like I can hear my heartbeat. To me meditation is about building awareness. Spearfishing and freediving are a wonderful way to focus the mind.
I remember the first time I shot a fat fish. It was a more than the rush of landing it. It felt right on a primal level that I had never felt before. I knew right there, I was going to spearfish the rest of my life.
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