Just Starting Spearfishing? Comprehensive Guide Right Here!

Just Starting Spearfishing? Comprehensive Guide Right Here!

Get Started Spearfishing Guide

Improve Your Spearfishing Skills with our blog and podcast

If you want to;

  • Improve breath-hold
  • Learn spearfishing hunting techniques
  • Research better techniques for everything from finning to using burley (chum)
  • Have a go at using a GoPro for the first time or learn about underwater photography
  • Make improvements to your freediving techniques
  • Overcome common (and not so common) obstacles
  • Prepare better for your next big trip

Then this Get Started Spearfishing Guide might be exactly what you are looking for.

This post contains links to many of our getting started spearfishing guide’s, articles, interviews and more. This guide is updated periodically so it might be a good idea to bookmark it.

Ultimate Guides

Spearfishing Tips and Wisdom

Ciguatera Poisoning and Spearfishing

Crocs, Sharks and other scary stuff

Caring for your catch + Fish Recipes for the aspiring spearo chef

Caring for your Catch. Spearfishing

Spearfishing Competitions. Strategy, tips and more

 Spearfishing World Records

Book Reviews

Miscellaneous

Our Spearfishing Adventures

 

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NSP:142 SV Delos Sailing and Spearing | Brian and Karin Trautman

NSP:142 SV Delos Sailing and Spearing | Brian and Karin Trautman

Interview with Brian & Karin Trautman

Brian and Karin Trautman have been sailing and spearing their way around the world on their 53-foot yacht SV Delos for 10 years. They are inspiring, intelligent and passionate people, caring about the environment and giving back to the communities that welcome them. Their YouTube channel is #2 in the sailing world, has over 595k subscribers and 7 million monthly views. In this interview (mostly with Brian due to Karin being on family duty with their daughter SIerra;) we chat all about what it’s like living off a sailboat, the art of sailing and spearfishing remote locations! Listen in!

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SV Delos sail boat. Sailing and spearing with Brian Trautman

SV Delos sail boat

Important Times

04:00 Introduction to Brian Trautman and a bit about SV Delos and how it all started

08:00 Characteristics and Abilities required to sail full-time

11:00 The last 12 months on SV Delos

21:00 Sailing Seasons

25:30 Spearfishing Remote Locations

37:00 Running the YouTube channel

50:25 Funny Stories from SV Delos

59:30 Quick catch-up with Karin

Links Mentioned

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Brian and the giant lobster. Sailing and Spearing

Brian and the giant lobster

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NSP:141 Spearo Kids | Max, Ben and Don (Dad)

NSP:141 Spearo Kids | Max, Ben and Don (Dad)

Interview with the NZ Spearo Kids (and their Dad)

Very cool chat with Max (10), Ben (12) and their Dad Don about spearfishing in the South Island, New Zealand. We chat equipment issues such as loading spearguns, getting cold and choosing the right gear and helping them to slow down. This interview was a joy to record as these guys froth on spearing! Listen in and subscribe on iOS or Android https://link.chtbl.com/Download_This_Episode

NSP:141 Spearo Kids | Max, Ben and Don (Dad)

Important Times

02:00 Max, Ben and Donald introductions and how they got started spearfishing. Early obstacles and issues and how they overcame them.

12:20 Fish ID and how to get ahead

NSP:141 Spearo Kids | Max, Ben and Don (Dad)

Iki Jime the pumpkin – practicing spearfishing technique on dry-land, Genius!

14:10 Ben’s Proudest Catch | Big Blue Moki

18:45 Spearguns for Kids | Setup for easy loading

21:00 Wetsuits for Kids

NSP:141 Spearo Kids | Max, Ben and Don (Dad)

Gearing up!

27:00 Advice for Noobs

32:40 The experience of teaching your kids to spear fish

37:15 Filleting Fish | Discussion around learning

40:00 Spearo Kids NZ Facebook Page

NSP:141 Spearo Kids | Max, Ben and Don (Dad)

 

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Eric Allard Was Right ‘Getting Left Behind at Sea is the Worst’

Eric Allard Was Right ‘Getting Left Behind at Sea is the Worst’

Getting Left Behind At Sea

Good day Shrek!  I’m a Noobie to the podcast from South Georgia, USA!!  I have thoroughly enjoyed your channel since finding it several months ago!  Brilliant, funny and very helpful content!!  Keep up the good work!

I agree with Eric……getting left behind is the worst!!! (listen in to the lost at sea segment below)

It’s happened to me on my own boat! I was adrift with my buddy off of Cudjo Key in Florida last year for several hours!! It started out a beautiful day! No current and no wind and no clouds!  However that changed in the afternoon. Wind, clouds and current seem to appear out of nowhere. Our boat driver quickly lost sight of us and due to the winds and seas picking up, could not see or hear us!! We were just off the reef which is about 3km from shore and quickly being pulled further out!! We started swimming to a light house structure on the reef with our guns, floats and fish! I knew we would not starve as mother ocean had provided for us that day, but nonetheless it was frightening wondering if we would be able to make it in the current to the lighthouse structure on the reef for safety.

Craig Seadog Getting Lost at Sea while Spearfishing

This pic from Craig Seadog illustrates how easy it is to get separated from the boat

After swimming for about two hours and not making much progress, I finally saw a boat heading in our direction. I put the fish stringer on the end of my gun and waved it in the air as high as possible and fortunately they saw us and came to us. Once on board, I was able to call my boat which was about 7 miles from our original location. The day ended well but the pucker factor was real!!!🤣🤣🤣🤣.

I grew up on the water and looking back at that day I realize I made several mistakes.

Number one: I had gotten too comfortable and not prepared from a safety standpoint for getting separated from the boat.

Number two: In hindsight, I had a person on the boat that wasn’t experienced enough to pay attention to wind and current to know which way we would have drifted.

Since that day I have prepped for safety better. I found a company out of Canada that make a personal locator beacon. This is a great little device and you can wear it on your weight belt. There’s no monthly fees and you change the battery every couple of years! Now I keep four of these devices on my boat and every Diver gets one for the day. I’m not sure if this company has services in Africa but it is worth looking into if you could pass it along to Eric! I will be purchasing some of the inflatable floats like this one (aka Safety Sausage) or this Neptonics Safety Signal Inflatable Float you mentioned.

Neptonics Safety Sausage. Neptonics Inflatable Safety Signal Float

Neptonics Safety Sausage. Neptonics Inflatable Safety Signal Float

Thank you for all of the helpful information on your podcast!  I’ve been scuba diving since I was 10 but I have only been free diving for two years,  I’m 50 and I can’t believe I’ve been missing this stuff!!

 – Scott Rowell

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NSP:140 Southern Great Barrier Reef Spearfishing Charter Debrief

NSP:140 Southern Great Barrier Reef Spearfishing Charter Debrief

 

The Bunker Group Charter Debrief

This is a huge multi-spearo interview recorded throughout our 5 day Southern Great Barrier Reef Spearfishing Charter. We chat lessons learned, highlights, effective techniques, finding fish, etiquette, pretty much the whole box and dice. Listen in if you are interested in doing a multi-day spearfishing charter of your own!

Southern Great Barrier Reef Spearfishing Charter

This is a huge multi-spearo interview recorded throughout our 5 day Southern Great Barrier Reef Spearfishing Charter. https://link.chtbl.com/pK3PoOCd

Important Times

02:00 Onboard with Wayne Judge post stabbing, pre-RACQ Life Flight

Wayne Judge Spearfishing Stab Strike

Wayne Judge Spearfishing Stab Strike

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08:15 Off to the second self stabbing victim, Joel for an interview

Joel Spearfishing Cut from Dive Knife

Joel Spearfishing Cut from Dive Knife

10:40 Up on top of the Eastern Voyager just prior to RACQ Life Flight liftoff

Wayne Judge Spearfishing Stabbing

Waynes Wound

13:20 Interview with Joel about Trip Highlights

Joel Flint Spearfishing Southern Great Barrier Reef

Joel Flint Spearfishing Southern Great Barrier Reef. Left Coral Trout, Right, Parrot Fish

16:50 Strick from Back to Basics

Back to Basics Adventures Spearfishing Southern Great Barrier Reef

Back to Basics Adventures Spearfishing Southern Great Barrier Reef. From left; Strick, Az, Anzac

19:10 Takeaways with Michael

20:30 Takeaways with Taylah

Tim Neilsen Left, Taylor Slattery Right. Spearfishing Charter Southern Great Barrier Reef

Tim Neilsen Left, Taylor Slattery Right. Spearfishing Charter Southern Great Barrier Reef.

24:40 Chat with Chris and Ged. What is the daily routine on a spearfishing charter

35:00 Yarn with Nate

36:00 Informal Onboard Competition

  • Most Meritorious: Spotted Morwong: Joel
  • Biggest Trout: 4.9kg Coral Trout: Ryan
  • Biggest Mangrove Jack: Marcel
  • Biggest Spanish Mackerel: 21.9kg: Wayne
  • Biggest Blackspot Tuskfish: Jack

38:25 About the Bunker Island, Eastern Voyager Spearfishing Charter Trips https://spearfishing.com.au/pages/spearfishing-trips

45:00 Interview with Anzac, Strick and Az

64:00 Catch-up with Jeremy and Nate

Southern Great Barrier Reef Spearfishing Catch

Vacuum Packed Fresh Fillets

 

75:20 Trip insights with Marcel and Ryan

93:00 Post Trip Catch-up with Wayne Judge (4 months on)

101:00 Post Trip Catch-up with Taylor Slattery

Southern Great Barrier Reef Spearfishing Catch

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NSP:139 Strick and Az | Getting Back to Basics

NSP:139 Strick and Az | Getting Back to Basics

Interview with Jack ‘Strick’ Strickland and Aaron ‘Az’ Gallagher

Getting Back to Basics!

I finally got a chance to hang out with the lads from the North! Strick and Az were invited along for the Bunker Group charter in the Southern Great Barrier Reef along with me and a few others on the Eastern Voyager. This interview was recorded live after a few days diving and I had a ball. In this interview we chat spearing with crocs, blackouts, hunting techniques along with plenty of banter. Listen in!

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NSP:139 Strick and Az | Getting Back to Basics Adventures

The B2B Boys Frothing on Spearfishing! Jack ‘Strick’ (far left) and Aaron ‘Az’ (far right)

Important Times

03:45 Hello and welcome to Strick & Az

5:00 How did it all start? Spearfishing Origins and the Bromance

10:00 Reelgun Convo

12:45 Az Blackout Story | VIDEO BELOW – ‘EXHALE’ the Back to Basics Spearfishing Blackout Video

24:30 Hunting Techniques | Spearfishing Blackspot Tuskfish with Az

29:00 Hunting Techniques | Spearfishing Green Jobfish with Strick

35:20 VETERANS VAULT | Transferable Skills from Line (Pole) Fishing to Spearfishing and Vice Versa

NSP:139 Strick and Az | Getting Back to Basics Adventures

54:27 Scary Moments | Spearfishing with Salt Water Crocodiles with Az | Bull Shark Rush with Strick

66:00 Kava Convo

67:47 How did Back to Basics Adventures Start?

73:40 Best Dive Day Preparation in terms of food, supplements and sleep

76:30 Funny Moments out Spearfishing

78:30 What’s in your spearfishing dive bag?

82:50 Spearo Q&A

  • Dream Spearfishing Destination
  • Bucket List Fish
  • Who has been the most influential person/people in your spearfishing journey?
  • What does the spearfishing experience mean to you?

NSP:139 Strick and Az | Getting Back to Basics Adventures

Connect with Strick and Az from Back to Basics Adventures

Yarns with Az and Taz

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Canada Spearfishing Clubs Directory

Canada Spearfishing Clubs Directory

  • Name of Club: FREEDIVE ALBERTA
  • Location: Edmonton, Alberta
  • Contact details: [email protected]
  • Size: currently 2 members
  • Summary of club activity: contact the club through Facebook on the FREEDIVE ALBERTA group page or through email  [email protected] Club is free to join, and events would include organized dive trips, group meetings, etc… ultimately looking to create a platform from which fellow free divers can connect and find dive buddy’s and training partners to expand the community in my local area!

Your spearfishing club not listed?

Spearfishing Club Connections is continuously updated AND……..we need your help to make this a reliable resource!  If you are part of a spearfishing club that is NOT listed, please fill in your club details in the form below.

If you can’t find a spearfishing club or group, email me [email protected] and join the Noob Spearo Community on Facebook to find spearfishing buddies

Please include;

  • Name of club:
  • Location:
  • Contact details:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram etc
  • Size: (how many active members?)
  • Summary of club activity: (4-5 sentences or <)

Email [email protected] if your spearfishing club is not listed or you can’t find a club in your area!

NSP:138 Tim Neilsen Adreno Founder

NSP:138 Tim Neilsen Adreno Founder

Interview with Tim Neilsen

Finally after more than 100 episodes partnership with Adreno, I interview the Founder, Tim Neilsen! Tim is a former Australian spearfishing champion with tonnes of ideas about everything from his own personal spearing rig to how a spearfishing retail store should serve their customers. Listen in and subscribe on iOS or Android https://link.chtbl.com/Download_This_Episode

NSP:138 Tim Neilsen Adreno Founder

Tim Neilsen with Footballer Trout

Important Times

4:00 Tim Neilsen Introduction

12:00 Winning the Australian National Spearfishing Titles in Tasmania

17:00 Stopping Smoking

20:30 Most Memorable Fish | Yellowfin Tuna 89kg & a Tongan Sailfish

25:00 Reels on Speargun Conversation

41:00 Shaft Overhang | The Neilsen 500

NSP:138 Tim Neilsen Adreno Founder

Left Rob Torelli, Right Tim Neilsen with his 89kg Yellowfin Tuna taken spearfishing on Ascension Island

46:40 Tim’s Rigline Setup

60:00 Scary Moment | Boat Near Miss

64:00 Spearo Q&A

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Hike and Spear UK Day 8 | Wet Mammal Adventure

Hike and Spear UK Day 8 | Wet Mammal Adventure

Day 8 | Hike and Spear UK

Waking up by natural light was awesome and i went to check my pollack frame trap I was pleased to find a crab big enough for the pot. make the call to move on to another good spot i know which would benefit more from the excellent conditions. I said i would only travel a few miles but much like Forest Gump when i get going i cant stop. I shoot passed my intended spot and head to a beach i know has Scallops. Upon making my way out to the Scallop grounds my gopro housing sprung a leak at depth and drowned. With a dead gopro and dwindling phone battery if anything were to go wrong i wouldnt be able to call for help. I make the call to end the trip on highs of 8 excellent days Hike and Spear despite the gopro situation.

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Hike and Spear UK Day 7 | Wet Mammal Adventure

Hike and Spear UK Day 7 | Wet Mammal Adventure

Day 7 | Hike and Spear UK

A beautiful morning but it was time to pack up and get some miles underfoot. The weather continues to go in my favour the winds have dropped off and im set for some good diving. I stumble across a lovely little beach where i decide to make a disused boat shed as my camp for the night, i gear up and get wet. I collect a decent Spider crab and a lovely fat pollack. I cook the crab up in some boiled seawater and smashed it with a rock to get at the meat. Delicious. I was hoping for a bass as this spot and ground is usually good for some big boys. The pollack will be saved for the next day. I use the pollack frame once filleted as bait for some crabs and hopefully a lobster obver night.

7.1 Miles hiked.

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Hike and Spear UK Day 6 | Wet Mammal Adventure

Hike and Spear UK Day 6 | Wet Mammal Adventure

Day 6 | Hike and Spear UK

The heat of the morning sun woke me in my tent, i chilled on the sand after breakfast debating when to get in the water, i had already decided after yesterday’s effort and a couple of blisters forming i would have a day rest to prevent them from getting out of control. Finally, i made the call jumped in the water and got my spear game on, despite not seeing much and spooking a giant bass. I made my way to some slightly different ground the vis was on my side but i came across a pollack which i bagged to secure some lunch, then i came across a flatfish i shot straight down on it, it bounced out i scrambled to reload the gun whilst keeping an eye on the fish, placing a second shot onto it before it coming off a second time. i decide to go after it with my hands. I secure the fish and celebrate for a good 5 mins that dinner would be on the cards. Dinner with a sunset.

Another beach bum day with 0 miles hiked.

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Hike and Spear UK Day 5 | Wet Mammal Adventure

Hike and Spear UK Day 5 | Wet Mammal Adventure

Day 5 | Hike and Spear UK

Packing up camp on my perfect little beach to head off onto the next ground, i stopped at the shops in the morning to buy some ingredients for some dish ideas i had come up with overnight. I hiked and hiked destined for my prized spearfishing spot, sadly when i arrived there were some drunk people on the beach, fearing the worst for my gear to be left on the beach whilst i go and spear i decided to move on cross the estuary and seek solitude. A bloody long hiking day i foraged some goodies along the path and made a foraged veggie spaghetti that was enough to keep me fuelled for the mornings dive. The beach i camped at was absolutely perfect and quiet it had a fresh water stream and i was stoked to see what kind of underwater ground it might hold.

17.8 miles hiked.

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Hike and Spear UK Day 4 | Wet Mammal Adventure

Hike and Spear UK Day 4 | Wet Mammal Adventure

Day 4 | Hike and Spear UK

Some packed oats for breakfast, ready for the high tide i leapt into my suit and got wet. I came across some smaller creatures but nothing decent until i had a freak encounter with a shoal of bass. I took my opportunity and bang secured myself a much needed feed. I enjoyed the bass sashimi style as i love my raw foods with some yuzu, soy and wasabi nom nom nom. Harvesting some kelp on my way out of the water to be sundried for some dashi for a fresh Miso Soup. Later i collected some sea lettuce and gutweed for my Miso dish,

I hiked nothing and had been a beach bum for the day.

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Hike and Spear UK Day 3 | Wet Mammal Adventure

Hike and Spear UK Day 3 | Wet Mammal Adventure

Day 3 | Hike and Spear UK

After a goodnight sleep and true to my word i woke up and jumped into the water, the vis was okay and the temp was a fresh 12 degrees. I manged to bag a nice pollack then shortly after taking a tasty bass too with either a skilful or incredibly lucky upside-down rushed shot. Once i had these two i headed out of the water and stumbled across a pair of ray bans… Nice. I got onto the rocks and began filleting, still wet i began eating the pollack as sashimi dipping in soy and wasabi as i pleased. The Bass was saved for dinner as a pan fried meal with a side of freshly harvested sea lettuce salad. I had made my way to another beach and was excited knowing that from that day onwards the winds should drop off and i should be onto fishier waters. I settled down for the night enjoying a perfect sunset.

7.8 miles hiked.

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Hike and Spear UK Day 2 | Wet Mammal Adventure

Hike and Spear UK Day 2 | Wet Mammal Adventure

Day 2 | Hike and Spear UK

A healthy brekky, packing up and on route early morning, the sun got its heat on quick. Todays agenda was to cross an esturary at low tide otherwise i would have become stranded and have to wait until the next day. Foraging some plants and having a veggie dish for a change as i didnt have time for spearfishing, i found an excellent beach to camp at and settled down for the night with the goal of spearing at first light 30m from where my tent was pitched.

11.8 miles hiked.

