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NSP:108 Duncan Henderson Geeking out on Spearguns

NSP:108 Duncan Henderson Geeking out on Spearguns

Interview with Duncan Henderson

Big chat with final year, mechanical engineering student Duncan Henderson who has spent way too long geeking out on spearguns – you’ll see what I mean. We chat shaft length, diameter preferences, rubber diameter (the force triangle) along with common speargun issues. Duncan also relives three terrible poo stories and a memorable Yellowtail Kingfish. Enjoy!

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Duncan Henderson Yellowtail Kingfish spearfishingLinks Mentioned

Important Times

04:35 Duncan Henderson Intro and Welcome

10:00 A memorable Yellowtail Kingfish off Castlepoint, New Zealand

29:00 Veterans Vault

    • Band Diameter (14mm vs 20mm), what is better and why?
    • How much load can a speargun mechanism take?
    • Shaft diameter and length. What combinations/rules of thumb are important?
    • Common issues to look out for when purchasing a speargun

Noob Spearo Partners + some spearfishing discounts

Immersion Online freediving classes @ www.onlineclasses.ImmersionFreediving.com
  • 28-day Freediving Transformation. Want to increase your bottom time? Want to lower your comfortable operating depth?  Want to increase your breath hold? In 4 weeks you can transform your physiology to improve your performance as a freediver.  Learn the proven strategies competitive freedivers use to strengthen their performance.
  • Equalization Masterclass.  If you are freediver who struggles to equalize your ears in the 15-30 ft range this course is the answer. 14 videos discuss every equalizing problem and coach you through the difficulty. Say goodbye to Valsalva and hello to Frenzal and make equalizing easy.
  • Tuesday Ted Talks Freediving. 19 one hour live Instagram episodes where I discuss a variety of freediving topics and answer peoples question live on Instagram.
  • Free online courses – How to take a 20-30% bigger breath and how to make the mammalian dive reflex work for you. www.FreedivingSafety.com – Free online safety resource.
  • View all of Ted’s online freediving classes @ www.onlineclasses.ImmersionFreediving.com
The road to 40 meters

The road to 40 meters

The road to 40 meters 

By Sven Franklin

Since I started freediving and spearfishing I have always watched the videos of people diving deep in awe. Like a form of hypnotism, there was something about it that really drew me in.

At the time of writing this article I have been diving for exactly 2.5 years. When I started I hit the ground running and had lots of passion and enthusiasm, matched with very little skill and know how. If you were to ask the guys at Club Spearfish about me when I first started, they wouldn’t hesitate to tell you that I struggled to dive to 3 meters, and hold my breath for longer than 15 seconds. At the time I would leave comments on youtube videos and pm peoples instagrams, just to ask them how they learnt to dive so deep, and how long it took them to get there.

Like most of the newer generation I wanted all these skills yesterday and unfortunately I didn’t get any proper responses or knowledge passed down. So I felt it was only right to help and tell my story, for those who wish to learn to dive deeper.

This is how in the span of one year I went from being a 10 meter diver, to being able to effortlessly dive to 38 meters.

Before I continue, I highly urge people to do a freediving course. To help learn proper basic techniques such as the correct way to prepare for a dive, finning, equalisation, as well as what hyperventilation really is, and the science and reasons behind why people suffer from shallow water black outs and LMC’s.

I went to school

The real start to diving deeper than 10 meters (33 feet) was to go and learn from one of the best in the industry, Lucas Handley who owns and runs The Underwater Academy. Not only is Lucas a really approachable teacher, he’s also extremely knowledgeable in everything freediving and spearfishing and lets his skills do the talking.

After doing my Aida level 2 course and getting to 20 meters (66 feet), I then took my new found knowledge and skills and applied them to train for two different trips to the remote Komodo Islands of Indonesia.

The first trip was for my Aida 3 and to learn to dive to 30 meters (98 feet), and then the second was to do my Aida 4 to hit 38 meters (124 feet).

