South Africa has over 2500km of spectacular coastline washed by the icy rollers of the Atlantic Ocean in the west and the temperate waters of the Indian Ocean along the eastern seaboard. This provides the country with a vast undersea wilderness and a staggering array of marine species that attract divers and spearfishers from around the world. In this wide-ranging book, veteran spearfisher Piet van Rooyen provides an extensive overview of all there is to learn about diving and spearfishing. Knowing when to dive, what equipment to use, which spearfishing and deep-diving techniques are most effective, and how to avoid the hazards of the sport – from shark attacks to diving and boating accidents – is essential knowledge for any underwater adventurer. Fitness training, prolonged breath-holding, boat handling and safety guidelines are also discussed. Especially important in promoting sustainability, regulations and protective measures, species size restrictions and bag limits are covered in detail. Twenty-two major fish species are profiled, and prime diving and spearfishing destinations in South Africa (Western Cape, southern Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal) and further afield (Mozambique, Namibia, Angola, Zimbabwe, Bassas da India, Madagascar, Reunion) are given for help in planning where to go. Regarded as the definitive text on the subject when it was first published in 1988, this new edition of Diving and Spearfishing in South Africa will appeal to spearfishers, scuba divers and anglers.