10 Things Every Newbie Should Know About Spearfishing in Mexico

Are you thinking about going spearfishing in Mexico?

Check out our Spearfishing Mexico facts and learn these ten things you should definitely know about spearfishing in Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Tulum, Isla Mujeres, Cancun or Holbox!

Spearfishing is a sport that is still either not very well known or misunderstood.

For some, it’s a predatory practice that harms the oceans and hence the environment.

In reality, like in any sport, there are people and companies whose practices are questionable to say the least.

What it is and what it isn’t largely depends on the ethics and practices of the particular spearfisher or business.

Let’s look at some of the most important facts regarding spearfishing in Mexico.

Spearfishing Mexico Facts

Different rules and regulations exist around the world regarding spearfishing.

For instance, some places don’t require a permit while others do but allow you to scuba dive.

In Mexico, spearfishing is a strictly regulated sport.

Here’s what you need to know, starting out with the basics.

#1 What is spearfishing?

For those of you unfamiliar with this underwater sport, spearfishing involves the use of spearguns or pole spears. Divers submerge into the depths of oceans, rivers, and lakes in an attempt to catch a fish by shooting them with the pole spear or spreargun. While some spearfishers use scuba diving tanks to practice the sport, most use a technique called freediving during their submersion.

#2 Is spearfishing a new sport?

No. In fact, it’s one of the most ancient forms of fishing. Communities from all over the world devised rudimentary poles in order to try to catch their aquatic food. Over time, as technology developed and equipment improved, spearfishing went from just being a fishing practice to becoming a full-fledged sport.

#3 Is spearfishing bad for the oceanS?

No, not at all. In fact, spearfishing is probably the most sustainable form of fishing that exists. Why? No nets are used, we produce no by-catch by selectively choosing our prey, and there is no mass removal of fish from the ocean.

#4 Do you need a permit to spearfish in Mexico?

Yes, you do. There are certain spearfishing regulations in Mexico, one of which is the need for each spearfished to have a permit. However, when you go spearfishing in Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Holbox, Cancun, Isla Mujeres or Tulum, at Spearfishing Today we take care of all the paperwork and fees.

#5 Is it legal to spearfish with scuba tanks in Mexico?

No, absolutely not. In addition, air-powered spearguns and the use of powerheads are both strictly prohibited in Mexico and violation of these regulations can lead to steep fines and even imprisonment.

#6 What do I need to look for in a good speardiving operation?

First and foremost, make sure that when finding the speardiving company or person you are looking to join is officially licensed to practice the sport and act as a guide. As with anything, safety is the number one priority and you definitely don’t want to go with anyone who doesn’t have the proper certification and training. Second, read the reviews on TripAdvisor to get a feel for level and quality of service. Finally, reach out and ask questions. If you feel comfortable that all your questions have been answered and feel comfortable with the company, then by all means go for and speareth!

#7 Do I already need to know how to spearfish?

No at all. For instance, at Spearfishing Today we have different options according to your level of expertise and how deep you can freedive. Are you a newbie? Then we’ll first go through the basics and practice at shallower spots before heading on to try out something more difficult. Moreover, all our guides are freediving certified (PADI, FII, SSI) and have years of experience.

#8 Can I shoot anything I want?

Of course not. Certain species are in danger of extinction, others play a vital role in the health of the coral reefs. Likewise, sometimes species such as grouper or lobster are under temporary bans during certain times of the year. Before getting into the water with Spearfishing Today, your guide will explain what you can and cannot shoot and once underwater will give you the signal whether you can hunt a fish or not.

#9 Is spearfishing dangerous?

Not if practiced in a safe and responsible manner, which is why the previous points are so important. We always practice the buddy system when spearfishing, meaning you are being watched at all times during the activity by a fellow spearfisher. Moreover, the Spearfishing Today guides are trained to respond in the event of an emergency, the most common but highly infrequent of which is blacking out before making it back up to the surface. In that sense, it’s important to know your body and know your own limits. When in doubt, consult your physician and, of course, always obey the guide’s instructions.

#10 What happens to the fish after I catch it?

Our policy is clear: you eat what you catch. All fish that we spear on our excursions will be consumed either by you or, if for some reason you don’t want the fish, by the guides, captains, and their families. While spearfishing is a sport, it’s one where respect for the oceans and the food it provides is monumental. As such, our slogan at Spearfishing Today is “From Sea to Table” and it’s one we honor religiously.

About Spearfishing Today

At Spearfishing Today, we’re dedicated to implementing best practices that are sustainable, protect the oceans, and ensure the best possible quality for our customers.

We have almost ten years of experience providing spearfishing excursions in Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Tulum, Isla Mujeres and even Holbox.

Our guides are passionate about their work and have a heartfelt dedication to providing the absolute best customer service you will find anywhere.

We are happy to work with you to schedule the perfect itinerary so that you can experience the thrill and beauty of spearfishing in the mesmerizing clear, blue waters of the Caribbean Sea.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a spearfishing beginner or a seasoned pro, we promise you’ll enjoy one of the best underwater experiences in your life.


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