The thing I found myself geeking out on the most, was the science behind everything. What triggers your Mammalian dive reflex/response, What is happening to your body as you start to dive deeper, and what risks you encounter such as Dalton’s law when surfacing.

Having all this knowledge helped set aside any fears or doubts that I had, as it turned things like the “magical reflex humans have” into a more detailed and defined reason.

Training for depth 

Unfortunately training for depth in Victoria isn’t easy. A mixture of cold waters (reaching as low as 9 degrees in winter) meaning you are sometimes diving in a 7mm suit, having really bad vis, or just needing a boat to get out to the places that have depth (which also hold a lot of current too).

Although it doesn’t completely replicate what your body goes through at depth, I find pool training is the next best thing. I would organise regular pool seasons with my mates, with about 2 a week.

Lots of different exercises to keep things interesting, from co2 tables, games of cat and mouse, or even swimming 25 meters and doing hangs at the other end.

This saw a huge improvement in all of us training and before you knew it I could do 100m dynamics effortlessly.

(Everyone who was doing the pool training had done a freediving course prior, and knew proper pre dive techniques, recovery breathing, and buddy rescuing and protocol).

If you don’t have access to a pool in your area, or are limited to dive buddies, you can also do dry training such as apnea walks, or dry static tables).

Outside of the pool I would set aside 15-20 minutes every other day to stretch out my body from head to toe, as well as in the lead up to diving past 30 meters doing some advanced diaphragm and lung stretches. (These advanced stretches should be shown to you by an instructor as even on dry land you can do serious damage to your lungs).

 

Listen to your body and don’t push it

Free diving is about self awareness and never about the numbers. When diving deep there are many serious risks involved, like sinus squeeze, perforated ear drums, or even lung barotrauma. All of this can be avoided by listening to your body, and not rushing to get the numbers.

The pressures and changes your body is experiencing at depth is very taxing and at the start will often leave you both mentally and physically exhausted after just a few deep dives.

When I first dove to 30 meters I eagerly thought to myself I could easily go deeper. Fast forward a few months with more advanced training, and after I dove to 38 meters I was wrecked. The atmospheric pressure on my body from diving 8 meters deeper was something I wouldn’t have thought of, and my body needed time to adjust. Safe to say if a few months prior I had eagerly gone deeper as part of me wanted to, I could have potentially done some damage.

You have to allow your body time to adjust to the depth, as well as improving new skills such as a new way to equalise past 30 meters. This doesn’t mean weeks and days, but months and sometimes years. Remember the depths of the ocean will always be there, so best to explore them when your body is ready for it.

The big secret to diving deeper and a longer breath hold

I remember always wondering what the big secret was to diving deep and a longer breath hold. And while some things play their part like proper technique, the big secret is simply relaxation.

Despite being taught this in my Aida 2, it really took a while before it sunk in and I understood it. Relaxation is many things, from relaxing your muscles from head to toe and making sure no muscle is using up energy when its not needed (the neck and back in particular). The other is relaxation of the mind and being able to control your thoughts, like giving your mind certain tasks to help keep it from wondering and thinking negative thoughts. The more you dive and train, the more you will find yourself (in a safe manner of course) becoming more comfortable with the symptoms of co2, which in turn will help you relax more as you have a deeper understanding that what you are feeling is normal and natural.

The biggest way I find myself to be more relaxed while out spearfishing, especially at depth is to have a dive buddy who not only do I communicate with clearly by letting him know what my plan is on my dive, how deep and how long I think I am going down for, But also someone who has put my safety first by doing a freediving course themselves. Knowing your buddy can spot the first signs anything goes wrong, and (touch wood I hope it never happens) rescue me if I were to have a shallow water black out when coming to the surface, or even an LMC whilst on the surface.

 

My final take on learning to dive deeper

The road to 40 meters is a lot of fun and I have made some great friends along the way. If I could go back and tell myself anything at all about diving deep, it would be that I would get there eventually, and the path I took was the right one for myself.

