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?
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.