3. You’ll see some of the coolest sights on the planet
The best locations for spearfishing also happen to be some of the most interesting: kelp forests, rock gardens, coral reefs, mangrove islands, and offshore structures like shipwrecks, jetties, and buoys. Spearfishing allows for an up close and personal view of these habitats, which most people rarely get to see. “My main draw to spearfishing is independence,” Healey says. “The independence of not only being in an environment that man has never tamed, but also to be a part of it. Even if I come in empty-handed, there’s never a day that goes by in the water that I don’t learn something.”
4. It’s damn good for you
Let’s not forget the intense physical workout that spearfishing delivers. Diving underwater and swimming for hundreds of meters at a time, then wrestling fish to the surface, delivers ridiculous levels of anaerobic, interval, and cardiovascular endurance that can burn thousands of calories. “Growing up in Fiji for parts of my childhood, there was no talk of catching waves -- only fish -- and that became my ‘ultimate thrill’ very early on,” says nomadic big-wave surfer and adventurer Aamion Goodwin. “Spearfishing forces you to expand your lungs while slowing your body’s movements so you can have time in the deep to search out your prey. [So] you actually try to think about absolutely nothing -- to slow your heart rate down by relaxing.” What better way to exercise than combining zen chillness and fish murder?
So what are you waiting for? Armed with this knowledge, a little can-do spirit, and a good spear gun, you could be ticking off one of the world’s best bucket-list activities this weekend. Jump on in -- the water’s fine!