I’ve always thought that if I could freedive to “x” depth, then I could comfortably spear 10m shallower and I personally find this to be spot on, as I am now extremely comfortable being able to hunt at 30m.

My next trip to do some depth is coming up in November, and at the start of the year I was planning on reaching 50 meters, but after everything I have learned, especially from my last trip. I know I will be happy even if I only add on an extra 2 meters depth, as I know my body will need time to adapt, plus the depths of the ocean will always be there.

If I have missed over anything you would like to know about, feel free to contact me on my social media @svenjamin_franklin on instagram and I will be more than happy to answer any of your questions the best that I can.

Also if your in the Sydney, Melbourne or Perth area and want to follow a similar path then check out https://www.theunderwateracademy.com/ or on their instagram account @theunderwateracademy

NSP:106 Daniel Mann | GoPro Settings for Spearfishing + Editing Tips

NSP:106 Daniel Mann | GoPro Settings for Spearfishing + Editing Tips

GoPro Settings for Spearfishing

BIG chat with YouTube Spearfishing superstar Daniel Mann:) This episode is a huge deep dive into making spearfishing videos with GoPros.We chat the most effective settings to pump into your GoPro, editing system and thought process including which programs you can use. Sprinkled throughout this chat is a tonne of tips and value for the aspiring film-maker. Below are important time event stamps as well as products, videos and other resources shared in this chat. Enjoy! and cheers to Dan for the 2 hour effort and edit!

GoPro Settings for Spearfishing Time Stamps

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1:00 PAL Settings | Frame Rates | USA Standard Settings NTSC vs PAL

Preferences > Region > PAL

24:00 Resolution 2.7K vs 4K vs every other option (2.7K won)

28:30 Frame Rates 50 FPS

32:40 Field of View | Linear vs Wide | Linear

34:30 Auto Stabilization On | HyperSmooth

Lowlight OFF

38:30 Protune ON

39:20 Shutter | AUTO

41:05 EV COMP | 0 or -.5 in good light conditions

43:45 White Balance | NATIVE

45:50 ISO Min and Max Values 100 and 400 respectively

46:20 Sharp | Medium or Low (Sharpen in Post)

48:20 COLOR | GoPro

50:00 RAW Audio | Mics | PT Settings leave off, Auto

53:00 EDITING FILMS

  • Creating a proxy version in a lower resolution version and when you export the file it creates an edited version in the desired (higher) resolution.

56:00 Video Editing Software OPTIONS

  • Adobe Premier Pro
  • DaVinci Resolve
  • Sony Vegas Pro
  • Final Cut Pro
  • AVID
  • MoVavi

62:30 the other Applications Dan Uses

65:00 Toilet Break/Off on a Tangent

71:10 Dan’s Editing Setup and System. Editing Drive aka Scratch Disc

92:00 Fast Tips for GoPro

https://www.instagram.com/p/BzaLG1ijbKWq_YlcKPhm5mVnLpNVWMHE3Zm_mk0/

LINKS MENTIONED

  • Full VIDEO interview here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IK1Zj7PoMDA
  • Accessories for GoPro Video Guide https://youtu.be/skwzD2akvWQ
  • Daniel’s Cod Video in Denmark https://youtu.be/O3Rnam7n-qQ
  • Nick Fry YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmiSIMW0lgfcMMcKvYOdklQ
  • Daniel Mann on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/daniel___mann/
  • Young Bloods YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/brodiemoss
  • Submerged Psychos https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm1W4n4f_ED3QWOK0TIO2Dg
  • SpearHeads TV https://www.youtube.com/user/spearheadstv
  • Richard Leonard Interview https://www.noobspearo.com/noob-spearo-podcast/nsp003-richard-snoek-leonard/
  • Darren Shields Interview https://www.noobspearo.com/noob-spearo-podcast/darren-shields/
  • Michael Takach and Jessie Cripps Interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53zwEDTOrpY
  • Justin Lee Interview https://youtu.be/xWiSGPegn6w
  • Daniel Manns GoPro Headstrap Setup Video https://youtu.be/UF6g5O33rZI