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Hike and Spear UK Day 1 | Wet Mammal Adventure

Hike and Spear UK Day 1 | Wet Mammal Adventure

Day 1 | Hike and Spear UK

The start of an Adventure, Setting off into the wilderness for 10 days of adventure, coastal spearfishing, foraging and wild camping. The day starts well with a good feed for lunch enjoyed with a view tucking into spearfish, seaweed and coastal plants, i then make my way off along the path to discover a ferry was closed due to covid so i had to get some unexpected miles under foot and walked until nearly dark. Setting up camp in a beautiful valley at the edge of a farmers field.

17.2 miles hiked.

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Sam Clothier “I started just south of Plymouth and finished at Hallsands both inside the county Devonshire, on the South West Coast of the UK.

Three highlights of the trip for me were;

  1. The Freedom – Of being free after an intense UK lockdown with no mask, no curfew and social distancing for fun not as a requirement. With no set schedule or place to be, enjoying my own company and time.
  2. Connection to the Wild – just hiking the coastline where i grew up and seeing that it is just as i remember, with plenty of nature, wildlife and good wild meals to be had.
  3. The Challenge – testing my foraging and spearfishing capabilities, proving to myself that i have the survival knowledge and skill to keep myself healthy and fed in the wild. All whilst hiking with all the gear i need.

NSP:137 Taylor Slattery | Getting the Drop Sequence Sorted

NSP:137 Taylor Slattery | Getting the Drop Sequence Sorted

Interview with Taylor Slattery

This interview with Taylor Slattery was recorded on Day 1 of a charter to the Southern Great Reef aboard the Eastern Voyager. Taylor has been a part of the Adreno spearfishing team for years and has speared all over Australia. In this interview we get systematic on a single drop. This is a mental blueprint for getting the most out of each dive and maximising your time on the bottom hunting fish. Cool dude, cool chat! Listen in and subscribe on iOS or Android https://link.chtbl.com/Download_This_Episode

Important Times

02:30 Taylor Slattery Welcome and Introduction

25:00 The Wayne Judge Medical Evacuation Story | RACQ Life Flight Rescue and Knife Safety Conversation

32:00 Spanish Mackerel Hunting Technique’s and Applying the right amount of pressure to the struggling fish

40:00 Speargun Shaft Conversations | Spring Steel and Stainless Steel Shaft Characteristics

45:00 Rob Allen Equipment and Mindset around Spearfishing Equipment

47:55 Mono vs Dyneema Shooting Line Discussion

Taylor Slattery Interview | Getting the Drop Sequence Sorted

Taylor Slattery @taylorsagirlzname with Coronation Trout

55:00 Veterans Vault: Getting the Drop Sequence Sorted | Thinking Systematically about each dive!

  1. Tidal breathing and relaxing
  2. Double preferably triple your surface interval (time on surface after a dive should be 3x longer than your last dive time)
  3. Closing your eyes
  4. Three stage full breath
  5. Reach up and equalize
  6. Pull snorkel out of mouth with same hand on descent
  7. Do one big pull with other hand through the water
  8. Smooth duckdive into 10-12 smooth, powerful fin strokes
  9. Focus on streamlining and keep head level

77:00 What do you do when your buddy is spooking fish?

84:00 Funny Moments out Spearfishing

88:00 What are three things people in their few year of spearfishing can do to dramatically improve?

92:00 Spearo Q&A

  • Who has been the most influential person in your spearfishing?
  • What does spearfishing mean to you?
  • What is an exciting product you are working on right now?

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NSP:136 Spearfishing Gear Q&A with Jerry Guerra

NSP:136 Spearfishing Gear Q&A with Jerry Guerra

Spearfishing Equipment Community Q&A with Jerry Guerra

Massive community generated spearfishing equipment chat with Neptonics Madman Jerry Guerra. GoPro Mounts, Speargun Ballistics, Rigline Management, Innovative Spearfishing Equipment and even an idea there for young spearos wanting to generate cash for themselves. Listen in!

Important Times | Spearfishing Gear Q&A

00:00 Big welcome to Neptonics:) 10% off for listeners with the code NOOB10

06:00 GoPro MOUNTS: Bob “Bloody go pro mounts that don’t get in the way. I have a Salvimar 125 carbon gun. And cant mount a GoPro anywhere suitable that doesn’t get in the way.”

JP Freediving “I love it mounted on the gun. I can’t see where the cameras pointing properly when its on my head. I lose good shots of what I’m shooting and with the gun unloaded after shooting a fish its good to hold it like a selfie stick with the catch. Also when swimming up the camera moves on my Hollis goggles. I tighten it up more and it snaps the mounts when I’m swimming.”

Bob  “Yeah. But the way the gun is designed is a pain. A good clamp on mounting option near the trigger on the bottom of the handle would be amazing. That way its out of the way of everything.”

Different MOUNTING options – Discussion

14:00 RIGLINE MANAGEMENT | Reducing knots, tangles and crossups

JP Freediving “At the beginning (of my spearfishing) it was the floatlines or reel lines. After some time you read the current etc, but only after turning yourself in a knot bag🤣”

Crossups and getting tangled. Reducing catch points in the water. Materials, lengths, drop weights with reels etc

29:30 How to develop a brand new spearfishing product. From concept to creation.

34:00 INNOVATION IDEA Bob “What id love to see developed are pull cord floats. Same inflation system like life jackets. Attack it to your belt and when you attach it to the gun weather its 1, 2 or 10 when the gun gets ripped away they pull off the belt and auto inflate. You can adjust the amount of floats you think you will need just before shooting by clipping them on or not. Replace the cartridges once used and go again.”

Chad Mathis identified this Carter Inflatable Float on the market and I notice Neptonics has a similar inflatable float. Can you fill me in on their uses?

43:00 SPEARGUN BALLISTICS

Vivien:

  • “What diameter/length for the spear, how do you compromise between precision and power?”
  • “Does the material of the spear impact the flight behavior of the spear?”
  • “What goes far, what goes through a big fish…?”
  • “The basics of the Ballistic side of things for beginners.”

“Sorry for my English I hope it was clear enough.”

Chad “We all know that gun length as in band stretch has everything to do with power. That has everything to do with how long the band has to accelerate the shaft and that is why a longer gun even at the same amount of pull on the bands will shoot harder/farther than a shorter gun. On the human side of it we are only so strong. Here’s the point I’m trying to get to. Using the strongest bands I can cock a 16mm will have to be longer than a 14mm. So the 14mm will actually have the longer band stretch and that will give it a longer acceleration time on the shaft. In the real world I don’t believe a multi rubber gun with 14mm rubbers gives up much to the same gun with 16mm rubbers because of the difference in band stretch with the more rubbers the less advantage the bigger rubbers have. Taking into account the maximum force I am capable of or want to be pulling. What do you and your experts think about that?”

@mathieu_daiku “Roller guns shooting low!! Almost all rollers I have used while hunting and tested in the pool shoot low! Many theories have been developed like inertia of the bands flipping up the muzzle but no definite solutions have been found. Please unravel this mystery!!!!💪🤙🌊”

Chad  “Consistency! being able to hear with my spearguns some days I can’t miss and some days I cannot hit. It seems the harder I try the worse I get and I understand that I need to just trust my instinct but it still happens.”

@Crisalbi “Straight shaft! Even new one from time to time aren’t straight.”

@Tommy_dozz “Power to weight ratio for rubbers and shafts per gun lengths. Is there any kind of rule to be followed?”

Shorter spear = lighter spear = quicker spear. Without having to reduce diameter and increase flex. HOWEVER overhang is not really a ballistics issue is it? We have the same overhang from a hunter aiming POV don’t we?

@the_spearfactor “The perfect combo of bands to shaft size. Also, wt of gun per # bands and size of shaft.”

Jason Harris mentioned the Coatesman Test Vid in the Rob Allen Dive Factory: Basically they setup a test rig involving a load cell with a digital readout and they ramp up the pressure on a variety of line and know setups. The results were different than I expected.

  • Stainless 1.8mm line with a crimp failed at 195kg. The line failed not the crimp. Remove the plastic sheath and one crimp is enough
  • 2mm Mono with Crimp failed at 103kg on the crimp
  • 1.8mm dyneema with standard core and outer sheath. Failed 100kg on the knot
  • 1.8mm 100% dyneema unable to be finger trapped. 124kg break at the knot
  • 1.8mm single braid, hollow core, spliced with brummel lock and finger trap. Broke at 290kg

@Tazyarns from Yarns with Az and Taz Podcast says “All the systems to reload are time consuming, as you can tell, I miss a lot 😂”

Jay Galloway “I’d like to hear a convo on mono vs dyneema vs spectra shooting line.”

@Killshot_spearguns “Dyneema versus Mono for shooting line…pros and cons of each.”

@Shannon.lewis.1023 Rubber replacement, make your own or buy from the shop.

@Onebreathonedeath “Most reels can and will jam.”

@Sinkphase: “Fins! I hate having to buy fins before kicking them to test them out.”

NEXT EPISODE WITH JERRY | Hunting from Shore | Hunting from a boat

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NSP:135 Evan Leeson the Thinking Spearo

NSP:135 Evan Leeson the Thinking Spearo

Interview with Evan Leeson

An analytical fella obsessed with the best parts of spearfishing is how I would describe Evan. We had a great conversation in this interview about thinking about hunting species, being the master of your own spearfishing gear, staying cool in spite of shit happening and a whole lot of other cool stuff. Super cool chat with a super cool fella! Listen in to ‘Evan Leeson the Thinking Spearo!’

Evan Leeson the Thinking Spearo

Evan Leeson with a monster Cobia taken spearfishing

Important Times

03:10 Evan Leeson Introduction and Background.

19:30 How do you plan to find and hunt a new target fish species?

23:50 Gear Fanatic: The Obsession to get your gear right

31:00 Most Memorable Fish

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Evan Leeson with a solid Mulloway taken spearfishing

37:00 Determining the quality of your shot and how hard to fight the fish

45:00 What is the cleverest fish you have tried to hunt?

51:00 What is your take on spearfishing competitions?

57:30 Scary Story: Grey Reef Shark Attack in Fiji. Takeaways, the event in detail and how he is 9 months later.

76.30 Funny Moments: Tony Heugh Story

80:00 Spearo Q&A

Evan Leeson the Thinking Spearo

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Where did you start and how long have you been spearfishing?

“2008 was the first time I was invited out to go spearfishing while I was visiting family in Sydney, Australia. Upon returning home to California, I started buying equipment and diving regularly after that point.”

When was the first time that you found yourself unable to turn away from the ocean?

“I was always around the ocean growing up near the beach but that first experience spearfishing is what really drew me in. That was when it started becoming a big part of what I was thinking about on a regular basis.”

Tell us about where you live, where do you dive, vis, benthos, common fish species, temp,seasonal variations. I decided to allow myself to get stuck in Bali in the middle of all the virus drama, but my real residence is in Sydney, Australia. I’m still recovering from an injury last year and I was only able to get a couple dives in here before they blocked off access to the ocean for non-locals. Prior to this I spent most of my time diving in between Sydney and Coffs Harbour, NSW. It’s a heavily dove part of the country so I’m sure a lot of listeners are familiar with the region. We normally dive in visibility from 3-30m with temperatures from 16-27C throughout the year. We are fortunate to have a really wide range of species to target. There are a lot of great eating fish and plenty of species that will challenge your equipment and your skills. I always keep my eye for the staple fish and the less commonly speared. Snapper get my attention, but they generally notice me first. I find it difficult to let a mackerel swim by me, but I always do my best to get a mixed bag. I think it’s better for the ocean to spread out the pressure and it’s better in the kitchen. Getting one nice reef fish, a small pelagic and a lobster is always a great catch to come home with.

What was getting started like for you? After being introduced to spearfishing on holidays, I spent my first couple years of my diving in California which was frustrating as it was difficult to find many people to dive with and the conditions did not allow you to get in the water very often. I thought about diving much more than actually diving. My university flat mate, Andy, and closest friend introduced me to scuba diving which was a great way to meet like-minded people and get way more time in the water. He was far more experienced than me, so I joined the university scuba diving class to get my certifications. In between spearfishing and scuba diving together we slowly explored the parts of the California coastline that we could access. It quickly became my top interest and eventually my only hobby. Like most of us, starting out is always a challenge financially. Acquiring gear and saving money for car fuel was always a topic of discussion. We had a lot of fun with the basic gear we had. Diving with scuba fins, surfing wetsuits and hand spears will always have a special place in my memory.

What made you want to get into spearfishing? Being completely honest, for my entire life I wanted nothing to do with spearfishing or any water deeper than waist high. I was petrified of sharks and the unknown. I had irrational fears, I even thought of sharks when I was in swimming pools. The only reason I got into spearfishing was as a result of my cousin, Derrick. He took me out to experience Sydney night life which was more my cup of tea at the time. The following day I was pathetically hungover. He convinced me to go spearfishing with him which I believe he only got me to agree to because I was in between spews, still drunk and I wasn’t exactly thinking straight. Getting into the ocean was exactly what I needed. I was distracted quickly, mesmerized by the size of the fish and amazed by how comfortable I was in the water.

What fish did you target starting out? Initially it was whatever we were legally allowed to catch: surf perch, rockfish, ling cod and cabazon. We quickly learned to skip on the surf perch and focused more on ling cod and cabazon as they were the tastiest fish around, we had a reasonable chance of catching.

What gear did you start out with? A surfing wetsuit from when I was a teenager, small scuba fins, 6ft fiberglass handspear and a positive attitude.

From shore or boat? Shore for the first few years.

Did you have a mentor? I’ve been very fortunate to have multiple mentors who are great teachers and highly accomplished. From my scuba teacher, Frank Degnan, to my cousin, Derrick Cruz, and finally Simon Trippe. I couldn’t imagine or ask for a better three people to guide me through my first years in the water. I can attribute so much of what I’ve done and been fortunate enough to experience to these three.

What was your biggest obstacle starting out spearfishing and how did you overcome it? Time, water access and funds. I overcame these problems with patience and taking a job in my family’s business in Australia which initially gave me more time and water access. I had to wait a while before I could gather the money I needed to dive in the places I wanted with the gear I needed. Trying to spend as much time as possible in the water and keeping your employer happy so they

will pay you more so you can spend more time in the water at all the places you’ve dreamed of diving is tricky to say the least.

What is the stupidest thing you’ve ever done and what did you learn from it? I had only drove a boat a few times in rivers and lakes in California. My confidence and experience did not do me any favours the first time I was allowed to drive a boat in the ocean. I think I had the steering wheel for only 60 seconds before I cut around a headland a bit too close. I quickly found myself in shallow water with a wave cresting much higher than the boat itself to the left. I knew if I kept going, we would get overturned by the wave and I couldn’t exactly turn around. My instincts told me to turn into the wave and add a little throttle for fun, I guess? To this day I’ve never been so high in the air in a boat and I hope I never am again. The fact that no one was injured when we all slammed against the deck of the boat as we landed back in the water or I didn’t sink the boat is a miracle. It was a good story for the boys and the story traveled far enough that I wasn’t allowed to drive anyone’s boat for a few years.

What is the best day you’ve ever had out spearfishing? It’s tough to say what was the best day out as I’ve been really fortunate and had some great experiences in the water. I’d have to say that best day out for me was with Al Lewis and Shane Fitzmaurice launching out of 1770 in Queensland. They’re two of the happiest easy-going people I know and that carries over into their spearfishing. They’re extremely talented divers who know how to have a good time as well. I always learn a lot with them. We had absolutely zero marks and found every spot that day with a bit of guesswork. We found a lot of bare sand, but we found one reef that was just alive with quality fish, great water, trickle of current and a very friendly dwarf minky whale. We were able to anchor up and slowly swim around together finding all the fishy spots. We saw huge schools of giant GTs moving in and out of caves pushing jacks and tuskfish out of the way as they moved. There was a big school of 20-30kg cobia keeping a close tail on the school. All around the edges of this particular spot was filled with leopard and barcheek trout of 3-5kg. After we picked up one of the big cobias, a couple tuskfish, some jacks, a few mackerel and some trout we swam around with the minky whale for nearly an hour. It loved playing around with the throw flasher. As we ate lunch on the spot, it stuck around coming up to have a look at what were doing every few minutes. That night we ate really well back at the house, listened to music, had a few beers and still had a week of diving to go before we had to drive back to Sydney.

What about the one that got away? There are two fish that got away from me that I spent a long time thinking about. They were both big mulloway, both in important competitions. The first was in NSW State Titles in 2014. I was having a good day and started diving a deeper sand line with large boulders everywhere. I was looking for both drummer species and spotted a few from the surface. I dove down and found a bunch of high scoring silver drummer in a cave. I found the biggest and just as the spear hit the fish a large mulloway swam out of another cave across the gutter. I think it was watching me the whole time. I got enjoy to watching it swim away as I got my hands on the drummer. That haunted me for a while. The other mulloway that got away from me was a really good fish around 25kg that I found in shallow water in the Blue Water Classic in 2016 I think. It was an awesome comp, nearly everyone had a good bag of fish, lots of wahoo, mackerel, cobia shot and big fish too. There was a bit of current and I could see the mulloway sleeping in bowl maybe 3m deep which was a little awkward so I decided I would not move and drift over it to see if I could shoot it from above or maybe dive past it and swim up to it on the bottom into the current. I spotted it a bit too late to dive before it. It switched on pretty quick and ended up having to swim after it into the current. It just kept moving. Needless to say it was a really close competition between a lot of great divers and that fish would of made a big difference for my score.

MEMORABLE FISH STORY

Could you share with us the story of the first memorable fish that you speared? What species was it, weather, vis, who were you diving with, time of year, where were you? The first memorable fish I speared was a kingfish in Sydney. It was the first fish I was proud to take a photo of. It was a fish we talked about often but never speared. We launched out of Botany Bay on the boat I almost sank. I think it was my second or third boat dive which was excited on its own. I think it was in September or October, 2011. It was a really nice day and we had 10-15m viz. I was diving with my cousin Derrick, who was always by my side in the water for the first few years of diving in Australia, and Ben Bayfield. Those two were my only diving friends at the time and they always looked after me despite being an annoying yank who nearly sank their boat and didn’t know much at all about diving or the ocean. They were babysitting me essentially. We checked most of the headlands in the Eastern Suburbs without much luck. We eventually found a big school of kingfish which completely caught me off guard, I think I was in between panic and staring at the school. Derrick was not one to waste time and quickly secured a fish. This was my first time seeing a reasonable size pelagic speared and landed. I was amazed. I thought I’ll get my chance one day. We pulled anchor and went to the next headland South. I stuck by Derrick and watched what he was doing. It didn’t take much time in the water before I had a school of king fish swimming towards me. I dove down erratically, and I’m amazed they didn’t spook but I was able to shoot the fish closest to me with ordinary shot placement. Pulling that fish in and landing in was exhilarating and the whole time I was fighting the fish up Derrick had shot another kingfish. We fought and landed them at nearly the same time. Something we ended up repeating quite a few times over the years that followed but nothing was quite like the first.

