I have been an SDI instructor and Course Director for many years. My passion in the industry has always been spearfishing. My dad, who is one of my best friends, certified me and took me on my first spearfishing trip. As an avid hunter and fisherman, He warned “Once you shoot your first fish, you will never want to drop a hook in the water again”. Well, he was right! I have been spearfishing and teaching spearfishing for over 6 years and have certified hundreds of divers. As the picture above shows, he WAS once better than me.
Bycatch: In the fishing industry, Bycatch is a fish or other marine species that is caught unintentionally while targeting other species and sizes of fish. According to some estimates, global bycatch may amount to 40 percent of the world's catch, totaling 63 billion pounds of wasted fish per year. Spearfishing has zero bycatch. You see what you want to harvest and take it. With proper training Spearfishing leaves almost no footprint. No snagged lines and no damage to the reef or wrecks. As a Spearo, you will see a change in yourself. You will find more respect for the ocean. You care about what’s happening to it. You will probably see your cutting fishing line off the dive site, pulling up anchors, picking up trash and in general just trying to leave it a better place than when you got there!
-Having an experienced instructor teaching and spearfishing with you to answer any questions is a must.
-Learning Tips and Tricks from your instructor is priceless and will make spearfishing easier and more enjoyable
-Certified Divers who know the basics of diving and are already comfortable in the water
-Divers who want the freshest and best tasting fish you can get (Ocean to Grill)
-Any divers who already enjoys or think they would enjoy hunting and other outdoor activities
-Survey of Marine Life
-Ecology and conservation
- Spearfishing Etiquette
-Spearfishing Equipment and its Purpose
-The Dos and Don'ts of Spearfishing
-The Spearfishing class and Panama City Trip is $479
-Prices are based off of Air Tanks.
-Price does not include your dive gear or any addition spearfishing equipment or lodging and meals
Tell Me About The Spearfishing Class
-Meet at Panama City Dive Center on Friday night at 6pm. There we will finish paperwork and go over classroom material and skills brief
–Saturday morning, we will get on the PCDC boat and begin in water SCUBA diving spearfishing training.
There will be 3 additional dives over the weekend to ensure proper training and provide additional training if needed
-Basic Scuba Gear-Mask, fin, Snorkel, boots, BC, Reg, Computer & Weight.
-Required Spearfishing Equipment-Speargun, Knife, String, Gloves, Exposure Protection
-Florida Salt Water Fishing License (https://myfwc.com/license/recreational/saltwater-fishing/)
Dates for the Spearfishing Class