Spearguns may cause injury or death if used carelessly or improperly. Please make sure you read the safety instructions at all times. PERSISTENT shall not be liable for any damage, whether direct or indirect, resulting from the use of products sold in or by this site.
The Persistent Team makes it a point to promote safety while spear fishing. You should always dive with a “buddy”. Try to find a buddy that has similar abilities and is aware of another’s limitations.
Although spearfishing is a solitary sport, you should have a short conversation before the two of you begin your hunt. Also, you should discuss who will be leading the hunt so the leader decides your direction; preventing from being unsafely hundreds of yards away from one another. It is critical to be close if there is an emergency. Go over hand signals to insure you are able to communicate clearly. If your partner is fatigued then abort your dive.
One major risk while freediving is a blackout, which comes on quickly with little or no warning. A blackout is a loss of consciousness due to lack of oxygen. Blackouts are likely to occur during an ascent; 25 to 16 feet below the surface. Although it is common for blackouts to occur within thirty seconds after a diver has surfaced, the diver may signal they are fine, but suddenly blackout. Again, be aware of how quickly a blackout can occur and remember to properly weight for neutral buoyancy at 30 feet to increase the chance you float to the surface. Floating to the surface will increase your chance for survival. It is important to rest at the surface twice as long as your dive. Don’t fall into a false sense of security because you have a buddy. Dive within your limits at all times. Most importantly, should a blackout, loss of motor control, or feelings of euphoria occur stop diving for the day.
Remember, be a sportsman! Allow the angler closest to the game to take the shot. Spear guns can be dangerous; always keep your guns pointed away from your partner. Have your dive flag visible so fellow boaters are aware that you have divers in the water and stay away from boat traffic.
When involved in a rescue be prepared and stay calm. If you are in the water ditch your weight belt. We suggest every diver take a class to learn how to rescue another in distress. It is imperative that each diver knows CPR and is mentally prepared for the worst. If everyone is safe you will have fun and enjoy your spear fishing day!
Safety tips on loading your new speargun
1. Always load your gun underwater and point away from other divers.
2. You can practice by pulling the rubber to see how far back the notches are. To prevent accident, remove the shaft.
3. Place the butt of the gun high up to your chest as much as possible for easier pull of the rubber.
4. It’s more comfortable to load the gun using proper spearfishing wetsuit with pad.
Steps for loading your speargun
1. Make sure you get in the water when loading. Never load a gun outside of the water or near people. With your left hand, get a good grip on the gun’s handle while you prepare to load.
2. Reach for the right rubber band with your right hand while pushing with your left hand.
3. Securely place the gun handle against your chest with your left hand, keeping a straight right arm.
4. Release the gun handle and then use your left hand to grab the left rubber band. Now you are using both hands to pull the rubber bands.
5. Pull the rubber bands to the notch on the spear with your arms while using your chest to push.
6. Once the cable is clicked to the notch, you are ready to fire!
If you are struggling with loading the gun, you may need to use longer rubbers. Start with the longer rubbers and when you get comfortable, you can go back to the shorter ones. Keep in mind that the rubber bands that came with your speargun are for optimum performance so changing them will alter its power and accuracy.
1. After you use your speargun or polespear, make sure to always rinse them in freshwater.
2. Keep your speargun in a secure place out of reach of children.
3. Do not disable the safety lock permanently or make modifications to your speargun’s operation.
4. Keep your speargun or polespear in a dry cool storage. It is recommended that rubber bands be stored in a sealed plastic bag and then place in a refrigerator if circumstances would allow.
5. Apply oil to the speargun shafts periodically to protect them from rust.
Safe Spearfishing Tips
1. Be aware. Watch out for boat traffic. Make sure you are seen when floating on the surface.
2. Don’t hyperventilate as this can result to the loss of carbon dioxide from the blood.
3. Be up to date with the weather report for your diving time.
4. Respect others’ safety; never load speargun out of the water or where there are people near.
5. Never dive alone. Always take a buddy with you.
6. Be cautious and always use your divers-down flag.
7. Carry a knife with you in case of entanglement or for protection.
8. Carry a whistle and a reflective signal mirror in the event of an emergency.