Tweed Gold Coast Freedivers is a spearfishing club affiliated with the Australian Underwater Federation – Queensland (AUFQ).
The club values responsible and safe diving and sustainable and selective fishing.
The Tweed Gold Coast Freediving Club holds regular spearfishing competitions around the Tweed Heads area and also various locations throughout South East Queensland.
Spearfishing social meetings are held at the Palm Beach Currumbin Sports Club on the first Thursday each month at 7:00 pm QLD time.
Meetings are open to anyone that wants to come along and find out more about what the club and AUF have to offer.
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Spearfishing, an ancient practice that combines the art of hunting with the thrill of freediving, is a cornerstone of the Tweed Gold Coast Freedivers. Members are not mere spectators of the ocean's bounty; they immerse themselves in its depths, forging a connection with nature that few experience.
Club members are stewards of the ocean. The sport fosters an intimate understanding of marine ecosystems and the importance of conservation. As they explore the reefs and their understanding of marine life, they become advocates for sustainable practices, ensuring the oceans thrive for generations to come.
The following guidelines can help you enjoy the thrill of spearfishing while ensuring the safety of yourself and others and contributing to the protection and conservation of our precious marine environments. Remember, responsible spearfishing is a reflection of our commitment to the oceans we love and depend upon.
1. Safety First:
Always dive with a buddy. Never engage in spearfishing alone.
Prioritize safety gear, including a quality mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit, weight belt, and appropriate weight distribution.
Familiarize yourself with local marine conditions, tides, currents, and weather forecasts before entering the water.
Ensure proper training and practice before attempting deep dives or hunting larger species.
Carry a dive flag or buoy to signal your presence to boats.
2. Respect Marine Life:
Adhere to legal size limits, catch limits, and seasonal closures for each species.
Avoid targeting undersized or juvenile fish. These individuals contribute to the future of marine populations.
Use appropriate spearfishing techniques to minimize damage to the environment.
Respect protected marine areas and adhere to their regulations.
3. Conservation Practices:
Participate in underwater clean-up efforts to remove debris and fishing gear.
Promote ethical hunting by targeting invasive species that harm local ecosystems.
Advocate for sustainable fishing practices and marine conservation in your community.
Support organizations and initiatives focused on marine preservation.
4. Responsible Hunting:
Choose your targets wisely, focusing on species that are abundant and within legal limits.
Aim for a clean and accurate shot to minimize unnecessary suffering.
Dispatch captured fish quickly and humanely to reduce stress and trauma.
5. Care for Your Catch:
Treat harvested fish with respect. Bleed and gut them as soon as possible to maintain quality.
Avoid waste by using the entire fish for consumption, sharing, or donation.
Do not leave fish or debris behind in the water. Dispose of waste properly onshore.
6. Share Knowledge:
Educate yourself and others about local marine life, regulations, and conservation efforts.
Mentor newcomers, emphasizing responsible practices and marine conservation awareness.
7. Leave No Trace:
Minimize your impact on marine environments. Avoid touching, standing on, or damaging corals and other sensitive habitats.
Dispose of trash properly and leave the diving site cleaner than you found it.
8. Engage in Continuous Learning:
Stay informed about the latest spearfishing techniques, equipment, and safety practices.
Attend workshops and courses to enhance your skills and understanding of marine ecosystems.
Having regard to ‘best practice’ in respect of risk management and safety, the Club has moved from a purely individual format to a pairs format. The new changes align the Rules with pairs competitions being held Nationally as well as the Queensland State Titles, Western Australia and New Zealand, along with the Inter-Pacific Championships (the pre-eminent international event for Australian divers).
Having the right equipment whilst spearfishing is not only important for comfort and functionality but also plays an important safety role. Critical spearfishing gear includes mask, snorkel, wetsuit, weight belt, fins, gloves and socks.
The FishSmart app created by NSW DPI, provides recreational fishers with 24/7 access to essential information they need to know to fish in NSW such as a pictorial guide of common recreational species, bag & size limits, closed seasons and fishing gear rules!
The app also provides a real-time map to locate your nearest FADs, artificial reefs, spearfishing zones, Recreational Fishing Havens and show where Marine Park zones are.
You can also quickly find your local weather, tide, moon phase and barometric pressure to help choose best time to fish and record your fish your very own catch log!
Use the app to contact DPI for reporting illegal fishing, fish kills, pest species as well as to contact local Fisheries Offices and pay your recreational fishing licence fee.
Spearfishing in NSW is a popular form of recreational fishing and has been recognised for its selective fishing practices. Spearfishers in NSW are required to pay the NSW recreational fishing fee.
Please note: All inland waters are closed to spearfishing as well as various areas along the coast. For further information please visit the spearfishing closures page or view the recreational spearfishing primefact. For any enquirers relating to spearfishing safety and education in public areas please visit the spearfishing safety education action plan. For other enquiries about restrictions, contact at your local NSW DPI Fisheries office or phone 1300 550 474.
The same rules and regulations regarding bag and size limits apply to spearfishers, including the following:
The Australian Underwater Federation (AUF) is a representative body that operates from the national to the local level.
The AUF as an organization provides rules for spearfishing competitions, record keeping, codes of conduct and importantly, representation to government and other community groups.
The AUF promotes spearfishing as being
SAFE SUSTAINABLE SELECTIVE SEAFOOD
AUFQ provides a unified voice to represent the interests of spearfishers in Queensland, liaise with members, spearfishing clubs and other spearfishers and assist in organizing state spearfishing competitions.
Spear Safe is a national initiative to improve safety for Australian spearfishers. The initiative involves some of Australia’s top divers and attempts to bring together a cohesive view on safety issues involved with spear-fishing.
Spear Safe has the potential to save lives and greatly reduce the number of injuries and fatalities occurring all over Australia associated with spearfishing. read more>