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Excellent resource for freediving in general
on September 22, 2013
I bought this book primarily as a reference for freediving-- I don't spear, and am a freshwater diver.
The book is divided into 2 primary sections: One on freediving, including history, the second on spear fishing and salt water foraging, including specific fish species, specific plant species, and some information on preparation and cooking.
The first section is a reasonably thorough reference to the practice of freediving-- functional, clear and concise information on the enitre process from gear to breathup to entry to recovery. There are useful sections on exercises and meditations to promote longer and more comfortable dives. Everything is well written and well illustrated. It is, however, a little light on specific methods for assisting a samba or black out, but there's certainly enough there to help ensure safe dives. (When it comes to specific safety methods and protocols, a live class is really the best choice.)
While I don't spear, I still found the second half of the book, which is specific to salt water spear fishing, to be a very interesting read.
Much of the text emphasizes a philosophy of sustainable living, not just in spearfishing, but in all things.
This is a fun book on a lot of levels beyond the technical aspects of freediving and spearing, which makes the book interesting, not to mention pretty, even to non-divers.