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    Diving and spearfishing in South Africa

    ISBN: 9781431701018
    Format: paperback
    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.
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    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.
    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.
    Products specifications
    ISBN13 9781431701018
    Contributor van Rooyen, Piet
    Language English
    Format paperback
    Imprint Struik Travel & Heritage
    Publisher Struik Nature
    Publication Date 2012-10-01
    Short Description Diving and spearfishing in South Africa van Rooyen, Piet 9781431701018
    Author Biography Piet van Rooyen is professor in Political and Administrative Studies at the University of Namibia in Windhoek. He has a PhD in Development Studies and qualifications in nature conservation and conservation planning. He has been an avid diver and spearfisher for the past 25 years and captains the Namibian national spearfishing team.
    Review "Diving and Spearfishing in South Africa" by Piet Van Rooyen is the second edition of the book which was the definitive guide when it was first published in 1988. Updated and more complete, this edition has full color photos of many of the fish and fishermen and women. This edition very importantly stresses the practices needed for sustainability of sport fishing in South Africa, where the Atlantic Ocean on the west coast has icy cold temperatures and the Indian ocean on the east coast is temperate, thus providing the visitor and sea sports enthusiasts the largest arrays of marine species. An expert himself, Rooyen details everything from equipment, techniques, training, safety, boat handling, hazards, emergencies, attacks, restrictions, protective methods, as well as how to dive and how to spearfish. The book is interesting to peruse even if you never intend to participate in the sport...I gained a huge appreciation for all that goes into any marine endeavor, whether as sport or as a job.