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Old 06-14-2016, 10:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Has grown up on boats, loves to fish. Know all the rules and regs, is dying to get in the water with them....anyone recommend a settup? Basically swimming around a long rock pier, with me watching every move. Pole spear?
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Has grown up on boats, loves to fish. Know all the rules and regs, is dying to get in the water with them....anyone recommend a settup? Basically swimming around a long rock pier, with me watching every move. Pole spear?
Many thanks

My first piece of advice is that he gets scuba certified ASAP. I say this because even if he has absolutely no interest in ever diving in his life there are skills, a little science and most importantly certain situations that he will be able to experience from even the most basic open water course in the relaxed and laid back atmosphere of a warm, clear, swimming pool, with no current, no viz issues, having proper buoyancy that is dialed in and trimmed out all while under the supervision of a DM .

Tossing a kid into the water with a mask, fins, a 3mm shorty, some lead and a speargun in begging for disaster. little problems can begin to compound very very quickly out there and I would also never let a 14 year old do any freediving in open water without a snorkel vest of some kind, preferabbly one with a oral inflator as well as a co2 cartridge at the very leas, t and at that point why not just make it a BC and rent a tank.

Things can get sideways in a hurry up here. Is there any reason he shouldn'tbe out there with the boys stoning stripers?

absolutely not! imo he could of been out there two years ago, but theres a certain respect and mindset that you learn to develop that needs to start in a controlled environment like a pool so that way when he does become cold, wet, sandy, and exhausted from a full day of spearing, and he starts cramping up trying to fight the current to get back in, and next thing he knows he loses his mask or swallows a nice mouthful of of the sea, hes already had the (very limited) training that teaches him how to take a breath, relax, inflate his BC, relax again and slowly start making his way out of the tidal zone while on his back without letting panic and fear overcome him.
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Thank you very much for this advice. Looking at SCUBA lessons this spring. We did do a little spearing on a local shallow pier this past fall. He never squeezed a shot but saw me get a nice blackfish. Investigating all options to learn before descending. Thank you.
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B: Some dive shops have or have access to heated,indoor pools,they offer classes all year around. take the course now and do a spring open water cert. dive. Some shops also have a layaway program,and most will let you try any piece of gear they sell in a pool setting. You can find the gear you are most comfortable with.

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As a certified diver, I'm gonna +1 what citation said.

There's a lot of info on the Web you can Google. good and bad.
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Brad where are you guys located? I have some quality gear I would love to pass down if hes still interested.
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Thanks for reaching out citation04. I sent you a pm. He is still interested!
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