EQUIPMENT MENTIONED (Amazon Affiliate Links)

  • Daniel Mann’s Panasonic VLOG Camera https://amzn.to/2XgWNT6
  • Highly DJI Portable Drone https://amzn.to/2LussJW
  • Ninepin Wetsuits https://ninepinwetsuits.com.au/
  • Grants Guide to Fishes http://www.grantsguidetofishes.com/

Noob Spearo Partners + some spearfishing discounts

Immersion Online freediving classes @ www.onlineclasses.ImmersionFreediving.com
  • 28-day Freediving Transformation. Want to increase your bottom time? Want to lower your comfortable operating depth?  Want to increase your breath hold? In 4 weeks you can transform your physiology to improve your performance as a freediver.  Learn the proven strategies competitive freedivers use to strengthen their performance.
  • Equalization Masterclass.  If you are freediver who struggles to equalize your ears in the 15-30 ft range this course is the answer. 14 videos discuss every equalizing problem and coach you through the difficulty. Say goodbye to Valsalva and hello to Frenzal and make equalizing easy.
  • Tuesday Ted Talks Freediving. 19 one hour live Instagram episodes where I discuss a variety of freediving topics and answer peoples question live on Instagram.
  • Free online courses – How to take a 20-30% bigger breath and how to make the mammalian dive reflex work for you. www.FreedivingSafety.com – Free online safety resource.
  • View all of Ted’s online freediving classes @ www.onlineclasses.ImmersionFreediving.com
NSP:102 Boating Reconnaissance for Spearfishing  (Interview Q&A)

NSP:102 Boating Reconnaissance for Spearfishing (Interview Q&A)

Interview with Trevor Ketchion

How to find spearfishing locations by boat

This is a Q&A with veteran spearo Trevor Ketchion focusing on boating reconnaissance for spearfishing. Finding your own unique fishy locations to mark on your GPS is something every spearo with a boat wants to do. Hammering the same old spots is not a smart strategy as you don’t catch as many fish or develop skills to find fish for yourself. If you are ready to learn some new skills then tune in and listen to Trevor lay out some actionable tips:)

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Links Mentioned

6:00 Why you should find your own locations to spear fish.

7:20 How to start start planning your own reconnaissance missions

  • Using a sounder
  • Positioning a sounder
  • Coordinating boat with current, wind and structure beneath
  • Finding ground worth exploring
  • Search patterns

28:30 Good apps, books and websites for finding new locations

  • RipCharts, Navionics
  • Use surfing or kitesurfing weather and condition apps. WindyTV
  • BOM, WillyWeather, SeaBreeze for weather

32:00 How to store, keep and label fishing marks

35:00 How to learn to understand charts

44:40 Surface Temperature. Is it worth tracking and how do you do it?

48:00 Lot’s of Noob Spearo Community Questions covering recong, spearguns, rollers vs conventional and more

Noob Spearo Partners + some spearfishing discounts

Immersion Online freediving classes @ www.onlineclasses.ImmersionFreediving.com
  • 28-day Freediving Transformation. Want to increase your bottom time? Want to lower your comfortable operating depth?  Want to increase your breath hold? In 4 weeks you can transform your physiology to improve your performance as a freediver.  Learn the proven strategies competitive freedivers use to strengthen their performance.
  • Equalization Masterclass.  If you are freediver who struggles to equalize your ears in the 15-30 ft range this course is the answer. 14 videos discuss every equalizing problem and coach you through the difficulty. Say goodbye to Valsalva and hello to Frenzal and make equalizing easy.
  • Tuesday Ted Talks Freediving. 19 one hour live Instagram episodes where I discuss a variety of freediving topics and answer peoples question live on Instagram.
  • Free online courses – How to take a 20-30% bigger breath and how to make the mammalian dive reflex work for you. www.FreedivingSafety.com – Free online safety resource.
  • View all of Ted’s online freediving classes @ www.onlineclasses.ImmersionFreediving.com
NSP:099 Tim Kavermann How Spearfishing Can Help You Overcome Anxiety

