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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.
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on July 13, 2014
This is a good book, but for the price I was hoping for more information, and more techniques for things such as breathe-ups. Also, this book was written in the UK, and much of the information is relevant to European waters. If I lived there, I believe it would warrant 4 stars.
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on August 1, 2013
Freediving, spearhunting, seaforaging bible! Written in an understandable way that can be easily referenced later on. Complete guide A-Z. I really enjoyed learning about history of underwater foraging; specifically the people and cultures of the past who relied on our oceans to survive. Excellent color photography as well. I recommend this to anyone, whether your are brand new to the world of freediving or a salty old veteran of the seas. Well done!
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on October 29, 2013
Have enjoyed the content in this book. I gave it 5 stars even though the quality of the book was as if it had been printed on a home ink jet printer. No gloss to protect the pages. The images are blurry due to the ink seepage in the paper fibers. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a how to, but don't expect this book to be near water if you want it to last. Was about $10 USD more than I would of liked to pay, but again. The information provided was worth it.
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on February 3, 2015
Very comprehensive reference for free diving. The spearfishing part is a bit light on. Unfortunately all hunting tips are only related to fish species and creatures found in the UK.
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on March 12, 2014
Nice book. Has only UK fish noted in it though. Good detail for beginners or people interested in free-diving/spearfishing. Good read!
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on February 28, 2015
Given his background and location this was a good effort and well researched. He presents some difficult
concepts in a clear way. He is someone I would consider a dive partner.
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on July 7, 2014
this book contain the basics of freediving and underwater foraging that i've been learning from various sites. i wish i could join the course :)
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on August 11, 2014
Decent book, not so applicable to the florida/caribbean areas. if you live near cold water, it's probably good for you.
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