These safety rules are intended to minimise the risk of injury or mishap to divers engaged in spearfishing. Divers are encouraged to adopt these rules without exception and to promote them amongst divers who may not be familiar with them. It is the responsibility of all participants to make our sport as safe as possible.
While engaged in spearfishing you should:
Tow a safety coloured float (yellow, orange or red) with an international “code A” flag (signifying diver below) displayed in a vertical position above the float, alternatively a red flag.
Display a “code A” (diver below) flag on your boat.
Attach game to the towed float so that the game is carried away from your body.
Carry a knife that is attached to your body which is readily accessible.
Wear a weight belt fitted with a single hand operated, quick-release buckle.
Never load or carry a loaded speargun out of the water (always load a speargun after entering the water and unload the speargun before seeking to leave the water).
Ensure that spear tips are suitably sheathed or removed while not in use.
Ensure that you are not under the influence of any drugs or medication that may impair your senses, judgment or physical ability.
Stop diving if for any reason you are not feeling well.
Take liquids to ensure that you do not suffer the effects of dehydration.
Avoid hyperventilating before holding your breath.
Always dive with a friend and tell someone where you will be diving and your estimated time
Obtain a current weather report for the time that you will be diving.
Be on the alert for boat traffic and ensure that you are visible to passing vessels.
Be aware of the General Public and do not engage in actions which may endanger them.