NSP:134 The Art of Smoking Fish | Michael Isbey from Matakana Smokehouse

NSP:134 The Art of Smoking Fish | Michael Isbey from Matakana Smokehouse

Interview with Michael Isbey | Matakana Fish Smoker

Matakana Smokehouse Purveyor Michael Isbey joins me to discuss the art (and science) of smoking fish. We chat different types of smokers, brine, fish preparation, what types of fish are great to smoke, ways to serve smoked fish and more. This is a geekout on the Art of Smoking Fish with a bloody good bloke. Listen in to this episode of the Noob Spearo Podcast on your podcast app of choice here!

NSP:134 The Art of Smoking Fish | Michael Isbey from Matakana Smokehouse

Important Times

02:40 Michael Isbey from Matakana Smokehouse Introduction

15:30 The Art of Smoking Fish Veterans Vault

  • Smokers? Basic to high end. Costs, brands, pros and cons. Good home units.

26:00 Taking care of fish after the catch. Ike Jime, cutting out the gills, gutting the fish and further preparation

28:40 What kinds of fish work best for smoking?

30:30 How thick should the fillets be? Time considerations. How do you adjust for fish size etc

31:00 Brine | benefits? My mate doesn’t like to wet brine at all, he can’t get it right, they just turn salty. However with dry brine, his smoked fish tastes awesome.

  • Dry Brine: Rubs and ingredients | secret sauce. Things to experiment with. Planning experiments.

37:00 Serving smoked fish. What is the best? Miso, sandwiches, fresh out of the smoker, pies, pate, salads etc

40:00 Formula vs Art | Is smoking fish a science or an art?

41:45 Smoking other stuff | mussels, octopus, squid, venison, beef?

49:00 Michael’s Favorite Fish to Hunt | Tips and Tricks for New Zealand Snapper

53:00 Toughest Situation on the Ocean

55:10 Funniest Time out Spearfishing

57:45 Spearo Q&A

Links Mentioned

Matakana Smokehouse, New Zealand

  • Located on the Corner of Sharps Rd and Matakana Road. Warkworth, New Zealand
  • Call +64 20 4010 7815
  • Boutique Smokehouse with a preference for organic ingredients
  • NZ food awards finalist

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NSP:133 G.R. Tarr the Red Tide Savage

NSP:133 G.R. Tarr the Red Tide Savage

Interview with G.R. Tarr

Monster interview with Florida legend, G.R. Tarr! Equipment pioneer and local legend, G.R. created and runs Red Tide Spearfishing. In this chat he shares crazy tales, awesome tips and insights. Enjoy! https://link.chtbl.com/n52RRXie

G.R Tarr has been spearfishing since 1965 so there are just a few tips and bits of info in here. He’s influenced our sport in many ways. He pioneered the tuna clip float line pull and clip technique for landing big fish. He came up with the idea to make the semi enclosed track hybrid speargun. He created and runs RedTideSpearfishing.com. Leave your thoughts about this interview in the comments below:)

G.R. Tarr the Red Tide Savage

Important Times

04:30 GR Tarr Introduction and a bit about Red Tide spearfishing

6:00 Thinking about and making spearfishing equipment

12:00 The Semi-Enclosed Track Speargun

21:50 GR’s first days spearfishing

23:25 How do you teach and acquire new spearfishing skills?

27:00 Spearfishing Ethics and Mindset

36:00 How do you get calm? How do you reduce your heart rate?

41:50 Competitive running and breaks from spearfishing

54:00 Veterans Vault | Travel Spearfishing

  • How do you plan and prepare for trips?
  • Bluewater Spearfishing and learning where to go and target them
  • Spearfishing guides and acquiring knowledge
  • Moon Phases and specific species
  • Divers, how many and who do you take?
  • Food and hydration for dive trips | the banana fallacy

82:00 Scariest Moment Discussion

85:00 Speargun Shafts Discussion | Making Shafts for Specialist Spearguns

87:10 What’s in GR Tarr’s Dive Bag?

Massive discussion on;

  • Carbon Fiber Fins
  • Reels, Belt Reels, Stringers

101:40 Spearo Q&A

 G.R. Tarr the Red Tide Savage Monster Wahoo

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NSP:132 Eric Allard Extreme Bluewater Spearfishing | East Africa

NSP:132 Eric Allard Extreme Bluewater Spearfishing | East Africa

Interview with Eric Allard

Episode 132 with a spearfishing legend! Eric Allard is a renown spearfishing guide predominantly operating out of East Africa. He owns and operates Extreme Bluewater Spearfishing with Nigel Spenser taking spearos out to hunt the legendary Dogtooth Tuna, Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna and other target species. It was only natural that we chatted all about how to hunt these species effectively and East African Spearfishing. Enjoy!

Important Times

3:00 Eric Allard Introduction. Zanzibar, Tanzania Extreme Bluewater Spearfishing with Nigel Spencer.

9:00 Introduction to the water and growing up in Kenya. Early lessons spearfishing

11:00 Cooking passion

13:00 104kg Dogtooth Tuna Capture Story | Lessons, Tips and Key Knowledge for Hunting Dogtooth Tuna

23:00 Marine Science Background and Related Study

34:40 Scariest Situation in the Ocean | Losing the Boat Offshore

NSP:132 Eric Allard Extreme Bluewater Spearfishing | East Africa

NSP:132 Eric Allard Extreme Bluewater Spearfishing | East Africa Dogtooth Tuna

40:50 Veterans Vault | Spearfishing in East Africa

60:00 What’s in your divebag?

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About Eric Allard

  • Operator of Extreme Blue Water Spearfishing based in Zanzibar, Tanzania
  • Born in Mombasa, Kenya, Eric grew up on Kenya’s beaches. Avid fisherman at age 6.
  • Eric has dived most of Tanzania’s coastline and has been a Spearfishing Guide since 2009. His clients get to dive for the largest Dogtooth Tuna in the world off Latham Island
  • Features heavily in Barret Harveys ‘African Spearfishing Diaries’ vids.
  • Also possibly one of the most requested people to get on the podcast

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Hawaiian Sling vs Pole Spear

Hawaiian Sling vs Pole Spear

Planning on going spearfishing?

Although this is one of the most primitive methods of fishing, there seems to be a ton of gear you should (or may want!) to have when you head out to the water.

Understanding the difference between all the gear can be downright mind-boggling. One of the most commonly used weapons when it comes to spearfishing is the Hawaiian sling, often referred to as a pole spear. When it comes to the Hawaiian sling vs. the pole spear, don’t worry – it’s essentially the same thing. Although you might hear either term used, they are more or less interchangeable concepts. That said, there are a few key differences between the two to be aware of.

Here’s what you need to know.

What is the Difference Between a Hawaiian Sling vs. Pole Spear?

A Hawaiian spear is more or less the same thing as a pole spear. However, a pole spear generally has a sliding grip that moves with the pole, while a Hawaiian spear does not. Hawaiian slings and pole spears both use a band or sling to fire your spear shaft, but they operate in slightly different ways. The Hawaiian sling uses a wooden shooter (other materials are sometimes used, though wood is the most common) and a high-powered rubber strap to fire a spear shaft in a forward trajectory. If you’ve ever used a bow and arrow, the concept is more or less the same. You’ll hold the shaft in place while you prepare to shoot with a connector (spear holder) on the tubing. You can use this to attach to the end of your spear.

A pole spear, however, has a tough band or sling that is remarkably durable and resilient. This band is attached right at the end of the spear and meant for launching. Often, pole spears are referred to as three-prong spears. They are usually made out of fiberglass and have rubber tubes at the end for added durability. You may also be able to find a hybrid pole spear, which is made out of two different kinds of materials (usually aluminum and one other kind of material to provide durability along with flexibility).

Both tools are known for being lightweight, but Hawaiian slings are generally a bit more lightweight. Also made out of fiberglass, they can also be carbon fiber which occasionally adds a bit more weight.

The average Hawaiian sling will be around five to eight feet, although there are some oddballs out there that can be a bit shorter or longer. You can also modify your sling, as you gain more experience with spearfishing, to be a bit longer. Shorter Hawaiian slings have their place, though, as they’re excellent when diving into close, compact areas. A lot of people don’t use Hawaiian slings and prefer to use a speargun when going after large fish, as a hawaiian sling doesn’t have quite enough chutzpah to make a difference. That said, pole spears aren’t the biggest either, so you may have to consider whether either of these tools is ideal for the fish you plan to go after at all.

How Are Hawaiian Slings and Pole Spears the Same?

Both Hawaiian slings and pole spears are popular fishing tools if you plan on freediving near reefs or along the coast. Both are also easy to use and convenient to carry around with you. Neither are very expensive, so they offer a great way to start spearfishing if you’re on a budget. Both Hawaiian slings and pole spears are great for beginners. If you’re new to spearfishing, both of these tools will help you get off to a good start by themselves. You can also use them as a supplementary weapon if you have more experience and just want a bit of backup.

Tips for Using a Hawaiian Sling

Using a Hawaiian sling is easier than you might think.

Fit your spear shaft into the shooter with the tip facing away from you. Put the dull end of the shaft into the holder on the rubber sling. Avoid stretching the sling until you’re ready to shoot. Once you’re ready to shoot, pull back the rubber and shaft with one hand while your other hand holds your grip on the shooter. Hold steady, just as you would draw the string of a bow. Release and the shaft will propel itself forward, hopefully into the fish that you’ve been aiming at. Then, you can pull the string back to retrieve your kill. Be careful not to pull your rubber too far down toward the spearhead. This can cause unnecessary bending in your pole, which can lead to inaccuracies when you’re shooting at fish. You need just enough tension to get a good shot but not so much tension that the spear starts to bend. Remember, you’re going to be using this tool just like you would use a bow and arrow.

Neritic Blue Bantam Pole Spear

Neritic Blue Bantam Pole Spear

Tips for Using a Pole Spear

Pole spears are also quite easy to use.

You will hook a rubber loop or sling onto the butt end of the pole spear, using your thumb while also using the fingers on the same hand to reach up the shaft toward the spear tip. This movement will create tension. Try not to place your hand too high or you’ll bend the spear, which can cause issues with your aim. Grip tightly, holding tension while you aim. Then release to shoot and pull back the spear to retrieve your fish. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that pole spears are equipped with replaceable tips that need to be swapped out from time to time. This is because the constant wear and tear on the spear can really take its toll. Fail to maintain your spear and you won’t be able to shoot quite as accurately.

You can choose from a variety of spear pole tips, including single and three-barb units. With both a pole spear and a Hawaiian spear, you are going to want to avoid holding your pole cocked and ready to fire. Instead, keep the band looped around your hand yet not stretched out entirely. Although there’s nothing technically wrong with doing this, you’ll be wasting energy that you should be saving for the rest of the hunt.

Which One is Best – Hawaiian Sling vs. Pole Spear

Ultimately, it doesn’t matter whether you choose to use a pole spear or a Hawaiian spear. Both should get the job done nicely for you and both are relatively easy to use.

Deciding which one to use will come down to your personal preferences and skill levels. Neither is necessarily easier to use, but some people have an easier time with the Hawaiian sling while others much prefer the style of the pole spear. Hawaiian slings often have better range and are more enjoyable to shoot – at least, that’s what most of their enthusiasts say! That being said, pole spears are often viewed as more effective when you’re fishing for larger species in deep water. No matter which kind of tool you choose for your first (or hundredth!) spearfishing experience, make sure you practice before you head out into deep water. Ideally, you should spend some time practicing in shallow bodies of water to get used to the techniques involved in the craft. With both of these tools, you’re sure to have a lot of fun. However, it’s also easy to get hurt if you don’t have enough practice and you aren’t careful.

With a little bit of practice, you’ll be spearing fish (and having a blast doing it!) in no time.

This is a guest post by Sean Ward the man behind OnTrackFishing.com 

On Track Fishing helps anglers above and below the water catch more fish!

NSP:131 Adam Malski | First Timers Guide for Blue Water Spearfishing Charters

NSP:131 Adam Malski | First Timers Guide for Blue Water Spearfishing Charters

Interview with Adam Malski

This interview is jam packed with good info for any spearo wanting to do their first bluewater spearfishing trip. Adam Malski prepared a tonne of info just for this chat several months after getting back from his first Coral Sea Spearfishing trip (watch highlights here). Adam is a Sydney based, North Shore Underwater Club member with a down to earth nature and a lifelong learner mentality. Listen in!

Important Times

06:00 Who is Adam Malski?

12:50 Adam Malski has competed at high levels in Triathalons, Running, Boxing, Mountain Biking and others. I ask him what skills have crossed over into spearfishing.

17:38 North Shore Underwater Club and Sydney Diving

19:00 What is one of the biggest lessons you have learned in your spearfishing journey so far?

First Timers Guide for Blue Water Spearfishing Charters

Adam Malski with New Zealand Yellowtail Kingfish

24:00 Veterans Vault | First Timers Guide for Blue Water Spearfishing Charters

  • What went into the planning phase of the trip?
  • What equipment did you decide on?
  • How do the Dories operate?
  • How do you work effectively as a team and dive buddy on a bluewater charter?
  • How do you plan which grounds to fish?
  • What are common issues first timers experience blue water hunting?
  • Dogtooth Tuna tips for first timers
Dogtooth Tuna Coral Sea Spearfishing with Adam Malski. NSP:131 Adam Malski | First Timers Guide for Blue Water Spearfishing Charters

Dogtooth Tuna Coral Sea Spearfishing with Adam Malski

55:00 What is your favourite species to hunt, how do you find them and how do you hunt them effectively?

59:50 Toughest Situation Spearfishing? Sydney Blackout (Video Here)

68:00 What’s in your spearfishing dive bag?

Dogtooth Tuna Coral Sea Spearfishing with Adam Malski. NSP:131 Adam Malski | First Timers Guide for Blue Water Spearfishing Charters. Pictured with Crayfish or Lobster

75:00 Spearo Q&A

Links Mentioned

Ryan Koeneke

“Hey all, If you haven’t had a chance to jump in and help with the effort to expand spearfishing opportunity, now is your chance!  And we really need your help with this one.

In a recent public hearing the proposal was met with opposition from the angling community who have cited two (2) main areas of concern:

  1. Spearfisherman disproportionately catch & kill trophy sized fish (there are only ~ 50 active spearfisherman in the state so we are outnumbered 10,000 to 1 by anglers)
  2. We are unable to judge the size of fish underwater before shooting.

My contact at the CPW has requested that spearo’s send him an email at  [email protected] stating support for the proposed regulation.  In order for him to more easily organize the emails, we are suggesting you use the following template and address the two bullet points above in the statement of support section if possible:”

Hello Mr. Nehring,

  • Name:
  • Location:
  • Organization:
  • Statement of support:

Thank you,

 

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First Responders Guide for Treating Major Haemorrhage

First Responders Guide for Treating Major Haemorrhage

First Responders Guide for Treating Major Haemorrhage

Hey Isaac I felt compelled to reach out and contact you after recent tragic events. I wrote this little guide on controlling limb haemorrhage originally intended just for my little spearo crew. It’s been shared on a few forums in the last few days. It’s attached below. Feel free to use it and share it however you want. I’m happy to help out in any way to share this message.

To provide some background, I’m a doctor from the Sunshine Coast and a specialist in both emergency medicine and pre-hospital and retrieval medicine. I split my time between the hospital and the local helicopter rescue service. I’m also a passionate spearo and waterman. We’ve lost a couple of local spearos in the last 12 months.. Matt Tratt who died on sat was also part of our local “pressure project freedive group” and my colleagues from the rescue helicopter tried in vane to save him. I didn’t know either of them personally but they were both friends of friends. Its always a reminder of the dangers we face when something happens close to home.

Without any criticism of anyone (who I’m certain did their best and bravely came to Matt’s aid on the weekend), a bite to the limb should be something we’re all prepared to deal with. Someone should hopefully never die of any isolated limb bite. I deal with life threatening emergencies and complicated medical procedures everyday in the field or in hospital. We train for and visualize how we will approach these crisis. I try to bring this same approach to our sport. We need to have thought about and visualize how we are going to solve any crisis well before it happens.

Another example – I once had a trout brick me under a ledge. After an unsuccessful extraction and at the end of my breath hold I headed for the surface only to become entangled with my float line around my belt. I panicked and instead of simply dropping my belt I went to cut my way out. We always buddy very tightly but of course this was that sneaky little dive you do while my buddy boated a fish. Two simple errors which could have cost me. I’ve since thought about my approach to entanglement and I’m prepared. Hope this info helps someone. Rob

This First Responders Guide for Treating Major Haemorrhage might save someone’s life.

It’s also another good reason to always dive with a buddy. We all dive around sharks all the time. Sometimes we get complacent. People with massive bleeding from the limbs are able to survive if we act quickly.

There’s 2 ways to stop a limb bleed

  1. Direct Pressure. Use a small as possible pressure point right into the spot that’s bleeding. In physics pressure = force/ surface area. Ie A large pressure can be delivered if it’s applied over a small area.
  2. Tourniquet. This will stop all blood supply to the limb. It can stay on for hours if required. The key is it must be really tight. If it’s too loose then it will still allow arterial blood supply while blocking venous supply. This would be just like when you get a blood test. It can make you bleed more! Don’t do this.

Options for what to wrap the wound with

  • If in the water on a shore dive, then use a float line.
  • If on a boat dive, then use a bandage if one is handy.

You can buy arterial tourniquets really cheap. To get a tight tourniquet one needs a windlass. Some sort of stick that you wind up really tight (hopefully you’ll see the bleeding stop- if not go tighter). The tricky thing is finding what to use as a windlass. You could try a dive knife but there’s obvious issues with that. I’ve got a fish stringer on my float that would work. Once the windlass is wound up you need to stop it unwinding. Try tucking it under some other rope.

Hey Isaac. I did a bit of messing around today with tourniquets and took some dodgy photos with my phone. I’m no Boy Scout so I’ve improvised knots which is exactly what people are going to do if they’re making a tourniquet out of their float line.

Commercial tourniquet

Commercial tourniquet (like this one)

Rope (eg float line) MacGyver Tourniquet

Rope or float line Tourniquet

How to macgyver a tourniquet 101...

How to macgyver a tourniquet 101…using a bandage

FAQ

Where do I apply the tourniquet? Some teaching suggests as far down the limb as possible so less tissue lacks blood supply. In saying that It can be harder to compress the vessels below the knee or the elbow because there’s 2 bones instead of one. It probably doesn’t matter. Just get it on there. If there’s a bleed really high up the leg and you can’t get a tourniquet high enough then add direct pressure to the wound plus try and compress the big femoral vessels in the groin. Feel where your own pulse is for a guide. Once again remember a smaller object pushed onto a vessel will apply more pressure. Something like a small ball shape pushed onto the vessel. Find something to wrap round the leg or pelvis to hold it really tight or hold it in place with all your weight.

Happy to clarify any further questions!

– Rob Giles

NSP:130 Matt Tratt Tribute with Rob Tratt | Frazer Island Shark Attack Tragedy

NSP:130 Matt Tratt Tribute with Rob Tratt | Frazer Island Shark Attack Tragedy

Interview with Rob Tratt

This interview is about Matt Tratt, the man who was tragically bitten by a shark off Indian Head at Frazer Island. Rob Tratt was with him spearfishing when a shark (likely a Bullshark) attacked. Matt and Rob were in relatively shallow water when the shark bit him and opened an arterial wound in his leg. Matt Tratt was a much loved Father, Husband and Brother and Spearo. This episode is a tribute to him and the full story of what actually happened.