NSP:099 Tim Kavermann How Spearfishing Can Help You Overcome Anxiety

Interview with Tim Kavermann

Have you ever been stuck, frozen for a few seconds (which felt like hours), paralyzed and unable to take action? This is one example of heightened anxiety that I can relate to and maybe it’s you too. The good news is that Tim Kavermann joins me in this episode to share techniques and strategies to deal with anxiety. This interview is candid, eye-opening and my personal fav, highly actionable. Listen and subscribe!

Tim Kavermann How Spearfishing Can Help You Overcome Anxiety

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Things mentioned on the show

 


Time Stamps

5:45 Tim introduction and background. Early dive experiences

11:50 Early lessons and takeaways

18:00 Early equipment | buying a beginner kit and upgrading

23:30 Mentors, Dive buddies and Facebook group chats

29:45 Early Obstacles | seasickness and boat diving

 

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2019 off to a good start 🤙great day at Cuvier Island

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33:00 Best experience spearfishing

42:30 Favourite species to hunt spearfishing and how to hunt them effectively | Snapper

47:00 Veterans Vault | How Spearfishing Can Help You Overcome Anxiety


Spearfishing can be a huge trigger for fear and anxiety.

However, Tim believes that the situations he has encountered while spearfishing have been the key to learning and understanding anxiety triggers and then developing and employing strategies and techniques to overcome it. His idea is not to avoid discomfort but to embrace it and try to use the situations as opportunities to heal, grow and overcome anxiety. Here are a few of the key ideas and points;

GET COMFORTABLE WITH THE UNCOMFORTABLE

  • Accept anxiety, learn from it and if needed get help to take its power away
  • Don’t fight it, sit with it and learn to move forward anyway
  • Learn breathing techniques to relax on the surface and reduce fear and anxiety
  • Being in stressful situations can help you overcome long standing beliefs
  • Relaxing in situations that most people (even those who don’t have anxiety) would panic in
  • Turn fear into curiosity – sharks/current/rough seas. Ground yourself in the moment by paying attention to the details.
  • Fight or flight – there is no flight out at sea.
  • Prepare to not be prepared
  • Relax and enjoy – surface intervals-  find what works for you.
  • Speak up about that things that deeply affect you – but it falls on you to make change
  • Get help when you need it from a professional

Studies show that Turmeric or Curcumin has an antidepressant like effect and can improve mental health.

If it helps control depression and anxiety even a small amount, it’s worth sharing! This article has information about research on the relationship between Turmeric and Depression.

70:50 Dive Watch Conversation

74:25 Spearo Q&A

Could you describe what the spearfishing experience means to you in one sentence?

  • It has given me deep confidence within myself and shown me what I am truly capable of mentally and physically.

What is the single best piece of advice you have ever been given for spearfishing?

  • Slow down and take your time, dive within your limits

Who has been the most influential person or people in your spearfishing?

  • My friends, these are guys who’ve been diving a very long time, and took the time to share their passion with me.

If you could go back in time to when you were just starting spearfishing and give yourself some advice, what would you say?

  • Stop overthinking it  – stop trying to control everything and every situation, roll with it.

During your 1 years spearfishing what is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?

  • To be comfortable in situations that are well outside my comfort zone

What current challenges do you face in your spearfishing and how are you approaching them?

  • The biggest one is still the anxious tendancy to overthink, overplan, get panicked. Rather than let it take hold of the day I now learned tools to deal with it.
    – Breathing techniques
  • Mindfulness
  • Take a break and reset
  • Move spots
  • Meds for seasickness
  • Don’t spend a week planning
  • SLOW DOWN

Who is the best person to go spearfishing with and why?

  • My good mates! I feel calmer with them, I know they have my back, the take the time to teach me new things, then know the good places to get in the water 😉 most of all we all share the same passion and a common goal – could possible touch here on the business we are setting up.

