About the IUSA
The International Underwater Spearfishing Association (IUSA) was formed in 1950
to promote spearfishing and to assist in scientific and spearfishing competitive
efforts. As part of this task, the IUSA became the certifying body and custodian
of the spearfishing world records. The IUSA has certified several hundred records
for a variety of fish from large bluewater species to smaller fish. Through several
decades of existence, the IUSA has seen diver's skill and technology change from
the Hawaiian slings of the Pinder Brothers to the high-tech equipment and super-powered
spearguns of today's freedivers.
In keeping with the need for change, and through the voluntary efforts of divers
and other individuals who wish to see freediving and spearfishing reach it's highest
possible standards of excellence, the IUSA has recently undergone changes to reflect
the changes occurring in the freediving community.
INTERNATIONAL UNDERWATER SPEARFISHING ASSOCIATION MISSION
The mission of the International Underwater Spearfishing Association is to promote
ethical, safe and sportsmanlike spearfishing practices, to encourage and support
a sense of environmental responsibility among divers, to establish uniform regulations
for the compilation of world spearfishing records, to provide basic spearfishing
guidelines for use in other spearfishing activities, and to participate in educational
and scientific programs.
Towards these ends, the International Underwater Spearfishing Association will:
(a) Promote the highest ethical standards of sportsmanship for spearfishing world
(b) Maintain on-going dialogue with spearfishers all over the world, and consider
the international community in its decision making processes;
(c) Work with the scientific community, fisheries management organizations, fish
and game departments world wide, together with spearfishing clubs around the world,
to increase our knowledge of the environment, as well as to educate and encourage
environmental responsibility among divers and the public;
(d) Accept applications for new world records, carefully evaluate each applicant
fairly based upon uniform standards, and award applicants who have proven beyond
doubt that they have followed these standards and indeed have achieved a new world
(e) Carefully maintain these spearfishing world records and make them available
to the public through the Internet, dive publications, and other media;
(f) Select the annual Fish of the Year.
To fulfill the stated mission of the IUSA, the Board of Directors has been increased
to give a broader, fresher, more updated view of the freediver's world. The current
board members are listed in the board page
The Board was selected to bring a much stronger representation of today's freedivers
and spearfishers. Patterned somewhat after the International Game Fish Association,
the IUSA hopes to establish international representatives as well as create a general
membership to help further freediving and spearfishing.
As part of the reorganization, the Board of Directors had to address the problem
of establishing a new list of world record species along with more current rules
by which a world record fish is to be taken. The IUSA is extremely proud of the
past efforts of divers which have resulted in world records and is dedicated to
protecting those records already established. Due to the changing technology and
the subsequent changing of the rules, the IUSA has constructed a system by which
all future and past world record holders will benefit.
The old rules governing spearfishing world records ended at midnight PST on December
31, 1996. Spearfishing world records established under these rules are designated
as 20th Century records and will stand forever. The new spearfishing world record
rules took effect at 12:01 PST on January 1, 1997. World records established under
these new rules are designated as 21st Century records and are the records which
divers can attempt to attain.. Also with the new rules is a list of fish which are
ineligible for consideration as world records.
It is hoped that the IUSA will motivate freedivers to participate not only in a
world record attempt, but also in
the selective and honorable sport of spearfishing