NSP:130 Matt Tratt Tribute with Rob Tratt | Frazer Island Shark Attack Tragedy

Important Times

03:30 Rob Tratt Introduction and a bit about how we connected

16:00 How important was the spearfishing lifestyle to Matt?

21:40 How would Matt’s mates describe him?

40:40 Background behind the Frazer Island Trip

58:40 Sharks at Frazer Island? Spearfishing at Indian Head

68:20 The shark attack story | What happened to Matt Tratt

 

Matt Tratt Family GoFundMe campaign link

97:00 Second Call | The G-Fish

101:45 Did the shark come in once only?

102:45 Did the shark hit the femoral artery when it bit?

108:00 Terrible reporting of the shark attack in the news

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NSP:129 Bret Whitman Dirty Vis Diving with Spearfactor Podcast Host

NSP:129 Bret Whitman Dirty Vis Diving with Spearfactor Podcast Host

Interview with Bret Whitman | Dirty Vis Diving

Massive thoughts about hunting Dogtooth and other Bluewater species, Southern California Diving, Dirty Water Diving and more….all with the host of the SpearFactor Podcast, Bret Whitman. We have a good old time in this episode. Listen in!

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Dirty Vis Diving. Dirty Water Spearfishing. Bret Whitman Interview

Important Times

03:30 Bret Whitman introduction and the SpearFactor Podcast and local Southern California diving

18:00 Massive Conversation on Fish Identification

23:00 Dogtooth Tuna Story and Tips

42:40 Tuna Vortex Story

55:00 Veterans Vault | Dirty Vis Diving | How to Spearfish in Poo Water

  • Equipment planning and preparation
  • Understanding and planning for hunting depths
  • Being quiet when you hit bottom
  • Adapting finning technique
  • Slowing down more!
  • Speargun Size
  • Ditching the Double Wrap
  • Mid-handle speargun?
  • How to search for stuff in dirty water
  • Triangle of Access | positioning your dive knife
  • Duncan Henderson “obvious question from me, guns, what size and what type? I think a midhandle could be of use.”
Dirty Vis Diving. Dirty Water Spearfishing. Bret Whitman Interview | Dogtooth Tuna

📷 Michael Orr. Bret Whitman with Dogtooth Tuna taken Spearfishing

82:50 Funniest Moment out spearfishing | Carpel Tunnel?

84:30 Spearo Q&A | Sean Vigue Yoga on YouTube

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Taking the Kids Spearfishing

Taking the Kids Spearfishing

Taking the kids spearfishing

This post is an email that Don sent me with regards to taking his two boys (Max 10 and Ben 12) spearfishing. There is a heap of practical and actionable advice in here for anyone wanting to take their kids spearfishing. Don goes on to share a great poo story at the end (my fav). Enjoy!!

 

I hadn’t been in the water for 20yrs since instructing to which I was a master scuba diver trainer with PADI, a Nurse at work asked me if I wanted an old OMER caymen 75 she’d found in her garage. I’d been wanting to get the kids in the water for some time and so dragged out my old gear. When the kids started it was incredibly basic; an old torn 2mm steamer each, old rubber fins from the 70’s and a yellowed silicone mask each out of a moldy gear bag. I also took my old Tecnisub pneumatic gun with us and was surprised the old girl still worked. They were keen as to give it a go although somewhat nervous and we took a trip to Kaikoura. After gearing them up I jumped in and coaxed them in and we swam around in some shallow calm water, two wide eyed leaches stuck to each side of me, it turned out to be really fishy and hands started pointing  everywhere and I had to stop every meter to decipher “Sorkillian” or answer questions or look at something someone was yelling about.

 

A bit further on the monster was created; I smacked a huge Butterfish right in front of them. They went apeshit, I was forced back to shore to swap guns and hell or high water they were going to have a go. I gave them a quick how to and took them out one at a time holding onto their elbow and they swam over many fish but I just went with it. The older boy Ben managed to corner a big banded wrasse and let fly. He was stoked and still talks about that fish, he shot another before it was wee Max’s turn. With a mask half full of water and his fins coming adrift max shot a tiny blue moki. I didn’t have the heart to take his fish off him so we got a quick photo before I had the chat to them about under size and shooting fish they can’t use. So it wasn’t wasted we jammed it in a crack with juvenile crays. we just dived unarmed for the rest of the weekend and I was able to show them heaps of sea life, the end of every dive they were shivering, blue but still took some getting out of the water.

Koids practicing Ike Jime. Taking the kids spearfishing

Max and Ben practicing Ike Jime. Don “boys decided that they wanted to take care of own fish, caught them killing pumpkin, bloody great idea as about same thickness as fish head 😂😂”

As they seemed keen I got some better gear, good 5mm suits, modern fins and a decent mask each. We did a trip to Dunedin and went for a dive in the harbour no fish shot this time and Max was mesmerized by a small octopus, I never let on to him but a bloody big stingray was mesmerized with Max. I didn’t turn him around for a look in case to put him off. At this stage I was still holding on to them and swimming them around mostly where they could stand up if needed, next day we happened to go to shag point on a simply epic day and both boys totally transformed. They started swimming beside me and in deeper water and shot 4 big butterfish each. Both boys were still surface dwellers at this stage with Max having a life vest over his suit.

 

A holy shit moment came when I was quietly following Ben when he dived down kicking like mad about 2m and I heard the gun go off, next minute he’s wrestling with a nice blue moki. That fish wasn’t going anywhere he was clinging onto it and I tried to help; it was like trying to get a piece of chicken of a cat. We did a few more trips around the area with Philip Van Zijl and learnt heaps, he’s awesome. We were still very much noobs, Ben was now weighted and reloading himself and both boys were starting to be comfortable with rougher and deeper water.

Taking the kids spearfishing

In December of that year I did the unthinkable and took them up to Auckland and Darren Shields took us out for the day, the kids had never been on a boat before let alone dive off one. This trip locked in the monster, they soaked up everything and they regarded themselves as real spearos. Ben had spent his pocket money on some wettie reef freedive fins and simply took off dropping down 3-4 spearing and securing fish. He would have shot a big kingfish that look an interest in him if I hadn’t headed back to the boat with the gun to unload a fish. Both boys got 3 parore each and got a photo with a big snapper that Darren shot. Next day we headed out to Goat Island reserve for a look and it was a nightmare getting them out with all the snapper around.

 

I ended up getting a wee Mac360 boat with a 15hp and they keep soaking up the knowledge. They entered the Kaikoura big 5 spearo comp as their own team I was just safety diver. We aren’t really comp folk but I wanted to get them to start working as buddy team, I limited them to a fish each to weigh in and they did really well, it was quite funny these two little guys rock up among all these experienced spearos.  They got called up to get photos with the winners who handed them part of their prize winnings, a new gun and a catch bag. It was a very cool gesture. Ben wanted to get another species that weekend and did a perfect breath up and drop to 7m, I saw him aim at something and came up as cool as a cucumber with the blue moki in the pic I sent through.

Taking the kids spearfishing

Ben and Max spearo kids!

A FEW NOTES ON GEAR AND RULES FOR KIDS

 

WETSUIT

  • Got to be warm, a warm comfortable kid won’t be put off easily, can be 7deg in south
  • 2mm open cell vest plus open cell suit
  • Creases or folds mean water flood in
  • Cold days we dump warm water from a hot water bottle in before getting in
  • wettie do full range of kids suits
  • Correct size gloves to be able to feel / use trigger well

FINS

Get them into freedive fins as soon as you can, I though they may be too much to handle but they seem to do well with them, saw a big transformation. Ben immediately started dropping to 15-20ft comfortably

  • Problem is smallest is usually 6-8 uk not sure who does smaller to suit kids or women
  • Allows them to power 25m pool lane underwater, gives them a big achievement.
  • Big safety rule: you don’t go into sea without fins, fins are control. Fins go on before weight belt and must stay on until weight belt is off on any boat

MASK AND SNORKEL

  • Must fit well, leaks will make them uncomfortable and anxious, you want them concentrating on what they are doing rather than what gear is doing.
  • We have drifted away from purge valve snorkels especially on shore dives, it seems to only take 1 or 2 grains of sand to cause a large leak and have a choking kid.
  • No snorkel in mouth during dive

GUNS

Touchy subject for a spear fishing parent and a serious one to weigh up, kid to kid

  • They must be taught every possible thing about guns, and most of all what they are capable of doing.
  • Like a firearm they must be pointed in a safe direction at all time when not aimed at fish
  • We don’t use a pole at moment, hard to control length in even small surge, keep getting pushed into rock, kelp.
  • No pneumatics, you are tensioning using the spear than pulling band on to licked in one, also too easy to turn in on yourself eg foot or buddy beside you. Length is good.
  • Max uses 3x 10mm bands very easy to load for a kid.
  • Learn to re set spear and line out of water. They fire a shot at a fish then they need to be able to re load, Darren shields recons they won’t miss as much because it’s not easy.
  • Big ??????  On this one, we don’t use safeties.  Max has an angry story about one of the biggest butterfish I’ve seen. Finger on trigger only when shooting. Some say safer in turbid conditions, basically if there kid in a dangerous situation where there could be an accidental discharge you probably shouldn’t be banded up anyway.

RULES FOR KIDS

  • Point in safe direction
  • Be selective as what you shoot, our limit is two fish each. It also allows for more outings as you run out of fish sooner.
  • Practice aiming at home using straight locked arm using anything long, stick, vacuum cleaner pipe ect
  • Practice taking care of fish, iki them, gutting. Pumpkin perfect tool for iki practice.
  • GENERAL SAFETY AND STUFF
  • Kids are smaller so get cold quicker
  • Although smaller size does allow them to get closer to fish it does put in the back of your mind that bitey creatures may have a go at them before the big target. With this in mind I always swim on the open water side of them, so kids are on reef or shore side if possible.
  • One child at a time in the water in case there is a problem.
  • If possible teach them basic blackout and rescue stuff, how to drive boat. CPR is also a great idea and most kids even at ages 7-8 can perform effective CPR. They should never have to do this but you never know, they may be able to guide an untrained adult.
  • Heaps of pool work makes a big difference. Put a $2 coin on the bottom of the dive pool and show them how to equalise, they soon get it.

Hopefully some of this info may be useful.

taking the kids spearfishing

Now what you’ve really been waiting for!!! Poo story.

When I was instructing bubbles, myself and a mate got invited onto a luxury launch. This boat was pristine, the owners basically handed us white soled shoes as we boarded and followed us around making sure nothing was touched, even re-arranging magazines we had read to the original position and layout. We were terrified to go to the toilet on this boat, but after 3 days things were backing up. On the third day I said to hell with this, I need a crap, 3 days worth was satisfying to get rid of. When I came out my mate pushed past me saying look out this is going to be huge. Little did we realize that my effort had blocked the system! He came out very white faced saying “it won’t flush, it won’t flush “panicked we came up with a plan and proceeded to covertly undo the back of the system to clear around the shredding fan that cuts up everything and sends it out the bottom of the boat. This was done with a piece of wire we found. All was going well until all of a sudden the blockage cleared and shit and paper started pouring onto the floor. My crap was fine but when my mates came through I started to dry reach and leant on the wall hitting the switch that activated the still exposed flush /fan. Within a split second there wasn’t a square inch of that pristine bathroom that wasn’t covered in shit, except of course for two human outlines on one wall. It was everywhere and we were covered from head to toe. We both calmly walked through the boat and past the magazine woman in the galley who promptly threw up in the sink. We carried on to the back of the boat and jumped into the sea to wash and let thing cool down a bit. While we were in the water listening to the yelling on board my mate said “gee that woman’s got a soft gut hasn’t she?” We did help clean up and that was the end of our trip.

 

Author: Spearo DAD Don

 

NSP:128 The Path Of The Jedi – Mike Pooler & Joe D’Agostino

NSP:128 The Path Of The Jedi – Mike Pooler & Joe D’Agostino

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The Path Of The Jedi – The Benthic Boys – Mike Pooler & Joe D’Agostino

The Path Of The Jedi – The Benthic Boys – Mike Pooler & Joe D’Agostino | Mike Pooler is the owner/operator of Benthic Ocean Sports in Destin, Florida; and Joe D’Agostino is his chief Freediving Instructor International (FII) Instructor there. Additionally, Benthic Ocean Sports services all freediving Spearo needs for the Florida Panhandle and South-East US with the highest quality hardware from all over the world. These guys are an FII-accredited institution and are absolute legends! They instruct Levels 1 & 2, a Waterman Survival Course, and a Spearfishing Course, among many others that they do privately for some of the military folks in the FL panhandle.

Mike and Joe are seasoned Spearos and have had some *seriously* impressive Pelagics on the other end of their spearguns! These guys shoot some of the largest and most epic fish available in Gulf of Mexico waters, and his Chief Instructor Joe D’Agostino instructs and travels throughout the freediving and spearfishing community worldwide. We’re sure you’re going to enjoy this conversation!

 

Benthic Ocean Sports


 

Important Times

11:00 Early Obstacles

14:00 What is “Benthic”?

15:00 How did you get involved and put together as a Freediving Shop?

16:00 The Path Of The Jedi

22:00 Favorite species to hunt…tune in for the Panhandle’s most desirable species

27:00 FL Panhandle’s Freedive Spearo Club – Agua Verdes

30:00 Tough situations out in Blue Water

44:00 Veterans Vault: Dyneema vs Mono | Timber vs Pipe | Equipment Discussion

  • Americans with wood guns and mono…what are you guys doing?
  • The Benthic Boys think Dyneema is the right stuff – why?
  • Line memory – what is it?
  • Critical knots to use and why.
  • “Game Changer” – what’s a quick-disconnect knot and why’s it important?
  • Line management and tangles
  • Reels vs. Floatlines
  • Reel Gun safety – Tension, tension, tension!
  • Don’t be married to your equipment – “You can buy a new gun, you can’t buy a new Mike!”
  • The importance of education and safety within the freedive spearfishing community
  • Best Buddy Practices – “Finality is Reality”
  • Minimum safety requirements – One up-One down, learn your buddy’s “dive profile”
  • Courses offered at Benthic Ocean Sports (FII Levels 1 and 2, Waterman Course, Spearfishing Course
  • The mental and physical benefits to spearfishing

80:00 Spearo Q&A

  • What separates you from other spearos?
  • What is the spearfishing destination you’d most like to visit?
  • Most influential person in your spearfishing journey?

Connect with Mike Pooler & Joe D’Agostino at Benthic Ocean Sports @

Check out Joe's official FII Instructor Profile

 

 

 

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NSP:127 Marine Science for Spearfishing

NSP:127 Marine Science for Spearfishing

Interview with 4 Marine Scientists

This chat is a panel interview with 4 people passionate and highly educated in Marine Science. We chat about fish fecundity, parasites, equilibrium, threats to the ocean, and best of all, how you can get involved making our oceans healthier. Listen in to a great yarn:)

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The PANEL;

  • Irene Middleton: Currently completing a PHD in Marine Biology. Specialist in Weird and Unusual Fish Species Research. What’s that fish FB Group in New Zealand.
  • Libby Liggins: Lecturer at Massey University. Also spears a wee bit. Marine Biologist.
  • David Aguirre: Libby’s Husband: Invertebrates Geek. Spearo as well. Marine Biologist.
  • Blair Herbert: Fish Nerd and gatherer of weird and wonderful species.
  • Isaac aka Shrek (Host): Hopefully asks a few good questions:)

Marine Science for spearfishing Interview

Important Times

04:30 Personal Introductions, Specialties & Passions

09:00 Whats that Fish Facebook Group | tracking fish species and range data using crowdsourced info

13:55 Aging fish. Otoliths and other methods

16:30 How Marine Scientists like Libby, Irene and David collect and collate the data

18:20 What are the changes Scientists are observing in the ocean and its inhabitants?

21:30 Purple Urchin | Decimated Tasmanian Abalone. The Kina/Sea Urchin Barren Phenomena

28:30 Basic Marine Biology Concepts

  • Equilibrium and Marine Ecosystems
  • The Food Chain in the Marine Environment
  • Governance and how people interact with the ocean

33:10 How can spearos get more involved in helping good ocean management?

  • Join your local Whats that Fish or Redmap and share your catch information

36:30 Shifting Baseline Phenomena

39:00 Researching Bait

45:30 Parasites and Disease in Fish and Marine Species

57:35 What do Marine Scientists think are the biggest threats to the Marine Environment?

62:30 Where can people connect with you guys

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NSP:126 Ed Martin Florida Keys Killshot Craftsman

NSP:126 Ed Martin Florida Keys Killshot Craftsman

Interview with Ed Martin

This episode covers spearfishing in the Florida Keys. We chat species, hydrography, conditions, and more. Ed Martin is a speargun craftsman and Freedive Instructor based in Isla Morada. Listen in!

Ed Martin Florida Keys Spearfishing. Interview with Killshot Craftsman

Important Times

03:50 Ed Martin Introduction and Background. Crappy gear, Angola & Barracuda

12:45 Massive discussion about Sharks, Shark Shields, Body Language and Tales!

21:15 Popular boats for spearfishing in Florida

23:15 Most Memorable Fish | Mangrove Snapper

28:00 What is something that scared the crap out of you and what did you takeaway from it?

‘We don’t rise to the level of our expectation, we fall to the level of our training.”

31:00 The relaxation Conversation!

36:00 Veterans Vault: Spearfishing in the Florida Keys

50:00 How to make a Poke

63:00 Funniest Moments out Spearfishing

69:00 Whats in your spearfishing dive bag?

82:00 Spearo Q&A

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NSP:125 Jerry Guerra Neptonics Madman | Geeking out on Gear

NSP:125 Jerry Guerra Neptonics Madman | Geeking out on Gear

Interview with Jerry Guerra

In this interview with Neptonics madman Jerry Guerra we get right into equipment. We chat speargun components, rigging FO-Pars & points of difference, proprietary Neptonics gear and more. But it’s not limited to equipment. Jerry has a very effective style for explaining core hunting strategies and ideas and I learned a sh#t tonne. This interview is killer. Listen in and Subscribe!

