We all love new gear.
Like any sport, freediving and spearfishing require an initial investment in gear, especially when diving in cold water.
It is important to be prepared and have high-quality gear.
Check out our recommendations below.
With water temps maxing out at 50 in the summer and dipping down into the high 30s in the winter, a thick, well-fitting wetsuit is a must!
Open Cell are warmer and more flexible for a given thickness rating than closed cell, though more expensive and much more fragile.
02. Neoprene Gloves & Booties
Neoprene gloves & booties are a must when diving in Alaska.
But don’t go too thick or you’ll lose dexterity in your hands and your feet will get sloppy in your fins.
03. Mask & Snorkel
Choose long bladed fins. You may have to go up a size to make sure they fit over your 3mm-5mm neoprene socks.
There is no one-size-fits-all calculation for how much weight you might need.
06. Freediving Watch
Almost as important as a dive buddy, having a freediving watch will help keep you from doing anything foolish.
07. Spear Gun
Ideally you would have an all-around gun to chase rockfish around the reef but also have the ability to land a king salmon or halibut.
08. Buoy & Float Line
Diving with a buoy is a good safety practice in high traffic areas, and having one connected to your gun can help you land that monster halibut.
You’ll need something to carry your gear and a way to warm up after your dive.
DISCLAIMER: Freediving and spearfishing can be dangerous endeavors that may lead to permanent injury or death.
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