A Beginner’s Guide to Spearfishing

 

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Spearfishing
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Christopher Dabney recently graduated with a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Florida. Away form his studies and internships, Christopher Dabney enjoys spearfishing.

Spearfishing is a form of hunting humans have been practicing for thousands of years. Cave paintings, ancient texts, and critical archaeological dig sites all point to spearfishing as a sport, art, and means of obtaining sustenance well before the dawn of recorded history.

Today, the practice has gained popularity and attraction as an exhilarating sport. As such, it’s important for beginners to understand a few facts about how best to prepare for a spearfishing expedition.

First, make sure to obtain all the appropriate fishing licensure from you state and county officials. Regulations and seasons vary from state to state, so be sure to check up on the particularities of your state’s regulatory statutes. Secondly, the speargun itself. It’s advisable for beginners to curb the temptation to purchase the biggest and most powerful speargun and start spearfishing with a smaller, more controllable speargun. And finally, a wetsuit and some swimming and snorkeling gear is essential. Spearfishers spend much their sport in water, which can quickly lead to hypothermia or other conditions without properly insulated gear.

Essential Spearfishing Equipment

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Spearfishing Equipment
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A former infantry team leader for the United States Marine Corps, Christopher Dabney is a senior finance major at the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business Administration. In his free time, Christopher Dabney enjoys staying active through a variety of sports, including spearfishing.

Unlike regular fishing, spearfishing is a much more interactive experience that brings spearfishers up close and personal to they fish they are trying to catch. There are several essential items that spearfishers need, including the following:

Wetsuit. Spearfishing involves being in the water, so a wetsuit is essential for keeping spearfishers warm. Wearing a wetsuit also protects against certain dangers found in the ocean, such as jellyfish, spiny fish, and abrasive reefs.

Speargun or polespear. Most spearfishers fire their spears rather than throwing them. There are two types of trigger mechanisms that fishers can choose from: pneumatic and rubber band systems. As a simpler option, spearfishers may prefer using a polespear rather than a speargun.

Weight belt. Staying underwater can be difficult given the buoyancy of both the body and many wetsuits, so a weight belt is often needed to neutralize any natural buoyancy. Weight belts are also a great place for tying a fish stringer to hold the catch.

Origins of the University of Florida’s Rugby Program

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University of Florida, Rugby Program
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United States Marine Corps veteran Christopher Dabney is a senior at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Christopher Dabney also plays rugby with the U.F. Men’s Rugby Club.

The University of Florida’s rugby program was established in 1969. The team was initially part of the intramural sports department, founded by a pair of Australian students who were bored with the school’s cricket team.

Rugby caught on quickly thanks to notices in the “Alligator” and participation from fraternities on campus. Within a couple of months, 20 or 30 men were ready to play real games.

A couple of New Zealanders had similar ideas at the University of Georgia in Athens. They brought their new team down to play against the Gators, but were horrified when they arrived and found hundreds of cars parked on the field. The cars, which belonged to football spectators, were moved, but the people stayed to watch the rugby game. These spectators loved it, and a new University of Florida tradition was born.

Important Safety Tips for Skiers and Snowboarders

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Safety Tips
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Christopher Dabney, a former infantry rifleman and team leader in the United States Marine Corps, has spent time as an analyst intern and credit analyst intern with the Marine International Petroleum Company, Inc., and Ameris Bank, respectively. Beyond his activities as an analyst, Christopher Dabney enjoys playing rugby and skiing.

There are a number of practices and behaviors that skiers and snowboarders can use to minimize the risk of injury or collision with other riders. Many accidents on the trail can be avoided simply by respecting the right-of-way of other riders. Skiers and snowboarders further down the mountain always have the right-of-way, and it is the responsibility of oncoming riders to maintain a safe distance.

Despite having the right-of-way, riders progressing down the mountain should never stop in the middle of a trail or in any place where they jeopardize the safety of other riders. It is each individual’s duty to maintain control of speed and direction, but riders cannot always plan for another person suddenly appearing in the middle of the field. Similarly, when merging onto a new trail or when first beginning a descent, riders should take stock of their surroundings and the activities of any nearby riders.

Finally, riders should look out for one another whenever they can safely do so. For example, if another rider’s ski pole or snowboard is falling down the mountain, riders should attempt to stop the runaway piece of equipment. This is not only helpful but can also prevent the equipment from hurting someone further down the hill. Riders should only make such an attempt with their own devices rather than with their body.