Neptonics is a brand well know for high quality spearfishing equipment. They specialize in high grade speargun components and have their own patented and unique equipment. Jerry Guerra’s journey started with his own shop in 2004 and eventually he joined forces with Neptonics and became an owner of the business. Learn more at neptonics.com

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Jerry Guerra Neptonics Madman | Geeking out on Spearfishing Gear. King Mackerel

Jerry Guerra with King Mackerel

Important Times

3:00 Jerry Guerra Introduction and Background. The Old Man & the Sea and Boy Scouts of America

9:50 Starting to spearfish deep. How it all started

12:00 Spearfishing equipment preparation

17:00 The spearfishing hunting journey to mastery

  • The cone of death. Dropping within a 30ft span of your target fish or structure.
  • Reducing profile. Less intimidation for fish, increased hydrodynamic efficiency
  • Increasing deeper diving accuracy and economy
  • The rock bottom hunting technique. Allowing the fish to relax and return

Jerry Guerra Neptonics Madman | Geeking out on Spearfishing Gear. Grouper

30:00 Boating reconnaissance and building skills for finding new ground

34:00 Memorable Fish | Black Grouper Behemoth

39:00 Blackout Story | How he survived and what he learned

46:30 Geeking out on Spearfishing Equipment

“No one will take care of your gear like you will” – Jerry Guerra

  • Different style Mechs | pros and cons
  • Are there some common issues people have with DIY speargun upgrades?
  • Triggers and handles. Pulling shot issues
  • Safety | Do or Do not have
  • Shafts | preferences
  • Tom asks “A question that I spent a lot of time researching was how to eliminate points of failure, what kind of knots, bungee connected to gun or float, what gauge shark clips, better options for shooting line bungee, basically how do you make connections as fail safe as possible?”
  • Dyneema vs Mono shaft to speargun line aka shooting line pros and cons
  • Muffling noise, parts and accessories?
  • Spectra, dyneema, monofilament, stainless wire. Uses and application
  • Essential 3-4 knots every spearo should learn. Where to learn and where and when to use them
  • Floatline material | PVC, Vinyl, (+spectra fusion – Riffe float lines), thermoplastic, poly lines. Application for each
  • Reels? How and what application should they have?
  • Breakaway setups | Key adjustments to make and changes to your hunting
  • Shark Clips vs D-Shackles
  • What setup did you use to capture a 280+lb fish?
  • Floatline Clutch | Utility

Jerry Guerra Neptonics Madman | Geeking out on Spearfishing Gear. African Pompano

90:00 Planning and preparing for international spearfishing trips

  • Spearfishing Equipment checklist for trips by Jerry Guerra from Neptonics
  • Chlorophyll
  • Warm water plumes and Wahoo behaviour
  • Wahoo hunting technique | racing the fish to mimic the competition drive for bait

99:30 Funniest Moment out Spearfishing | Hunting MahiMahi naked

101:20 Spearo Q&A

  • What is the single biggest lesson youve learned
  • Who is your fav person to go diving with and why?
  • What is something you do a little different than everyone else?

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NSP:124 Valentine Thomas Making a Living Spearfishing

NSP:124 Valentine Thomas Making a Living Spearfishing

NSP:124 Valentine Thomas Making a Living Spearfishing | Part 2

Second Interview with Valentine Thomas! This episode we cover what’s happened to her in the last 5 years including guesting on the Joe Rogan Podcast, attending international fishing symposiums, moving to Florida, shooting a huge Marlin and her very own cookbook. You know pretty much just your average person’s last 5 year story:) In addition, we review some safety issues, sustainability, and so much more. Listen in!

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Valentine Thomas Black Marlin taken spearfishing

Valentine Thomas with the Black Marlin mentioned in the interview

Important Interview Times

06:00 How her perspective and life has changed since our last podcast

  • What has changed? Events, discoveries along the way
  • International Symposium of Fisheries Sustainability, organized by the FAO of the United Nations in Rome.
  • New life in Florida | French Fish and Seafood Cookbook
  • How has that been reflected in her life, choices, and habits
  • Confronting attitudes and dealing with BS
  • Freediving and spearfishing progress. Marlin in Cabo, Baja
  • Fish handling | reducing fresh water to clean the fish before bagging or vacuum packing

 

Valentine Thomas spearfishing Marlin

19:00 Her work in fighting against certain commercial practices

  • RECENT INSTA POST: Markets and fishing | making better choices and influencing others. Perceived value
  • Seafood labeling and carbon monoxide
  • WASTE: Valentine POST on INSTA: Fisheries are discarding and wasting around 10 BILLIONS pounds every year (conservative estimate!). Why is that?
  • 1 – To comply with regulations. If they fish over their quotas or if they accidentally caught species they aren’t supposed to (by-catch)
  • 2 – The market value of the fish caught is too low
  • This is why varying our diet and why the variety of species we consume is so important. We create the demand, consequently the market
  • Nefarious practices | impinging on National waters, people smuggling
  • Inequality of fishing laws, fishing law enforcement and some countries inability to police their own waters
  • Traceability and Seafood Labeling | Ecolabels
  • Lionfish – Invasive Problem | Creating consumer demand, incentivizing restaurants and changing public perceptions
  • Also countries with very well managed fisheries now importing a huge percentage of their national seafood intake from poorer countries with less well managed fisheries
  • Aquaculture. Seems to be an amazing idea with lots of problems. Enclosed waterway nets of species like Yellowtail Kingfish cause damage with the volume of fecal matter and also seem to attract disease whereas open ocean fish farming seems to mean large nets can be broken off in storms and become ghost nets and lose their capital investment in the equipment.
  • Reduced Transport Footprints | Additionally, why do people in Australia demand fish from 1000’s of km away when they have amazing fish on their doorstep. Very short shelf life
  • Different forms of fishing and how they impact the environment. Harvesters (Oysters), purse seine, long-lining, trawling
  • Helping bleeding hearts understand the place and utility of commercial fishing and using quota to ensure stocks are maintained.
  • Using the whole fish | sharing the good stuff with others and promoting good practice

56:50 The Blackout Story from the SinkPhase crew

 

64:52 Captain Dan Walsh Speargun Story

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NSP:123 DIY Wooden Speargun 101 | Ed Martin

NSP:123 DIY Wooden Speargun 101 | Ed Martin

The Timber Speargun Build Episode

From concept to shooting fish with Ed Martin from Killshot Spearguns

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Important Times

03:30 Ed Martin from Killshot Spearguns Introduction and all about the Florida Keys (his store is in Islamorada).

  • Geography
  • Water Temps
  • Depths and bottom structure
  • Seasonal issues
  • Common species

DIY Timber Speargun. DIY woodie speargun. Ed Martin Killshot Spearguns with African Pompano

16:00 The rationale behind this Wooden Speargun DIY build episode + Ed Martins spearfishing background and the Killshot Speargun story

23:25 Errol “What are the pros/cons of Wood VS Pipe speargun in your mind?

Duncan Henderson also asks “Why do you choose to work with wooden guns? whats the advantages in your opinion?”

DIY Timber Speargun. DIY woodie speargun. Ed Martin Killshot Spearguns how to make your own speargun

27:50 CONCEPTING AND PLANNING | Making your first speargun advice!

  • What are the crucial decisions to make before you start?
  • SearchingForTheEdge on the spearfishing Subreddit advised prospective gun builders that the number one key is to build your gun around your spear. Don’t try to build a gun and then later try to find a spear for it. It’s much easier and faster to buy the spear and use it for all the measurements. Is this good advice?
  • Sven Franklin “what is the ideal shaft overhang length as this varies from company to company and personal opinion among spearos?”
  • Joe Pedro “Enclosed track vs open track, how to decide which is best for certain fish targeting setups?”
  • Can we borrow or steal some ideas from the best manufacturers?

48:20 SPEARGUN MATERIALS

  • Composite vs Solid one piece?
  • Wood types? Mahogany, Sepo, Teak etc
  • Glue? Resin? Sealant? Epoxy? What is the difference?
  • Making a test gun
  • What components should I buy rather than make myself? How do you make these choices? Where is a good place for buying components?
  • To safety or not to safety?
  • What tools do I require? What tools do I desire? Clamps, jigsaw, dropsaw, mitresaw, cordless drill, gloves, plastic, straight edge, file, masking tape, rubber for relieving clamping pressure, tape measure, belt sander, verniers, small chisel, router, drill press

DIY Timber Speargun. DIY woodie speargun. Ed Martin Killshot Spearguns how to make your own speargun

66:15 How much time does it take to make a speargun?

69:00 Buoyancy and ballast | How do we work this out?

74:40 Daniel Mann “Why is oil a terrible choice to finish a timber speargun?”

79:00 Care and maintenance

80:30 Duncan also asks “What are the common problems with people’s homemade wooden guns?”

92:00 Rubber Powerbands

  • How often do you replace them?
  • Wishbones – the horror of metal wishbones

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NSP:122 NZ Trip Part 3 | Pub Yarn + Debrief

NSP:122 NZ Trip Part 3 | Pub Yarn + Debrief

Interview with Rosie Sharman, Blair Herbert and James Beckman

In early March, 2020 I traveled to New Zealand with James Beckman to chase fish at the Three Kings Islands. I was invited by Nat a few years ago to head over and this year (thanks to Patron listeners) I was able to make it happen! This episode is a trip debrief after 4 days on the water…. and 5 hours driving…..and at least 3 beers each:) Needless to say, it required a wee bit of editing. Thanks Pat;)

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Important Times

04:00 Introductions and thoughts on the New Zealand Three Kings experience

10:30 Rosie Sharman’s spearfishing journey

15:00 First dive at the Three Kings. The weather, islands and conditions

Rosie Sharman Isaac Shrek Daly Catching Crayfish Lobster Freediving in New Zealand. Three Kings Islands

Rosie and Shrek, Three Kings Crayfish

 

29:00 Mokohinau Islands, Pink MaoMao. Porae and NZ Snapper

35:30 Bait and Spearfishing

51:30 Rosie’s Raw Fish with Three Kings Trevally | Boat Surprise

 

James Beckman 33.5kg (74lb) Yellowtail Kingfish at the Three Kings Islands

James Beckman 33.5kg (74lb) Yellowtail Kingfish at the Three Kings Islands

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NSP:121 Rochele Davey the Kiwi Speara | NZ Part 2

NSP:121 Rochele Davey the Kiwi Speara | NZ Part 2

Interview with Rochele Davey (Potter)

Rochele Davey (Potter) is a multiple spearfishing world (and NZ) record holder for many species. I was privileged to spend 4 days with her, Nat (her husband), Rosie and James for a dynamite spearfishing trip in New Zealand. Late on the second day after diving all day, I sat down with Rochele and had the privilege of listening to her spearfishing journey. From adapting a purchase system on roller spearguns to being dragged behind a 107lb Yellowtail Kingfish through a dangerous channel, this interview has plenty of awesome moments! Listen in:)

This episode was recorded on the back deck of Florence Nightingale IV, a 60 Crayfishing Boat at the Three Kings Islands, New Zealand in early March, 2020. Thanks to Patron Listeners who funded this (and every) Noob Spearo trip!

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Important Times

05:00 Rochele Davey nee Potter introduction and greetings

11:40 A few of Rochele’s Spearfishing World Records. The story behind the 48.8KG (107 lb) Yellowtail Kingfish Battle

17:50 How the spearfishing journey began for Rochele

23:25 Beuchat Spearfishing Wetsuits | Orange Safety Spot feature

26:00 Rochele’s favourite species to hunt and how to hunt them effectively | New Zealand Snapper (Pagrus auratus)

30:00 Scariest Moments in the Ocean

36:15 Struggles learning to spearfish

  • Planning a hunt from the surface
  • Adopting a hunters finning technique
  • Working through speargun reloading and adopting a roller with a purchase system

49:45 Rochele’s Underwater Photography Journey

56:30 “Don’t feel you have to shoot the fish in the head. Just shoot it!”

Rochele Davey Roller Pulley Speargun | Massive Power, Easy Loading

Rochele Davey Roller Pulley System for easy to load, powerful spearguns

Rochele “Hey mate, couple of pics of my gun here. First one is in the loose position ready to load the bungy”

Roller Pulley System. Make speargun loading easy while still having massive power

“Loaded, so imagine the rubbers have been loaded onto the shaft and you’ve pulled the string through so the pulleys are close together. If you want less power because you’re shooting around reef just ease the cord a bit.” – Rochele

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NSP:120 New Zealand Trip | Part 1 Conservation, Social Media & Sharks

NSP:120 New Zealand Trip | Part 1 Conservation, Social Media & Sharks

Spearfishing Conservation with James, David , Etoile ‘ET’ and Blair | Conservation, Social Media & Sharks

This episode is an extremely wide ranging chat recorded on Blair Herbert’s Matakana porch. It was awesome to arrive in New Zealand and partake of Blair’s awesome hospitality and record this first interview at his place. The conversation focuses on Spearfishing Conservation and related topics but we digress…..a lot.

Blair is an avid spearo with a background is Fisheries Management. David Dupavillon is an experienced spearfishing guide and Splash Spearfishing Team Member. ET is knowledgeable and well researched in many facets of the worlds oceans and it’s inhabitants. She is currently completing a degree in Marine Biology and is a shark conservationist. James Beckman was my travel buddy and he’s also been a past guest on the show (listen here to learn more about him). Everyone loves spearfishing:)

I really enjoyed this chat and my entire trip to New Zealand in early March, 2020. Thank you to the PATRON listeners who made it happen!

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NSP:120 New Zealand Trip | Part 1 Conservation, Social Media & Sharks

Important Times

05:25 Introductions and background information

19:44 About New Zealand Spearfishing. Species, Biomass and Variety

25:00 Kina aka Sea Urchin | Pest or Delicacy?

30:17 Social Media and Spearfishing | Are we converting people to a better way of life?

38:38 Great fisheries initiatives | Melbourne Crayfish Tagging

47:30 Exploitation of people as slave labour on International Fishing Vessels

52:30 Sharks and Fishing | Why can’t we hunt them?

62:30 Fisheries Management | How could it be done better?

76:40 The Wholefish Cookbook by Josh Niland

96:20 Words of Wisdom

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Spearo Dads | Community Stories from Spearfishing Families

Spearo Dads | Community Stories from Spearfishing Families

Feature Stories from Fathers and Children Spearfishing

These posts come from the Noob Spearo Community on Facebook. Great stories of children being inducted into the spearfishing lifestyle!

 

 

Nick  “So my 13 year old feared the water, but with a little push and a lot of confidence I managed to get him to look into a lobster hole. Proud Dad 🤙”

Josh
  • Kid 1 – Liv (below left) She is keen as. She kept shooting high and missing. I told her to use both hands and aim lower than she thinks she needs to to compensate. She shot 4 fish in about 15 mins and we called it for the day. She was stoked.”
  • “Kid 2 – K (below middle) We went spear fishing. He was in a steamer. He got cold. His face is a mix of stoke and shivering.”
  • “Kid 3 – Lee (below right) This guy is the only other person in the family (besides the dog) who likes lobster and he is mad keen to start diving for them. I’ve had to slow him down a bit and say “let’s get really confident with snorkeling first” but all he wants to do is grab lobsters. This pic is of a “lobster diving training trip” and no lobsters were harmed on this trip”

Blair “I haven’t had a chance for any father/kid yarns yet, due to the mini still incubating. Little bugger already has a better breath hold than me. Run this comp again in about 5/6 years?”
Nathan “Here’s my daughter Jess (below) with a Banded Wrasse (pending record) we looked through the NZ records and found a shallow species that she could target with a good chance of getting it. While in Wellington on holiday we got out to Kapiti Island and I got Jess in the water we swam into the shallows where Jess was comfortable diving and with 6-8m viz the conditions were nice and we saw a couple straight away, I went to find a couple of Kina to break open and while I was grabbing them Jess dived down and shot it! She was stoked and and at 1.26kg it was her biggest fish to date. It was a proud Dad moment for me and it was great for her confidence in the water. 5 mins later I snooped a snapper in the shallows as well which I was stoked with. Spearfishing is a great way to spend time with kids you develop there confidence and they learn about the marine environment I encourage every parent to spend time with their kids in the water and watch their confidence grow.”
 

Ole “Haven’t slept or been in the water in half a year..”

 

Eric “Boys love the dive gear and spearguns, but are also my biggest barrier to diving. As they get older it’ll get easier. Wife will always be a barrier to diving 😂”

 
Joe “Something I’ll never forget: 9yrs ago a landlord, one day vented to me a story from +40yrs ago about him & his 21yr old son abalone diving off the Mendocino coast..
I unknowingly felt we had a special bond since I had at the time recently been introduced to ab diving, & when I returned home he would always ask about the experience & make conversation..
He had ab dove for years prior to introducing his son @ age 16 or so. He lost his sons life in his arms one day after a typical shore dive when son fell off of a cliff on the climb up the rock bluffs.. Now As a father of 2yrold twins & a 4yrold, I continue to realize how our connection was so great, he was re-living diving memories through me. I cannot fathom how detrimental such an impact to the heart is on a father.

On a less tear eyed note: 11yrs ago I was introduced to freediving on the north coast by a father & son..I have been welcomed with open arms into their dive oriented family, & truly feel the love & joy it holds within its depths. I have witnessed growth & memories first hand in their bond & cherish them like they’re my own, since I lack having an elder to experience that core connection with. Note: my dad died @ 69 when I was 7, & is buried alongside my family In Mendocino looking over the north coast coincidentally. Sorry I have no pics relevant to my story, I share only a personal heartfelt feeling for a diver & the never ending love for his son, & the personal appreciation I have for a father & son whom brought me into the wonderful self-meditation world of acting like a fish, to eat fish! I can’t say how excited I am to dive with my kids one day, & create a bond that only the aquatic world herself can accomplish!
Keep them safe out there, they’re all we have to comfort the insane world upon us.”
Dan “First blue water dive for my young fella. A big bust up of tuna pop up right near the boat and he gets so excited that he rushes from the front of the boat to the back.
Knocks the float line, which then dislodges the gun and he runs into the spear point.
6” higher and I would have had myself a teenage daughter 😬”
I hope this post has encouraged you to take your kids spearfishing!
Join the Noob Spearo Community on Facebook and share the stoke:)
New Zealand Spearfishing Clubs Directory

New Zealand Spearfishing Clubs Directory

New Zealand Spearfishing Clubs

Spearfishing New Zealand: Website | Facebook |

About: If you live in New Zealand and have an interest in spearfishing you should find information here to support that. Our aim is to look after and reflect the interests of all spearfishers and spearfishing clubs throughout NZ.

Auckland

  • Name of club: Auckland Freediving Club
  • Location: Auckland
  • Contact details:  Website | Facebook
  • Size: (how many active members?) Unknown
  • Summary of club activity: A mix of competitive freediving and spearfishing. Pool training at least twice a week and depth training once a week during summer (and more if you get a key to the lake storage container).  Occasional spearfishing / freediving trips.  great place to learn and push yourself in an environment with a focus on safety.  AIDA 2 star and 3 star courses are also offered from time to time.

Auckland

  • Name of club: Bluefins Spearfishing Club
  • Location: Auckland
  • Contact details:  Facebook
  • Size: (how many active members?)
  • Summary of club activity:  A good group of spearos (relationship with AFC above)

Hamilton

  • Name of club: Waikato Dairy Divers
  • Location: Hamilton
  • Contact details:  Unknown
  • Size: (how many active members?)
  • Summary of club activity: A mix of competitive freediving and spearfishing. Regular pool training and depth too.

Palmerston North

  • Name of club: Breathtakers Freediving Club
  • Location: Palmerston North
  • Contact details:  Unknown
  • Size: (how many active members?)
  • Summary of club activity: Freediving focused with a little bit of spearfishing.

Wellington

  • Name of club: Lazy Seals
  • Location: Wellington
  • Contact details:  Website | Facebook |
  • Summary of club activity: NZs oldest freediving club.  Has some of our top NZ resident freedivers as members (and a couple of good spearos too …).

