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Which kind of diving is better for spearing fish -- scuba or free diving?
Each has their devotees and their good and not-so-good points. Free divers claim their sport is the essence of spear fishing and that it is the only way to be stealthy enough to catch some game fish. They are purists who want to pit man (or woman) against fish without any other assistance than a weapon.
Scuba divers like the convenience and the ability to go deeper and farther looking for fish. Either choice can work for beginners. Ask more-experienced spear fishermen which style they prefer and make up your own mind.