“When you’re in the water freediving, nothing else exists but the present,” explains Pamela.
“The simple fact of just living the moment, being in the now, and to feel yourself, your entire body, your entire being, and to be conscious of that.”
“It’s the purest form of being of feeling, of living,” she continues.
“It’s the opportunity to get to know yourself, to feel your heart, to listen to your pulse while at the same time holding out knowing that it’s just a sensation.”
Pamela, of course, is Pamela Castellanos, one of our cherished and highly talented guides at Spearfishing Today. Recently, Pamela successfully completed her certification as a PADIfreedive instructor (insert applause).
As part of the activities held today as part of PADI Women’s Dive Day 2017, held in celebration of International Women’s Day, we asked Pamela to share her thoughts about the art of freediving and how it changed her life.
The result is a love letter to the sport of freediving.
“That’s why it’s called fishing and not catching” is a saying so very true, but we don’t really like to hear it. This week in Cozumel, it was one of those days… weird winds, weird currents, difficult fishing. Let me tell you more about this weeks Spearfishing Adventure I had in Cozumel; the last dive did it all.
We fish for food. Not just to kill a fish. So when we decide to spear a fish in Cozumel it will be for consumption only. This Friday the currents were strange around the island. Some of our spots had currents in the other direction as normal. Other spots had double the current as usual. While the wind was playing around all day: there was wind, no wind, strong wind, no wind. A full day of Spearfishing in Cozumel, all ingredients for a challenging adventure. Now, we’ve been spearfishing for quite some years now, so we became a bit picky on the fish for Friday night dinner, haha. We decided (to make the day even more complicated) to hunt just for Grouper and Snapper today. VIEW THE FULL STORY
Spearfishing Adventure in Cozumel. The Last Dive…. was last modified: February 9th, 2017 by Leo | Founder & Guide
This morning the SpearfishingToday team had breakfast together and we spoke about writing a couple of words for you about choosing the right spearfishing charter; how to select the spearfishing charter that is good for you. “Hey, you are much more expensive than other fishing charters I found in your area,” is a question I get by email once and a while. It might not look easy choosing the right spearfishing charters, but actually it is…
In spearfishing land there are professional charters, cheap spearfishing charters and so called cowboys. Professional charters are safe, operate within the law and have thorough knowledge about the local area they service. Spearfishing cowboys on the contrary say they caught big fish yesterday and they will take you to the same place, just throw you in the water and if something goes wrong, you are on your own!
Joe Don and I go back years. We met on the island of Cozumel. I met his family. He met mine.
This May he came back and with a mission; impressing Mrs JD with fresh fish for dinner. The adventure is on.
It was a slow trip. Fishes stayed deep and were not getting close. What to do….? High pressure. We hate coming back without fish. We decided to go a spot we did earlier this morning. We saw fish there and we might get lucky now.
Before I knew it, JD went down as he saw “dinner for two”. Without hesitation he shot the Triggerfish. Four hours of hunting, four hours of patience and it happened literally in the last minute of the trip.
Joe Don, we are proud of you!!!!!!!
A true hunter you are.
Leo & Anibal
Cozumel Spearfishing Adventure was last modified: December 4th, 2014 by Leo | Founder & Guide
The ocean is amazing. It is never ever the same. Different temperature, different current, different color, different visibility, and so different spearfishing every day.
In general, we assume that when it is more cloudy, big Grouper might be out in the open during the day. When murky water hits clear blue water, Mackerel might be around. Snappers love strong currents.
Cozumel was calm today with strange currents and strange visibility. But it was a unique day with dear friends going out together. Of course, we had hoped for that one trophy fish. Among friends you want to impress each other; we men are like that. It became a Triggerfish fiesta. Some easy at 15 ft waiting for one of us. Some at 70ft hiding in stealth mode.
From the heart I can say, spearfishing brought us together; amigos para siempre.
This picture is one for on the wall!
Spearfishing Cozumel Triggerfish Fiesta was last modified: February 9th, 2017 by Leo | Founder & Guide
Get special promotions, coupon codes and spearfishing tips from the pro's and be the first to hear about our new video releases! No spam, we promise. Emails are only sent once a month, so your inbox will not be filled up. So sign up today!