South Island

  • Name of club: South Island Spearfishing and Freediving Club
  • Location: Train in Christchurch
  • Contact details:  Unknown
  • Size: (how many active members?)
  • Summary of club activity: Some hardcore spearos decided to form a club for the South Island and do regular freediving pool training, arrange spearo trips and also spearo competitions.  I know they train regularly in Christchurch and have also possibly been looking at other places like Nelson too.  They’ve got a good focus on both safety and spearing.

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USA Spearfishing Clubs Directory

USA Spearfishing Clubs Directory

USA Spearfishing Clubs

California (Northern California)

  • Name of Club: NorCal Underwater Hunters
  • Location: North Coast California
  • Contact details: Website
  • Size: ?
  • Summary of club activity: Diving forum dedicated to the North Coast of California

California (Monterey)

  • Name of club: Monterey Bay Tritons
  • Location: Monterey, California (USA)
  • Contact details: Website | Facebook: | Instagram
  • Size: 47 paid members so far for 2019
  • Summary of club activity: The Monterey Bay Tritons are a freedive spearfishing club located in Monterey Bay, California. We are dedicated to safe and conservation minded spearfishing along our amazing coast line. The Tritons welcome the knowledge of all experience levels and if you are interested in freediving, spearfishing and underwater photography, you are invited to come and meet the Tritons at one of our many club dive days.

California (L.A)

  • Name of club: Los Angeles Fathomiers
  • Location: Southern California
  • Contact details: Website | Facebook | Instagram
  • Size: 80+
  • Summary of club activity: The Los Angeles Fathomiers skindiving club is one of the oldest and most active competitive spearfishing clubs in California. It was organized in early 1957 as primarily a freediving club devoted to the art of spearfishing. The Fathomiers is a club that welcomes individual divers who enjoy learning the specialized skill of underwater hunting and the selective and conservative taking of game. The club name is widely known throughout the diving world. Underwater hunting with the emphasis on spearfishing, including hunting for white seabass, yellowtail, tuna, halibut, etc., together, with the selective taking of lobsters and abalone and just plain diving for fun are the fundamental activities of the club. A number of Fathomiers are widely renowned for their contributions to the sport, while others are holders of all time big game spearfishing records. Their reputations and incredible achievements speak for themselves. Looking at the all-time record holders for selected species of fish one will see a considerable number of Fathomiers names. We are widely recognized for our participation in organized competitive spearfishing events locally, nationally and internationally. The Fathomiers welcome divers of all levels of experience and hold a regular monthly membership meeting on the second Thursday evening of the month.

California (Oceanside California)

  • Name of club: North County Depth Finders
  • Location: Oceanside California
  • Contact details:  Website | Facebook | Instagram
  • Size: 60-80 members
  • Summary of club activity: The Depth Finders were established in 2013 to build the community of Freedivers between Southern San Diego and Orange County. Safety and Sustainability is our goal when enjoying this sport in our waters. If you’re looking to meet divers to split gas on your boat, plan a dive trip, or just kick out to the kelp, cruise by! Please join us at our monthly meetings to share a beer and tell your story. We meet every second Thursday of the month to discuss anything from offshore diving to techniques of hunting your next trophy fish.

Florida

  • Name of club: Agua Verdes
  • Location: Louisiana (From the Florida Panhandle to Louisiana)
  • Contact details:  Website |Instagram | Facebook Group
  • Size: 42 members
  • Summary of club activity: Agua Verdes was formed to connect like-minded freedivers in an organized club to share knowledge, plan trips and training sessions, host annual tournaments and promote safe freediving and spearfishing. The club includes freedivers from the Florida Panhandle to Louisiana. We keep an up-to-date records board and photo gallery so be sure to check those out and see who’s shooting the biggest fish in the club.

Florida

  • Name of club: South Florida Freedivers
  • Location: Miami, Florida
  • Contact details:  Website | Facebook | Instagram
  • Size: 80+
  • Summary of club activity: South Florida Freedivers is the largest Freediving Club in South Florida! We raise money for local charities through fun spearfishing tournaments and club rendezvous. Our club meets monthly and features guest speakers on all subjects related to spearfishing, freediving and the ocean. Meetings are held every 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:30 PM in various locations (check our Instagram page for updates), all spearos and freedivers are welcome!!

Gulf of Mexico

  • Name : Gulf Coast Freedivers
  • Location : Gulf of Mexico (Currently from Texas to Tampa, Florida)
  • Contact Details : https://www.facebook.com/groups/2366715190218145/?ref=share
  • Size : 338 members currently
  • Summary : We are a Facebook group for Freedivers and Spearos along the Coast of the Gulf of Mexico. We spearfish the Gulf and dive in the fresh water springs in Florida. We have spring group diving trips and clean ups.

 

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Australia Spearfishing Clubs Directory

Australia Spearfishing Clubs Directory

Australia Spearfishing Clubs

Sydney

  • Name of Club: San Souci Dolphins
  • Location: 
  • Contact details: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Size: 60+ active members
  • Summary of club activity: Long list of experienced divers, welcomes new divers, regular competitions and meetings.

Sydney

  • Name of club: Port Hacking Penguins Spearfishing Club
  • Location: Port Hacking, South Sydney (meetings at Gymea Tradies Club 7pm third Tuesday of every month)
  • Contact details:  Website | Facebook | Instagram 
  • Size: 30+
  • Summary of club activity: Our club caters to all levels of spearfishing from beginner, to the experienced and junior through to the Master diver. We all love the ocean and the diversity it offers. We have a great and experienced member base and we are keen to share our knowledge with our new members. As a member of our club, you can then also become a member of the Underwater Skindivers and Fisherman’s Association (USFA) which will get you insurance when you dive. They are the spearfishing state body that looks after our insurance and works tirelessly to maintain and keep our fishing areas open. The Port Hacking Penguins are affiliated with the USFA and are involved in Sydney spearfishing competitions and social events throughout the year.

Sydney (North Shore)

  • Name of club: North Shore Underwater Club
  • Location: Sydney (Northern Beaches)
  • Contact details: Website |  | Private club facebook page
  • Size: 80+ members
  • Summary of club activity: Monthly club meetings, training presentation at every meeting, friendly competitions, plenty of newbies, all welcome!

Sydney (St George)

  • Name of club: St George Dragons Spearfishing Club
  • Location: Royal Motor Yacht Club Port Hacking, Woolooware 2230. (Meetings 3rd Monday of every month from 7pm)
  • Contact Details: Website | Instagram | Facebook
  • Size: 80+ active members
  • Summary of Details: St George Dragons is one of Sydney’s oldest Spearfishing clubs having been established back in 1956 and is active in both Competition and Social Spearfishing. The club regularly competes in the Taylor Shield Spearfishing competition once a month and has a large social scene within the club. We regularly hold Social days at different locations to accommodate any level of diving and hold an inter club social competition which is far more relaxed than traditional competitions. We welcome any new divers no matter your experience to attend our meetings, join the club and enjoy spearfishing with great club of likeminded people

Coffs Harbour

  • Name of club: Coffs Harbour Bluewater Freedivers
  • Contact details: Facebook
  • Size: Small group of dedicated spearos
  • Summary of club activity: Usually dive from boats although we do have some good rock-hopping options. Host the Australian Bluewater Classic Competition.

Central Coast Sealions Club

  • Name of club: Central Coast Sealions Club
  • Location: Breakers Country Club, Dover Road Wamberal (Meetings 4th Thursday of every Month at 7:30pm)
  • Contact details: Facebook
  • Size: 30-40 Active Members
  • Summary of club activity: The Sealions are a very sociable club and participate is a large range of fun and social activities with about 30-40 active members.  Whether you are new to Spearfishing or snorkel ling we would be happy to show you how to dive and spearfish safely. We also host one of the oldest spearfishing competitions in Australia, the Annual Canada Cup out of Terrigal every February as well as monthly Club competitions. We offer Social Memberships for those who are more interested in the social aspect of diving.

Newcastle

  • Name of club: The Newcastle Neptunes
  • Location: Newcastle, NSW.
  • Contact: Website | Facebook | Instagram
  • Size: 30-40 active members.
  • Summary: The Newcastle Neptunes is one of the oldest spearfishing club in the country and boasts a membership active in both competitive and social spearfishing. The club holds monthly meetings along with a number of competitions each year including the Australian Pacific Coast Championships, many members also attend various major competitions up and down the coast. We also hold a number of local and away social events each year along with an annual challenge competition for those unable to attend or less inclined towards traditional competitions. Whether you’re looking to dive into competition spearfishing or just meet up with some like minded people the Neptunes is a pretty good place to be!

Perth

  • Name of club: West Australian Undersea Club (WAUC)
  • Location: Perth
  • Contact details: Website
  • Size: 350+ active members
  • Summary of club activity: Oldest Spearfishing Club in Western Australia. Welcomes new divers, regular competitions and meetings

Cairns

  • Name of club: Cairns Spearos / Cairns Underwater Association
  • Location: Cairns
  • Contact details: Website | Facebook | Instagram
  • Size: 60+active members
  • Summary of club activity: Annual spearfishing competition, recently hosted the Queensland spearfishing championship, monthly meets, tilapia days, social comps, meet and greets for people interested in finding out more about joining.

Mackay

  • Name of club: Mackay Down Under Skindiving Club
  • Location: Mackay
  • Contact details: Facebook | Instagram
  • Size: 50+
  • Summary of club activity: The MDUSC club has been low key for the past few years but with a group of keen younger people getting on board the last year we are hoping to get the club out there and see how many like minded spearos we can find in our area. We host club meetings once a month. We run club dive days when weather permits. All year running comp for members. The club hosts the annual Cloughy Challenge. Come and join us on Facebook or Instagram!

Townsville

  • Name of club: Townsville Skindiving Club
  • Location: Townsville
  • Contact details: Website | Facebook | Instagram
  • Size: 40+active members
  • Summary of club activity: Hosts to the annual North Queensland Bluewater Invitational, NQBI. Have hosted several Qld Titles competitions and many NQld Titles.Consists of many very experienced members, past Australian champs and several time Australian representative spearfishermen. We run twice weekly pool training sessions often lead by certified freediving instructors.We meet on the first Tuesday of the month to discuss club activities, spearfishing, freediving, and photography, and are always happy to welcome fresh faces.Get in touch with us via our social media.

Melbourne

  • Name of club: Club Spearfish
  • Location: Melbourne
  • Contact details:
  • Facebook
  • Size: 60+ active members
  • Summary of club activity: We meet at ocean suits in Hallam on the first Thursday of every month. Free BBQ and get together, dive equipment raffles, talk about conditions, catches, trips and more. We discuss fishing regulations and changes in the area + organize club dives.

South Australia

  • Name of club: Gulf Skindivers South Australia
  • Location: Adelaide
  • Contact details:  Facebook Instagram 
  • Size: 70 active financial members
  • Summary of club activity: Gulf Skindivers is a South Australian spearfishing club which enjoys Safe, Sustainable, and Selective spearfishing in many of SA’s waters. From local Adelaide waters to KI, South East, Yorke Peninsula, offshore islands, and the remote West Coast. The majority of our diving is conducted in either Gulf St Vincent, or Spencer Gulf, hence the name Gulf Skindivers South Australia.
    While we enjoy the thrill of catching fish, sustainability and caring for the environment is also very important to us.

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NSP:119 Barret Harvey African Spearfishing Diaries

NSP:119 Barret Harvey African Spearfishing Diaries

Interview with Barret Harvey | African Spearfishing Diaries

This interview with Barret Harvey starts off with the background behind several recent videos on the ‘African Spearfishing Diaries’ YouTube Channel. I was curious as I had seen the 2-3 of his latest videos and they are froth-makers. He has continued to pump out a new 8-12 minute spearfishing vid every week. We also chat about locations and species with plenty of practical tips and ideas along the way. At the 59 minute mark we get right into the skillset required to become a spearfishing videographer. Listen in and subscribe.

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Barret Harvey African Spearfishing Diaries in the water

A Bit About Barret Harvey

Barret Harvey is a South African spearo probably best well know as the creator of African Spearfishing Diaries. He started Spearfishing at 15 years of age when he moved from Johannesburg to Durban on the east coast of South Africa. He has been spearing for 29 years. Barret first filmed himself and others spearing when he was 21. So he has been filming Spearfishing for around 25 years. He’s married and now lives and dives in Qatar in the Middle East. He works on a live broadcast team as the specialist Drone pilot but works on both drone and camera for most sports.

Important Moments

04:18 Barret Harvey Introduction

07:00 All About African Spearfishing Diaries

12:00 Spearfishing French Polynesia

37:00 Favorite Spearfishing Hunting Technique

41:30 Shot placement discusion

47:50 What has been your toughest moment in the water?

Barret Harvey African Spearfishing Diaries. IIfafa Point Daga 38Kg

Barret Harvey with IIfafa Point Daga 38Kg

59:00 How to Make a Living as a Spearfishing Photographer

  1. Diving Competence
  2. Camera Equipment and Application within the Spearfishing environment.
  3. Production Skills
  4. Customer Skills and Safety | Building Trust
  5. Defining Roles
  6. Working with Professional Guides
  7. Ultimate Goals and Longevity
  8. Passion and Belief

Equipment Bag

98:00 Funniest Moment out Spearfishing

103:00 What’s in your Divebag?

105:00 Spearo Q&A

Connect With Barret Harvey African Spearfishing Diaries

Interview with Barret Harvey | African Spearfishing Diaries

Noob Spearo Partners + Promotions

NSP:118 Ricardo Raposo |  The BrasiloSpearo

NSP:118 Ricardo Raposo | The BrasiloSpearo

The Noob Spearo Podcast – Interview with Ricardo Raposo | The BrasiloSpearo

This episode covers Ricardo’s spearfishing experience from soup to nuts. Ranging from his Father teaching him some original spearo concepts to tossing his children a mask and snorkel, you’ll have to listen to learn about everything in-between!

Big thanks to Ricardo for sharing his spearfishing experience with the NS community!

Important Moments

05:00 Introduction

Rio De Janeiro, and what being a spear there implicates. His father is a prominent figure in his early spearfishing experiences! Ricardo has been spearing since about 10 years old! He’s currently passing on the talent to his daughter starting with a snorkeling trip to Mexico in Playa Del Carmen! If we could all be so lucky to have a Pops like that!

10:00 Early struggles spearfishing

  • Learning hunting techniques – practice, trial, and error
  • Diving in an informed location – marine conservation in Brazil is relatively new
  • Learned early on to look for groups of spearos – a tip from Noob Spearo!
  • Learning how to hunt Parrotfish!
  • Learning how to deal with sharks…!

26:00 Memorable catches

The fish I’m most proud of, a hunt in Indonesia, staying at a Surf Resort. Giant Trevally, no reel, no buoy, the fish was pulling me down. It was an absolutely epic fight! Ricardo also enjoys hunting (and eating) Grouper; they’re a big target species in Brazil.

35:00 Veterans Vault: The Importance of Being Safe

  • “I never knew about the risks involved when I started, but listening to other spearos and spearo communities has really informed me about how unsafe my diving actually was.”
    • Keeping the snorkel out of mouth during dives
  • Tips
    • Concentration and rest – “When it’s too easy, it’s time to stop”
    • Meditate/relax prior to, and during dives. Lower your heart rate.
    • Proper knife positioning is important – you never know when you’ll have difficulty accessing your tools during a dive
  • Always dive with safety-conscious buddies! Even though we always know we are supposed to do so, we often slip into bad habits
  • Pay attention to your bottom times, and always, *always* exercise proper top time
  • Sustainability – a proper code of ethics is always a good idea. Look after your environment, pick up after yourself, and above all be a good steward of wildlife and natural resources
  • Be selective about hunting, follow your instincts and only shoot what’s legal and proper
  • Use the whole fish (Whole fish cookbook made by some blokes in AUS)

52:00 Equipment Bag

New Hammerhead Mask w/GoPro mount on the top. Had some issues initially, but I finally got it working properly. Composite OMER fins, generic dive knives, and recently got a new gun. RIFFE travel gun that deconstruct with a threaded shaft that also comes apart.

57:00 Connecting with Ricardo

Find me on Instagram!

Noob Spearo Partners + Promotions

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  • 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 free diver.  Additionally, learn the proven strategies competitive free divers use to strengthen their performance.
  • Equalization Masterclass – If you are free diver 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 Frenzel 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:117 Catherine Sayce | New Zealand’s most disqualified spearfisherwoman

NSP:117 Catherine Sayce | New Zealand’s most disqualified spearfisherwoman

Interview with Catherine Sayce

Catherine Sayce is a Kiwi airline attendant/insta speara star renown for her sharp sense of humour and self-deprecating wit. She’s also New Zealand most disqualified female spearo – and we talk about how to avoid this in the Veterans Vault and have some good laughs along the way. Listen out for some great info on hunting Wahoo. Download this episode on your app of choice and find 116 similar episodes right here.

Catherine Sayce Spearfisherwoman

Links Mentioned in this Episode

Catherine Sayce Spearfisherwoman Interview Guide + time stamps

08:00 Catherine meet and greet. Background and banter

11:30 Introduction to spearfishing. “Grabbing my fear by the balls” – Catherine Sayce

Catherine Sayce Spearfisherwoman. Making the best of it - Spearfishing

Making the best of it – Catherine Sayce

15:00 Awesome dive buddies

15:40 International spearfishing trips | Forrest Gallante

24:00 Most Memorable Fish Capture | Wahoo – get closer!

“(With Wahoo) Don’t make eye contact with the fish but check out all the detail in the fish’s eye (to make sure you are close enough to shoot)” – Catherine Sayce

Catherine Sayce Spearfisherwoman. Wahoo Spearfishing

Catherine Sayce Wahoo

32:00 “What does THOT mean?” Duncan Henderson

34:20 What is the toughest situation you’ve had out spearfishing?

44:00 Veterans Vault: Avoiding Disqualification in Spearfishing Competitions

  • Paying attention at briefing
  • Monitoring times (particularly time back at ramp, time at briefing)
  • Time management (wear a dive watch)
  • Read the competition rules

51:00 Fish Identification | Learning the species, the rules and regulations governing their capture. Also how to identify in water and spend the time to correctly identify the fish before squeezing the trigger

55:00 Shark Controversy Discussion

62:00 Funniest Moment Spearfishing | Poo Rock and Prizes

65:00 What’s in your spearfishing dive bag?

68:00 Spearo Q&A

  • Who have been the most influential people in your spearfishing?
  • What is your next fish goal?

72:00 Concluding remarks and wisdom:)

Catherine Sayce Spearfisherwoman. New Zealand Snapper Spearfishing

Catherine Sayce with New Zealand Snapper (Pagrus auratus)

Connect with Catherine on Instagram @cattrin_

Noob Spearo Partners + Promotions

EVERY Online Immersion (Ted Harty) class available at  www.noobspearo.com/ted

  • 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 free diver.  Additionally, learn the proven strategies competitive free divers use to strengthen their performance.
  • Equalization Masterclass – If you are free diver 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 Frenzel 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:116 Adam Freediver Stern | Equalizing Masterclass

NSP:116 Adam Freediver Stern | Equalizing Masterclass

Interview with Adam Freediver Stern

Adam Freediver Stern is the Steve Irwin of freediving. His contagious enthusiasm has inspired thousands of people to discover the joy of freediving and freedive spearfishing. It was with much excitement that I got on this call with Adam and we had a great time exploring his freediving journey including his struggles overcoming the ‘hard charger’ mindset and dealing with the resulting issues. We also get into a heap of questions from the Noob Spearo Community and really get into equalizing issues. There is a tonne of info in the interview that smashed some of my ideas and I found this conversation sensational. Love to hear what you think about it in the comments!

