Spearfishing is an incredibly community driven sport. There’s nothing worse than being passionate and excited about a new sport or hobby, and having no one to share it with. But don’t worry. I can guarantee that there will be a Spearfishing Community out there for you! Joining Spearfishing communities is a great way to get introduced to the sport by meeting up with other divers in your area and across the country, and learning from their experiences. Within the UK we’re very lucky to have an abundance of clubs and communities all keen to welcome new members and show them the ropes. Here, i’ll list the communities i know of, both or official and unofficial nature below:
British Spearfishing Association (BSA):
The BSA is a civil non-profit organisation focused on bringing together Spearfishermen/women from all over the country. As well as this, it give Spearos a united platform in times of need in fishery disputes for example. The association runs regular events through the season, both of competitive and social natures. On the social side, the BSA runs what it calls ‘Fun Dives’ and ‘Try Dives’. These events give Spearos who want to learn some tips, or just to meet other divers the chance to do so. This is particularly useful for divers just starting out! If you’re the kind of diver who’s always looking to beat your buddy, then you may want to check out the BSA National Championship. This is the competitive side of Spearfishing, and is without a doubt the best way to meet some of the best Spearos around. By joining the BSA you are also covered by third party liability insurance in excess of up to £2,000,000 Worldwide except North America. Membership details and places of where to find the BSA can be found below:
UK Spearfishing Buddies (UKSB):
UKSB is a Facebook based Spearfishing Community with over 3000 members. It is the largest social media group for Spearos in the UK and is the first stop for many looking to get into the sport. This community is very active with multiple posts/discussions daily. Here you will find Spearos of all skill levels, all of which love spearfishing and are eager to help! Here you’ll be able to ask as many questions as you want and you’ll soon get the answer you need. You’ll also easily be able to find other divers in your area here, so don’t worry if you’re getting in to this on your own! This group is completely free to join, so search for it on Facebook and get involved!
London International Club (LIC)
The LIC was established in 1999 by a group of Spearos based in and around the London area. The LIC is the largest single Spearfishing Club in the UK. The main purposes of the LIC are to bring together Spearos within the London area, organise social dives, organise international Spearfishing trips, and organise club social events. The LIC also host the LIC Pairs competition at Portland Bill each year. If this sounds like a club you’d be interested in joining, check out their Facebook page below: