South African Freediving and Spearfishing Association (SAFA)

Rules for Claiming a Spearfishing Record : (As amended April 1998)

  1. Only claims of fish speared off the East or West Coast of SA up to 200km offshore will be accepted.
  2. Records shall be for individual performances.
  3. Submissions to be on the official form and sent to the SAFA Records Officer within 90 days.
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  4. A close-up photo of the fish itself, with fins out, and matchbox/can(for scale) is needed.
  5. R10.00 should accompany claims of members affiliated to SAFA and R100.00 for non-affiliates.
  6. No fish less than 1.4kg will be eligible. Provincial laws are applicable.
  7. The weight of the fish to be witnessed specifically by two people who may attach a separate piece of paper to the claim form. The weight of the fish up to 5kg will be taken to the 2nd decimal point.
  8. If the fish is weighed on a scale other than an assized electronic or mechanical scale, the weight shall then be calculated to the nearest lower 0.2kg. An assized electronic or mechanical scale must be used if the weight of the fish is within the following margins of an existing record:
    * 0.4kg for fish up to 22kg
    * 2.2kg for fish 23 to 91kg
    * 4.4kg for fish over 91KG
  9. Any fish wounded by a spearfisherman cannot be reshot and a record claimed on the same day.
  10. No record maybe claimed if the fish was shot while held or hampered by any line or trap and thus prevented from swimming freely.
  11. A spearfisherman may use additional guns provided that it is given to the diver unloaded and no assistance is given to the diver to subdue the fish.
  12. Only once the fish has been subdued and brought to the surface may help be accepted putting the fish aboard a boat and getting it ashore. No gaffs are to be used in fighting the fish.
  13. No auxiliary breathing apparatus other than a snorkel may be used. No power heads, parachutes or boats may be used in fighting the fish. A float not exceeding 68.18kg of floatation may be used.
  14. The diver must be wholly in the water when shooting and may not leave the water for the purpose of fighting the fish.
  15. No claims will be considered in respect of fish shot in any official “Banned to Spearfishing” areas.
  16. The final decision and interpretation of these rules shall be by SAFA.
  17. Claims are to be signed by two witnesses BEFORE being submitted. Claims submitted without the relevant signatures will be returned to the applicant.
  18. On being resubmitted, the 90day limit will be calculated from the date the fish was shot.

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Claims to be sent directly to:

J. Jacobs
SAFA Records Officer
PO BOX 10576
Meerensee
3901

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