Adam Stern lives on the Central Coast, NSW and is an Australian 8 x Australian freediving record holder.

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Adam Freediver Stern

Time Stamps

5:00 Welcome Adam to the show

9:00 What is the difference is between freediving and spearfishing?

11:00 Adam’s non-romantic but quite intriguing introduction to freediving

18:00 Adam Freediver Stern age:31

19:00 Overcoming the ‘Gung Ho’ and reprogramming the mind

30:00 Kurt “Can you give us a rundown on what the various freediving course levels are?”

37:30 Sven “How can we level out properly when at depth without causing issues of lung squeeze etc (leveling out at depth goes against everything we are taught to do for deeper dives)?”

39:30 Jason “Fantastic, I love Adam’s positivity and mindset. Maybe any questions regarding tips on how he enters a state of calmness during a dive to increase bottom time. I feel like I get caught up in the moment sometimes and get too erratic.”

Adam Freediver Stern on a line in competition

43:00 Discussion about Deepweek and what I think about it

45:40 Todd “Adam stern was and still is huge inspiration for it just myself, but everyone in our dive group SinkPhase. We all started out watching his YouTube videos and that’s how I learned to Frenzle. Some of us are part of his Patreon. Please thank him on our behalf of us. The dive group was talking about breathe ups we learned while getting certified. We all had a slightly different breathe up. I started with a 4/1/8/1 but went to a 3/1/10/1 after my course. What breathe up does he personally think works best? We are spearing if that changes it.”

52:50 Cameron “I suppose this is a pretty common question but would be interesting to hear Adams opinion: What can a beginner do to see the most improvement in their breath hold?”

56:40 Kyle “How can duck dive effectively with a gun in hand?”

58:00 Adams spearfishing life

Adam Freediver Stern - the "Steve Irwin" of freediving

73:00 Veterans Vault: Equalizing Masterclass

The Basics. What is equalizing and why do we need to do it?

  1. How to frenzal VIDEO GUIDE by Adam
  2. Handsfree equalizing VIDEO tutorial
  3. How to fix sinus issues VIDEO guide
  4. Fixing equalizing issues VIDEO guide
  5. MRI equalizing VIDEO
  • Most common equalizing issues and how to approach them.
  • What to do when one ear equalizes but one doesn’t.
  • Luke asks “I’ve been struggling with Sinus infection past few months. What is the best way to recover from Sinus / cold symptoms to get back out diving?”
  • Kelly “Hands free equalization. I got his course. I just can’t do it 😩”
  • How do you clean your ears?
  • How do you keep your ears ok for multi-day diving?

“Be patient with equalizing as you are trying to do something really weird with your muscles to do a really weird activity.” – Adam Stern

Adam Freediver Stern Noob Spearo Podcast Interview

98:00 What is one of the funniest things you’ve experienced out spearfishing or freediving?

102:00 Spearo Q&A

What does the spearfishing experience mean to you in one sentence?

Who has been the most influential person in your freediving journey so far?

What is the single best resource for spearfishing or freediving?

Connect with Adam Freediver Stern;

 

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EVERY Online Immersion (Ted Harty) class available at  www.noobspearo.com/ted

  • 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 free diver.  Additionally, learn the proven strategies competitive free divers use to strengthen their performance.
  • Equalization Masterclass – If you are free diver 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 Frenzel 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:115 Philip Van Zijl | “The Spearfishing Mafia”

NSP:115 Philip Van Zijl | “The Spearfishing Mafia”

The Noob Spearo Podcast – Interview with Philip Van Zijl

This episode of the Noob Spearo Podcast – Interview with Philip Van Zijl covers this legend’s spearfishing journey from the jump to competition diving starting in Cape Town, South Africa to New Zealand and plenty of places in between. He’s a champion of the sport, an absolute legend. He’s a major contributor to the spearfishing community, and a big proponent of paying it forward. Something he’s coined “The Spearfishing Mafia”. Our community, sport, and the hobby are niche. It’s even more niche than SCUBA diving. Take advantage of it, and build your network. 

Big thanks to Philip for taking the time to “pay it forward” on the Noob Spearo Podcast! 

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Time Stamps! 

10:00 Introduction

Philip Van Zijl began diving in Cape Town in 1968 at the young age of 16, without wetsuits and just basic gear taking the train to get to where he needed to be. Yellow tail, crayfish, and other good species were some of his earliest accomplishments, always a good feed! A master of limiting out on crayfish during his years in school. He even paid for a year of his time at university from the fruits of his diving! A strong proponent of speargun awareness, make sure you listen to find out why… 

Philip personally procured one of his 120cm spearguns from the legendary Rob Allen, what a story! Think you’re bad about keeping old gear? Philip still has his first catch bag he bought in the 60’s. 

26:00 Early struggles spearfishing

  • Personally, rigging your own speargun was a bit more difficult without YouTube…
  • “If you give out kindness, it comes back to you.” – Pay it forward!
  • Learning new spots, on your own – pays dividends later on!
  • Sharing your expertise, and knowledge, doesn’t necessarily mean sharing your spots
  • Proper weighting, weight secure locations (Harness vs. Belt)

31:35 Most memorable catch

His last dive in Tauranga, NZ with a mate who brought him to a secret honey hole. 15-20 meters visibility, perfect conditions. Kingfish, historically uncommon for the area but are making a comeback. He was diving with some friends, stomach started to sour, and then returned to the boat. After viewing a bait ball of Kahawai, he grabbed his gear and jumped back into the water. Viewing a school of Kingfish, he pulled the trigger and bagged a PB weighing in at approximately 27 kilos! To hear his second most memorable catch on a “popgun”, tune in to 35:43! 

38:50 Favorite species to hunt

Snapper, hands down. A challenging quarry, requiring a combination of burly and stealth. 3-4k tops, but no monsters like on the GBR. Additionally, slow movements, be calm, don’t look directly *at* them, and let them get within target range. Maintain gun awareness so that when the shot presents itself, it can easily be taken. Learned from losing a 6k Trevally years ago. Learn about the duality of the gun safety discussion here!

 42:50 Scariest moments in the ocean

While shooting a Blue Moki, the bugger got off the spear and high-tailed it into a crevice. Meanwhile, a surge came and pushed Philip into a crevice in which he was stuck. Every spearo’s nightmare. Trying to remain calm, he additionally considered that a surge which can push you in, can also pull you out. Going for broke, he expelled the air in his lungs to reduce his physical profile and was able to get pulled out on the next surge out to sea. Probably the scariest moment of his life. Lesson learned – be very careful when working a crevice while fishing for crays or otherwise.

 48:00 Veterans Vault: The “Spearfishing Mafia”

  • Giving back to the spearfishing community is as important as the sport itself. Hospitality within the spearfishing community is unique to the sport – PAY IT FORWARD!
  • Bring your gear as often as possible when traveling so you never miss an opportunity!
  • Reaching out on social media prior to travel and networking can be an incredible asset
  • When traveling with spearfishing equipment, keep “gun” out of your vocabulary. Just refer to it as fishing equipment. It can save you valuable time
  • Cooler bags can be worth their weight in gold when traveling
  • Sharing spearfishing equipment when mates are traveling can not just save on cost but strengthen relationships
  • Be a good host – it comes back around; when you aren’t, well then it won’t will it?
  • How to avoid losing a knife – use some paracord or dyneema, tie it off to a pencil or other instrument, then tie that to the end of the knife. This way, when you drop the knife (not if, but when) it will stay secured

 75:00 Equipment Bag

Additionally, catch-bags are a must, saves you from going back to your plat “float boat”. Avoid harassment from sea lions, seals, or the tax man by simply using a catch-bag. Actually, saved a fishing competition by using one as the sea lions were going from float to float getting chubby on the hard work of humans. Carry two knives – one on thigh and one on arm. To avoid losing knives, use some paracord or dyneema, tie it off to a pencil or other instrument, then tie that to the end of the knife. This way, when you drop the knife (not if, but when) it will stay secured. 

1:06 Spearo Q&A

  • Describe what the spearfishing experience means to you?
  • Single best piece of advice ever given for spearfishing?
  • Most influential person in spearfishing to you?
  • Spearfishing/Freediving library?
    • 99 Tips to get Better at Spearfishing!
  • Had to start all over, what would you do differently?
  • Who is the best person to go spearfishing with now?
  • Where can people connect with you?
  • Any parting guidance or wisdom for the community?

Noob Spearo Partners + Promotions

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 free diver.  Additionally, learn the proven strategies competitive free divers use to strengthen their performance.
  • Equalization Masterclass – If you are free diver 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 Frenzel 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:114 David Hallamore SCORKL | Luke Growney NINEPIN

NSP:114 David Hallamore SCORKL | Luke Growney NINEPIN

Interview with SCORKL founder David Hallamore & Ninepin Wetsuits Luke Growney

This episode is a double episode with two Melbourne based entrepreneurs, David Hallamore from the highly successful crowdfunding SCORKL campaign and Luke Growney the owner operator of Ninepin Wetsuits. I caught up with David in an inner city Melbourne pub and learn about the SCORKL journey so far. The same day I had a full day spearfishing outside Port Phillip bay with Luke Growney and we catch up in his backyard with a few brews. This episode (and Melbourne trip) were fully funded by Patron listeners! Thanks legends:)

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Time Stamps

3:30 Scorkle Founder David Hallamore intro

5:30 What is Scorkle?

8:00 Risks | What are they and how do you use Scorkl safely?

13:00 Who is it for?

22:00 The Scorkl Journey

31:50 Find Scorkl here 

Check out Scorkl on YouTube here 

Become a Patron! Visit NOOB SPEARO ON PATREON

37:50 Luke Growney a Melbourne Days Diving

41:00 Lukes story getting into spearfishing

43:00 Ninepin Freediving Suits Story. Find Ninepin Spearfishing suits here

47:40 What equipment struggles did you have starting out?

53:20 Some Boating Electronics Tips: Using Gain

56:30 Scariest moment and takeaways

57:40 Scrounging for scallops, oysters and mussels

62:00 What is your favourite thing about spearfishing?

62:45 Funny Moments

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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.
  • 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
All is Forgotten

All is Forgotten

Creative Writing Piece – All is Forgotten

This is a descriptive piece of writing. The purpose of this piece of writing is to portray an idea of what spearfishing and freediving means to me and illustrates what I think are the spiritual, mental and physical benefits to spearfishing and freediving.

All is forgotten.

As the business of the world drifts away, this new world full of mystery is drawing closer. This is my world. As I submerge myself into this new environment my eyes pick up colours of green, crystal clear blues and ominous browns. The ocean water is clear beyond belief and everything is perfect. I dive deeper and the salty sea water fills my snorkel, seeping into my mouth. I taste the bitterness of this saline solution but it does not matter. This is what floats my boat. The calm and quiet where no sound can penetrate is overwhelming and the anticipation is immense.

Anything could happen now and the unpredictability of my surroundings adds to the excitement and awe.

I spot the spiny red heads of Crayfish waiting for their prey to drift by and the Paua cling to their rock like a little boy clings to his lollipop. Now I see the red stripes of a Moki and the distinct square shape of the peaceful Eagle Ray as he glides, undisturbed along the seafloor.

I spot another fish. But this one is different.

This one is a trophy, well for me at least. The hunt is now on. I spot my prey and slowly maneuver myself onwards, careful not to spook the fish that is covered in shining red and opal. As I pop my head over the ledge of brown rock and drifting seaweed, he spots me, and effortlessly darts away like a torpedo through the water. The red Snapper is well renown for its elusive behavior, making it a trophy for many Spearos like myself. This one got away but there will be more so I am not fazed. The sheer beauty of this rich ecosystem is enough for me. I’m ready now, to give it another go. As I breath up I reflect on my progress so far. I take a deep breath and dive further into the unknown.  I spot a different fish, this one is wavy like the kelp and equally coloured, brown and dark green; after years of adaptation the Butterfish has mastered the art of camouflage. I approach the Butterfish carefully and take aim. As I pull the trigger the spring steel shaft shoots through the water, penetrating the fish right through the gill plate, a perfect shot!

A few hours later and I’m still on the hunt, the only difference is that I have a few fish in tow.

As I continue to survey my surroundings I notice the little shiny Kohero are darting about like headless chickens and the schools of juvenile Snapper are diving for cover. I don’t understand, never have I ever seen fish act like this so I look around for predators, hopeful to see a giant Kingfish, the biggest trophy of all. I turn around and nearly pass out. Not ten meters away glides another great predator, a three meter long Bronze Whaler Shark. In an instant calm turns to chaos. The hunter becomes the hunted. Strangely I find myself gawking over the beast’s sheer size and confidence as it swims casually through the water and, after a few seconds I come to my senses and my body goes into hyper-drive. The adrenaline is pumping. I’m Michael Phelps swimming like a speedboat, but instead of Olympic stardom, survival is in my mind. As I approach the shore I throw myself onto the gnarly rocks that line the coast. This whole event is a shock to the system but it must not control me, or haunt me. Much to my mind’s displeasure I find myself slipping back into crystal clear ocean, back into the unknown, back into the unpredictable. I must overcome this fear, otherwise it might overcome me.

Again, I am drawn back into the water, into blue.

For me, the blue is a place of rest, of refuge and of refueling.

The blue is a place where stress ceases to exist and where anxiety is not permitted. Out here, in God’s creation, the beauty is a distraction from the struggles of the world. Out here there is no ability to experience the overload of life. The blue is a place of ignorance of the desperate world around us. A place without famine, without poverty, or conflict, nor oppression, chaos, hate, violence or any other harmful thing that fellow humans might experience in the world we live in. The ocean is a way to feed my family, and an escape. An escape from the reality of the world around us and from the seemingly perpetual battle for the mental health and well being that many humans have the misfortune of struggling with.

All is Forgotten by Jahmon Wilson

Jahmon Wilson | NS Community Member

Jahmon Wilson | NS Community Member

Jahmon Wilson’s Story

Noob Spearo Community Feature

Hey Shrek and Turbo!

My name is Jahmon Wilson (pronounced jar-min). I’m a mad keen spearo and fisho from Nelson, New Zealand age 17. I was born to two New Zealanders (Dad’s from the Naki as Shrek calls it and yes I was born an Aussie but I can’t handle it when the AB’s lose to the wallabies sorry Turbo). But grew up rock hopping, fishing and spearfishing in Esperance, Western Australia (WA) with Dad, as I grew up in Kalgoorlie, WA in the desert, for the first eight years of my life the four hour journey to Esperance was made many times. If you haven’t heard of Esperance you should look it up it’s an amazing place. In places like Lucky Bay and Cape Legrand, Dad used to shoot big blue gropers (PB 15kg with a pneumatic spear which bent the spear to a right angle), queen snapper (blue morwong), snook, boarfish, samson fish and probably a whole plethora of other species. Interestingly he never saw a shark in the water in 10 years of diving there.

I will always remember my first proper dive with dad. I was probably 6 years old and it was in a place called Cape Legrande. I had been caught chilling out with the surfers out back on my little bodyboard as you do at 6 years old (I remember that too and have no idea what Mum was up to). So anyway Dad decided to take me for a snorkel and I still remember the little banded sweep and little rock species darting around, Dad then went down and got some little roe abalone which are also super common in Esperance along with green and brown lip abalone. So that was my first experience diving.

Jahmon Wilson Noob Spearo Community Member Story

Now for Spearfishing in Nelson, NZ

The shore based spearfishing here is pretty shoddy compared to what I hear you guys are getting. Nelson really comes into its own when you have a boat and it’s pretty common to catch 20+lb snapper and 15kg+ kingis if you know where to go in your boat. Collingwood which is about 2hrs drive north west from me is beginning to be well known internationally for its saltwater flats fly fishing for Kingfish too. I discovered this recently looking on YouTube for fishing around my area looking to see if I could match up land with what the guys are showing. The problem with Nelson though is it’s so far south all the snapper are in deeper, cooler water in the 20-40+ metre range where its sandy bottom and hard to hunt them if you can get that low in the first place. Dad has shot a handful of kingi’s off the shore at a well known spot called the boulder bank but it’s rare you get one over 10-15kg. Butterfish, kahawai (that’s salmon for you Turbo) and blue cod are a bit of a staple for us here but aren’t present in super high numbers unless you go to the Marlborough Sounds. I’m happy if I can get 1 or 2 good eating fish in a couple of hours although when a school of kahawai swims past it’s not too hard to snag a few. As well as these  rarer species include Goatfish, Blue Moki, baby snapper and Tarakihi and the odd squid too.

Jahmon Wilson Noob Spearo Community Member Story

I also shoot octopus which are really good when cooked properly I would recommend any spearo to take one and at least try it to see how you like it as in NZ and I assume Auzzie too they are very underrated. Dad had a Greek-Italian friend in Auzzie who swore by them and you always see the Greek guys collecting them too in YouTube. Probably my favourite spot to go is Kaikoura on the east coast of the South Island. Although you aren’t allowed to take Paua (Abalone) there anymore due to a big earthquake a few years ago which lowered the sea floor by metres. The sea is rich with Butterfish and Kaikoura is the Crayfish capital of New Zealand. Kaikoura literally means food (Kai) and crayfish (Koura). Last time we went was last summer and in two dives I was getting into Butterfish like I never have before. I ended up shooting 8 in the first dive in about an hour before I decided that was enough including my PB 65cm Butterfish. And in the second dive I got back to shore with 7 and no-one else had shot any. I will flex a little more by saying all of these were shot in the head. I’m happy that I’m finally getting a good shot on me with my gun as I have had more experience shooting fish. They fed the three families we were staying with very well. To me there is nothing like the feeling of putting food on your family plate and being able to do that from the age of 14 or 15 its a unique feeling.

Jahmon Wilson Noob Spearo Community Member Story

The Noob Spearo Podcast

Anyway enough about me, lately I have gotten a job at an apple orchard doing very repetitive work. We are allowed to listen to music and my friend convinced me after a day to stop listening to music (which I was getting very bored of) and started listening to podcasts. I first heard of you through Daniel Mann’s Insta story he shared on a podcast you did on hypoxic squats. I listened to it whilst mowing the lawns and found it very interesting but didn’t really continue on the podcasts. Fast forward to now and I’m hooked! The quality you guys post with idols of mine like Darren Shields and legendary guys like Rob Allen and Chris Coates, guys I’ve been following on social media like Cameron Kirkconnel and one of my favourite YouTubers, Daniel Mann among a few of the spearfishing heavy weights is just unparalleled.

