Jul 09

Freediving Secret Spots- Why You Can’t Dive Here

Recently, on the north coast of California:

Overly aggressive out-of-area diver: “You ain’t been posting about this spot on the internet have you?” (Said after pulling into the turnout at top speed in a cloud of dust, window down in anticipation of confrontation.)

Still dripping local diver: “excuse me?”

“This is my spot and I don’t want everybody and their brother knowing about it”


“Really? Really dude. I’ve been diving here since I was 12 years old, since I was old enough to follow my dad down the hill. So that’s 15 years of diving in “your” spot, which is probably longer than you’ve been missing those teeth in your mouth. Probably longer than you’ve had that dive flag sticker stuck to the back of your truck. I see from your plate frames you’re not from around here. I am, and this guy coming up the hill behind me is too. He also happens to be my brother and since there’s two of us and one of you, looks it’s our spot, don’t it?” *

*Content edited for profanity.

Care to dive secluded spots? Don’t be this guy:

He finally found that secret spot, the one that will score him the biggest fish, the biggest ab, the spot that has the most abundant undisturbed wildlife. It’s the guaranteed-when-its-rough-everywhere-else cove and has the depth he needs to train. Obviously he’s the only one who knows about it because he’s never seen anyone there and he hasn’t read about it on Spearboard. He’s not going to tell anyone about it, and he’ll protect it like a soccer mom hovering over her entitled kid. He’s going to claim this bit of water for himself. He’s… too late.

Someone else knows about it: If someone told him, they also told someone else. If he told his buddy, his buddy told someone else. “Don’t tell anyone else” is code for, “You’ve gotta hear about this.”

He “found” it: So did I. I have Google Earth too.

Maybe he’s never seen anyone there. Ever seen a million dollars? A skinny cop? A saola? (It exists, look it up.) Hell, I was there this morning.

In the privatized world we live in there are too many of us with too few areas to get out and enjoy a day of diving without occasionally sharing our spot. Confrontation only breeds resentment so try and keep these guidelines in mind when it comes to your local diving area:

  • Respect gets respect. Never come off as the ruler of the reef when you don’t know who you’re talking to.
  • If someone told you in confidence, don’t disrespect them by bringing a whole crew.
  • Most of us learn of these epic locales from a member of the sport with seniority; keep them in mind when it’s time to divvy up the catch. And pass it on to a youth when you’re ready.
  • It’s a small community. We all appreciate little hints now and then and are more likely to return the favor to those who have been kind to us. If you’ve found out about a great spot and are a jerk about it chances are that will be the last one you hear about.
  • If your spot is for hunting, keep the health of the area in mind when harvesting. The spot will last longer than you and the next generation will appreciate it.

See you in your secret spot!

1 comment

  1. Ashley Chapman

    Played both sides of that coin in the past. Well said, Jake.

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