What would be your fish of a lifetime?

6 monts ago I jsut wanted a huge snapper of kingi, I had set my comfort zone at what I was doing here in NZ – After cuvier and being in the big open sea in a more exposed environtment I really want to go further a field – ultimate fish for me would be a big doggy, they just look like they would put up one hell of a fight (i say this now but in the moment I would be peaking out!) haha id also really like a mahi mahi I think they look awesome and I ate one in raro once, it was amazing.

What is the spearfishing destination that you would most like to go to?

Next I would like to go to Raro I think this would be a good step into some difference species and diving. Id also really like to go to Bali to do the deep week free diving course. Id also like to go to the Three Kings.

Find @timkavermann on Instagram here

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Noob Spearo Partners + some spearfishing discounts

Immersion Online freediving classes @ www.onlineclasses.ImmersionFreediving.com
  • 28-day Freediving Transformation. Want to increase your bottom time? Want to lower your comfortable operating depth?  Want to increase your breath hold? In 4 weeks you can transform your physiology to improve your performance as a freediver.  Learn the proven strategies competitive freedivers use to strengthen their performance.
  • Make you equalization problems a thing of the past.  If you are freediver who struggles to equalize your ears in the 15-30 ft range this course is the answer. I’ve taught over 500 people to equalize for freediving via my  one on one Skype sessions. I’ve taken that method and turning in into an online course with over 14 videos discussing every equalization problem I’ve ever encountered.
  • Tuesday Ted Talks Freediving. 19 one hour live Instagram episodes where I discuss a variety of freediving topics and answer peoples question live on Instagram.
  • Free online courses – How to take a 20-30 bigger breath and  learn how to make the mammalian dive reflex work for you. www.FreedivingSafety.com – Free online safety resource.
  • View all of Ted’s online freediving classes @ www.onlineclasses.ImmersionFreediving.com  (* That link has your affiliate linked underneath it *)

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NSP:096 Ted Harty | Return of the Jedi + Freedive Safety Course

NSP:096 Ted Harty | Return of the Jedi + Freedive Safety Course

Interview with Ted Harty | Freedivesafety.com Launch

Duckdiving tips, a dive day fatigue elimination hack and 3 compelling reasons to dive with a buddy!

As usual this chat with Ted is packed with insights and tips to improve your spearfishing. Today is also the launch of freedivingsafety.com which is a FREE freedive safety course for spearos that you get rewarded for completing! If you complete the course, you will get an email chock-full of equipment and merchandise discount codes and some freebies.

The video training and example blackout is essential viewing for every spearo. Listen in!

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3:30 freedivingsafety.com Launch. A free freediving safety course with instructional videos, blackout video example and a quiz. If you complete the course and quiz, you will get an email with a whole bunch of discount codes for spearfishing equipment, merchandise and even 10 Tips to Become a Better Spearo PDF for free.

10:00 Bulletproof Buddy Protocol | How to actually stick with your buddy in the water. Check out Ted Hartys first interview here.

16:45 3 Compelling Reasons to Dive with a Buddy

24:30 Taking new guys out. Staying quiet and getting your duckdive right

32:05 Working on one facet of your spearfishing at a time

35:00 Equalizing Course | Roadmap to Frenzal technique and going beyond 30ft/10m

  • discount code to save 20%: NOOBSPEAROTED#2

42:35 Take a 23-30% Bigger Breath | FREE Video Course – take more fuel to the bottom!

44:00 Reduce Fatigue and make your lady happy EVEN after a full day diving – take Endurox (find it on Amazon here)

Ted swears that Endurox reduces dive day fatigue and allow him to enjoy his evening after 100’s of dives.

Endurox Post Dive Fatigue Fighter

Ted Harty is one of the most influential spearfishing and freediving educators on the planet and last year he received a special award for his efforts. With the $2000 prize money he has built this free freediving safety course! Spread the word:)

Blue Wild 2018 Ted Harty receiving an award for promoting safe diving. Freediving Safety Course

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