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Want to get into spearfishing and diving

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Don't have any experience free diving, scuba diving, or spearfishing. Would really appreciate tips and tricks and best gear to buy.
 

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Don't have any experience free diving, scuba diving, or spearfishing.
Free Diving: Take a freediving course with a certified free diving instructor

Scuba Diving: Definitely take a scuba diving course, don't even think about being in the water on scuba without taking a scuba course from a competent internationally certified instructor who holds a current scuba instructor certifications from an international scuba diver training agency.

Spearfishing: Go through the two steps above, or one of them, and then take a spearfishing course with an instructor.

Would really appreciate tips and tricks and best gear to buy

Do the above and that will be your starting point. You are in Florida, that's like the capital city for diving in the US, you won't have any problem finding competent instructors there, the problem will be deciding which instructor to go with.
 

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Free Diving: Take a freediving course with a certified free diving instructor

Scuba Diving: Definitely take a scuba diving course, don't even think about being in the water on scuba without taking a scuba course from a competent internationally certified instructor who holds a current scuba instructor certifications from an international scuba diver training agency.

Spearfishing: Go through the two steps above, or one of them, and then take a spearfishing course with an instructor.



Do the above and that will be your starting point. You are in Florida, that's like the capital city for diving in the US, you won't have any problem finding competent instructors there, the problem will be deciding which instructor to go with.
Thank you!
 

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For spearfishing, doing a lot of snorkelling, ideally with a diver down buoy and floatline, would be good preparation before adding the complication of speargun.

The Florida Freedivers stage 1 course sounds good. Might save your life.

Although it may at first seem that SCUBA and spearfishing have a lot in common, they are quite different pursuits in many ways. Although some of the gear could be used for both, normally the gear is specialized these days and entirely different e.g. different masks, fins, wetsuits, dive knives, etc.
 

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You've gotten some sound advice thus far. I'd like to add that there is a lot of information on this forum. Search and browse by topic or keyword and you'll learn a ton.

Welcome to the forums, btw.
 

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You've gotten some sound advice thus far. I'd like to add that there is a lot of information on this forum. Search and browse by topic or keyword and you'll learn a ton.

Welcome to the forums, btw.
And to add to BatRays advice, sometimes browse the forums from the oldest threads first. There are many gems hidden at 'spearfishing technique's 45th page' and the like.
 
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