Jahmon Wilson Noob Spearo Community Member Story

I went for a dive last week off the boulder bank, didn’t shoot anything as it there were pretty heavy swells and not the best vis however me and my cousin decided to give it a crack with the aim of sticking together and taking it slow. We were both trying out our new open cell neoprene wetsuits for the first time. I can say after using a 5, 3mm 1 piece wetsuit that took 10 minutes to put on I am in love. My new wetsuit has a hood and a knife pouch in the arm and leg now so I don’t get a brain freeze down south in Kaikoura and I don’t have a dive knife strapped around my calf which always used to get really loose and flop around. In mid-November diving weather has been pretty bad here. The water is around 17 degrees and I had to let water into my wetsuit to cool me down as well as buying an extra weight for my belt. I swear I’m not embracing my inner Shrek after a long winter it’s the suit haha (that was for you Turbo).

Ended up being a cracker of a decision as I got to swim with 5 dolphins in the water for the first time. A baby and four adult Bottlenose dolphins. This is when I really realised just how smart they are. The first dolphin I saw was alone. It checked me out for a few minutes then swam away only to bring a second with it 30 seconds later. They both checked me out before swimming off and another 30 seconds later brought a mother with its calf to see me. This was an absolute pleasure and just now I’m realising that the mother trusted me enough to take her calf over to see me which was pretty cool. It was really cool because even when you can’t see them when you made a dive you could always hear them clicking and clacking in the water. After they left there was probably 30 minutes of me looking for fish before what is probably my most memorable moment spearfishing occurred, beside probably seeing a big 3-4 metre Bronze Whaler Shark (Bronzie) up near Cape Reinga which was a first for me as we don’t really get sharks where I live. To add to that I saw a shark in the water before Dad which I always have him on about, he has seen one since then however. In the same dive at the boulder bank he saw his first and only Bronzie and shot a Kingfish haha. This big Bottlenose dolphin which by the way dwarfed the big Bronzie I saw swam up from behind me and gave me the fright of my life as it cruised underneath me. I stretched out to try and touch it and if my hand was 50cm longer I think I would have. It was truly breathtaking.

Jahmon Wilson Noob Spearo Community Member Story

Podcast Takeaways

Now back to you legends. Your spearfishing podcast has taught me a tonne about spearfishing. Dad is a pretty ‘she’ll be right’ sort of guy so he taught me the basics but now I am teaching him haha. So far I have been listening to your podcasts for about 30 hours of work, I’m already 25 podcasts down and dreading the day I run out and have to wait a fortnight for each one. I tried listening to some fishing podcasts (won’t name which one) as I’m big into fishing too but it just wasn’t the same as Shrek and Turbo going at each other, pirates vault, fast five facts, the scary stories, funny stories and of course the hundreds of collective years worth of knowledge you guys bring us, but most of the entertainment from Shrek and Turbo you guys do a great job aye. From listening to your podcasts I have learnt so much stuff (that I have taught Dad too) that I probably would never think about. The one that sticks out to me is taking a breath hold. Breathing properly through your stomach first then your chest then a little extra which I think has almost doubled my breath hold. I was practicing it while driving home from work and after the first breath I had to stop because I was getting a little light headed from all the oxygen. Is this a bad thing? I assume not cause its oxygen which is a good thing.

Other things like berleying (chumming) up which I totally overlooked. I have a bunch of Kahawai frames and a Kingi frame from a Kingi I caught with my friend in his boat two weeks ago that would work a trick. Either that or I go down and find some Kinas or have a little fun shooting some Spottie for Berley.

Other tips like fully relaxing, Shrek always goes on about a good duck dive which I need to look up on YouTube or something and just other things, and how being hydrated before a dive. Being a shore diver and not having to travel far to where we dive it is so easy to wake up at 6 be in the water by 7 or 8 and by then all you have has a Milo I tried this recently and it my breath hold already felt easier for longer I could stay on what we call the second weedline for quite a bit longer than usual. I never realised how important diving with a buddy is. The sort of diving I am doing is sort of 5-10 metres so I can comfortably dive down to the bottom and sit there for what I think is a decent amount of time but the risk of shallow water blackout is still very real. You guys drill this into your podcasts which is a very good thing, I was reading this article in a wilderness magazine and the doctors and freediving was ranked as the 2nd most dangerous sport behind base jumping in terms of fatalities and its not certainly not sharks haha. If my memory serves me right that is a banger of a fact to share on the podcast.

Thank you and final thoughts

Anyway that’s it for me. I was just writing this letter just to say thanks for all the tips and entertainment this podcast has given me, and to share my journey with spearfishing. My favourite podcast was definitely the one with the marine biologist from Exmouth. I was listening to that this morning and I found it really interesting. His stories about the spinner sharks, the coral trout behaviors and cycles and the tides and current affected the fish and also the rubbish from Indonesia which absolutely sucks for such a beautiful place like Exmouth and the Ningaloo Reef. I can also relate to his humpback whale story in that I realised just how smart they are and how they can properly communicate with each other and share real feelings.

The more and more I fish and spearfish the more I fell in love with the water, even the beautiful rivers we have in Nelson and the dirty dams we used to catch Yabbies in WA. I love biology. I got a distinction in biology just a couple of days ago at my leavers mass and after a gap year living in Sydney and traveling through Africa (and Mozambique) next year I am planning to study marine biology after that. I don’t really mind that the workplace is hard to get into because if I’m doing something I love that’s to me what counts. I couldn’t stand getting penned up in an office job all day.

Anyways, I hope you guys enjoy reading this little story, I guess you could say article that I wrote up. If you could you try and get Brodie from Youngbloods on the show? Pretty sure he lives in Exmouth and he’s full of energy and yarns or a guy I follow on Instagram called SamInTheWild he travels round doing some amazing underwater camerawork and shoots some pretty nice fish too. But until next time, you guys are bloody legends.

Thanks,

Jahmon

Jahmon Wilson Noob Spearo Community Member Story

P.S If you feel like doing a little extra reading I have added a piece of creative writing about spearfishing and my first shark encounter. I used this in English for all three senior years in high school and it got really good grades with it all three years. I’m really proud of it (All Is Forgotten – Jahmon Wilson here)

NSP:113 James Beckman | Hunting Southern Bluefin Tuna

NSP:113 James Beckman | Hunting Southern Bluefin Tuna

Interview with James Beckman @southernspearfishing

Hunting Southern Bluefin Tuna

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The episode covers the equipment, techniques, mindset, buddy system and personal lessons learned by an avid Southern Bluefin Tuna chaser. James Beckman @southernspearfishing is one of Melbourne’s local legends and as such, I organized an interview with him live in the Adreno Melbourne Store (thanks to legend Patrons for funding the trip!). Along with the SBT chat I discover stories and insights from James’s life spearfishing.

Big thanks to James for taking me out for a day spearfishing and harvesting scallops in Port Phillip Bay:) Jetski spearfishing is pretty fun!

James Beckman Jetski Spearfishing

 

Important Moments

5:00 James Beckman introduction and spearfishing background. Chasing small fish in the shallows, calamari and discovering the stoke.

10:00 Early struggles spearfishing.

  • Overcoming loading challenges.
  • Selecting a correct length speargun.
  • Meeting mentors, dive buddies and finding a community.
  • How to get out on boats. Rules, etiquette basics and paying

19:00 Most memorable catch. WA Dhufish (20+kg)

21:45 Scariest moments in the ocean. Surge hunting on the back beaches of Melbourne

33:20 Veterans Vault: Spearfishing Southern Bluefin Tuna Guide

  • Southern Bluefin Tuna (Australian Fisheries Guide)
  • Background targeting these fish in Victoria
  • Finding where they are located (bait, workups, behaviour)
  • Equipment (an added section with more info at end of interview 80:00)
  • The hunting system (roles, preparation, communication)
  • Caring for your catch
  • Preparation
  • Etiquette with Line Fishing Boats
  • Connect with James on Insta @southernspearfishing

72:45 Funniest Moments out on the Water

75:00 James Beckman Equipment Bag

“Spearfishing is the most expensive way to catch free fish”

80:00 Parting comments and advice on hunting Southern Bluefin Tuna

James Beckman Hunting Southern Bluefin Tuna Podcast | Spearfishing

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  • 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:112 Melbourne Spearfishing 101

NSP:112 Melbourne Spearfishing 101

Melbourne Spearfishing 101

This is a live panel interview recorded instore at Adreno, Melbourne. Panel members included Sven Franklin (Club Spearfish President), Luke Latham (Adreno Store Manager), James Beckam (@southernspearfishing) and myself. This is a pretty comprehensive chat covering seasons, species, predominant conditions, locations and nearly everything else a spearo visiting/living in the area might be interested in. Listen in:)

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Time Stamps

04:00 Introduction with Luke Latham

12:40 Developing skills on Melbourne Species

17:15 Finding the right locations, understanding the seasons and movements of fish

20:20 Apps that are useful in the area.

  • Navionics
  • Google Earth
  • Triggerbrothers.com.au
  • Windy weather app

25:00 Rules and Regulations for spearfishing

Victorian Fisheries Authority 

26:20 Community Q&A

  • What are the legal requirements for a dive float and flag in Victoria?

FOR SPEAROS in Victoria, any vessel with divers operating from it must always display signals by day or night to inform other vessel users. The daytime diver below signal is the international Code Flag ‘A’, at least 750 mm long and 600 mm wide for vessels less than 10 metres in length.

FOR ALL BOAT/JETSKI USERS on Victorian waters a five knot speed limit applies to all operators within:

  • 50 m of a person, for example a swimmer
  • 50 m of another vessel
  • 100 m of a vessel or buoy on which a ‘diver below’ signal corresponding to the International Code Flag ‘A’ is displayed – a white/blue flag.

21:30 How can I improve my breathhold for spearfishing?

Sven “I would consider apnea walks for improving my breathhold for spearfishing. So apnea walks are basically holding your breath and counting the number of paces you take” More information about improving your breathhold for spearfishing can be found here

35:00 Jetski Spearfishing? How do you anchor? Is losing equipment an issue?

37:00 How do you find good ground for finding squid?

The best ground is Southern Port Phillip Bay. Queenscliffe, Portsea through to Rye. But you can find them everywhere at the right times of year.

40:00 How do you find crayfish in Melbourne and capture one successfully?

To catch crayfish while freedivin in Victoria it’s helpful to have a torch for looking caves, cracks and under rocks. You also need robust gloves as the spines are rough and you need to protect your hands. Find cracks and caves that are relatively protected from current. When you get hold of the crayfish don’t grab the feelers, go for the base of the horns.

45:30 Do you ever target gummy sharks?

48:20 What is your typical breath hold while spearfishing in Melbourne?

A range of breathholds from the panel was 30 seconds to 70 seconds for most Melbourne spearfishing. These are all experienced divers who dive often.

52:00 Any tips for hunting Yellowtail Kingfish successfullly?

Svens advice “Time in the water off Cape Shank or Phillip Island”

James “Deal with the excitement and try and calm down. Get some exposure to being in the water around them. Go to New Zealand”

Check out the ‘How to Spearfish Kingfish Tutorial’ on Vimeo – Use the CODE: NOOBSPEARO

Spearfishing Clubs in Melbourne are:

  • Club Spearfish
  • Geelong Freedivers
  • Southern Freedivers

If you are looking for a spearfishing club in your area check out our club contacts here

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  • 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:111 I DIVE ALONE

NSP:111 I DIVE ALONE

I Dive Alone | The Spearfishing Dilemma

A dilemma is when the two choices in front of you are difficult. If you want to go spearfishing but you don’t have a dive buddy then your choices are; to dive alone or stay home.

One choice involves a higher level of risk but also the possibility of fun, solitude and all the other wonders we experience when spearfishing.

The other; less risk but a missed opportunity to spend the day out in the water.

“Your spearfishing buddy is your only true piece of safety equipment when diving”. This is as close to Gospel truth in spearfishing as it gets, so why dive alone?

This episode is a frank chat about diving alone. Pro’s, Con’s, everything.

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MORE on the Spearfishing Dilemma

A dilemma is sometimes described as being stuck between a rock and a hard place. In spearfishing this isn’t just a figurative illustration though, it’s a reality. Especially when chasing crayfish (lobster) or another hole dwelling tasty creature. And caves aren’t the only risk, not by a long shot. Let’s add shallow water blackout, boat/jetski traffic, cramp, current, sharks and all of the other less likely risks to the list. The fact is that having a buddy drastically reduces/mitigates every single one of these risks…

BUT….

Let’s be honest.

Some spearfishing buddies are so shit you might as well be diving by yourself anyway.

AND…

There are other appeals to diving alone despite the greatly increased risk of doing so.

This conversation with experienced spearfisherman Pat Swanson is an open and candid chat about the reality of diving alone.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about it in our spearfishing community on Facebook here.

Mentioned in the show

Join us at Adreno for an evening with Shrek from Noob Spearo to discover Melbourne spearfishing insights and tips for spearos of all levels with @southernspearfishing legend James Beckmanis!

Also happening on the night:
• Live Q&A session with Club Spearfish President Sven Franklin, Adreno Store Manager Luke Latham, James @southernspearfishing and Shrek
• ’99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing’ book signing
• Light refreshments & snacks

WHERE: Adreno 1184 Nepean Hwy, Cheltenham, Melbourne
WHEN: Saturday 9th November 5PM – 7:30PM

Free on-site parking available!

 

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  • 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:110 Michael Tropiano | Spearfishing Exmouth, Western Australia

NSP:110 Michael Tropiano | Spearfishing Exmouth, Western Australia

Interview with Michael Tropiano

Spearfishing Exmouth Western Australia

A bloody good chat with Marine Scientist, Eco-Tourism and U/W photography enthusiast and mad keen Western Australia based spearo, Michael ‘Tropi’ Tropiano. We discuss Exmouth Western Australia spearfishing conditions, species and rules/regs.

Tropi came on my radar 6 months ago with a free e-book that he had created for people curious about spearfishing in his area (Noob Spearo Guide to Exmouth free). After checking it out, it was only a matter of time until I had to get him on the show. Listen to this episode and subscribe to the Noob Spearo Podcast on Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Stitcher

Interesting Moments

4:00 Intro to Tropi and Exmouth, W.A spearfishing

17:00 Ocean currents, sea temperature and how it impacts biodiversity and conditions for spearfishing

27:00 Tropi’s Guide to Spearfishing Exmouth | PDF Guide HERE – FREE

Spearfishing Exmouth Western Australia

Tropis Mangrove Jack Spearfishing Exmouth Western Australia

37:00 Fish Movements | Light, Tides and Moon Phases

43:00 From Marine Science to Eco-Tourism. Diving experiences with Humpbacks

59:00 The Gulf vs The Reef | Protecting the Ningaloo Reef Site here

Connect with Tropi

Tropis Shark Baitball. Spearfishing Exmouth Western Australia

Tropis Shark Baitball

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  • 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

G’day Shrek,
Me again, Not trying to pester you but I just listened to the last podcast with Trippey and thought you did a great job and were asking some probing questions about what was so farcical about the Hawkesbury Bioshelf Marine Park Proposal and I thought Trippey answered some questions well, but I thought I’d chime in and try and better explain the background behind this proposal and reasoning as to why we were so opposed to this proposal not marine parks themselves.
Basically, when the current Liberal Government came to power back in 2011 they took the former Marine Park Authority who were responsible for implementing all of the current marine parks we have in NSW, and stripped them of a lot of their power and put them under DPI Fisheries (which is bizarre in itself). There was also a 5 year moratorium placed on any more marine parks being implemented in NSW. This bill was put forward by the Shooters and Fishers Party and got through.
The Libs then announced that they would be creating an independent marine estate authority to look at all of the benefits (social, economic and environmental) derived from the marine estate in all of NSW to determine the best possible future management of the marine estate. This was to be done by an independent threat and risk assessment (TARA) process which took into account all of the social, economic and environmental benefits and the risks to them. The TARA process was to be used as opposed to the CAR (comprehensive, adequate and representative) process which aims to just capture 25% of all habitat types in sanctuary zones and not worry about any social or economic impacts. Brilliant, perfect, sounds great and a balanced way forward we all thought.
This is where it all went wrong though. The Marine Estate Management Authority (MEMA) that was created was the same mob they had just transferred from the old marine parks authority. They now had a new mandate to create a series of marine parks across the State, a big budget ($40M)and so they went about drafting up the proposal which was spectacularly shot down in flames. The criticism which was aimed at MEMA was rightfully warranted. There was no meaningful stakeholder consultation undertaken or any science to back it up. In their own TARA they identified Recreational and Commercial fishing as the 13th and 14th highest threat to the Marine estate with urban run off and pollution as the highest threats, so why were they focusing on locking out the biggest stakeholders within the marine estate instead of tackling the biggest threats. The sanctuary zones they identified were  well known scuba diving sites and some had links to the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS).
There was no site specific research conducted as part of the process instead they relied heavily on the MARXAN modelling tool which was not publicly conveyed and like any modelling tool if you put rubbish in you get rubbish out. Simon Horvath and the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) through the freedom of Information act (GIPA) have identified spectacular and fundamental flaws in the process and subjective weighting of areas to favour scuba divers and other vested interests. It wouldn’t pass the pub test let alone  install any confidence in the department. There was no indication of the size or locations of the 25 proposed sanctuary zones in any public or stakeholder consultation prior to the proposal being announced. They completely failed in their mandate to adequately take into account the social and economic benefits that people got out of the marine estate and provide a balanced proposal. It was the same old spatial management lockouts from the same old mob. Zero understanding of the connection people have with place.
There were no studies undertaken to identify why these areas needed to be locked up or if any species were under threat in these areas. The science did not back any of it. The DPI Fisheries Recreational Fisheries Branch own research did not identify a need to lock any of it up. We have well managed bag and size limits in NSW, and we were willing to sit down with other groups and try and identify a range of other options to help protect our marine environment without being locked out of it.
Even the largest and oldest sanctuary zone in the Hawkesbury area (Bouddhi Marine Reserve) had no research done on it to determine the effectiveness of the sanctuary zone that had been in place for the past 40 years. Additionally, the largest river on the east coast, the Hawkesbury did not have a single sanctuary zone identified. Yet approximately 66% of the sanctuary zones they wanted to introduce were on the Central Coast.
The proposal was announced in the lead up to the NSW State election and was perceived as a grab by the Libs to gain votes within the left leaning Sydney electorates. Little did they know how much it would blow up in their face. We are still currently in limbo as to what will happen with it all. MEMA are currently just biding their time for a more favourable political climate to try it on again.
Thankfully it did occur because it finally made all of the fishing groups: Spearos, charter operators, game fishing clubs, local fishing clubs and commercial operators all band together to be a united voice. The hard work of guys like Simon and the RFA have shown failure after failure from both MEMA and DPI Fisheries in how they have managed our marine resources and unless they make significant and meaningful change to the ways these departments are managed I can’t see any public trust in them coming back soon. It has also identified the lying and deceitful tactics of certain members of the DPI Marine Parks staff to try and create dubious science in the past 6 months despite not producing anything in the 4 years leading up to the proposal.
Anyway, hope that isn’t too much of a rant and gives you a more complete picture.
Keep up the good work, and Trippey is right we have been getting some thumping big crays this season, got my 2 best pb crays a few days ago.
Cheers
Alex Hamilton

 

NSP:109 Simon Trippe on Dogtooth, Hawkesbury and Sydney

NSP:109 Simon Trippe on Dogtooth, Hawkesbury and Sydney

Interview with Simon Trippe

Better late than never…

A much requested round 2 chat with Simon Trippe following our first chat all the way back in episode 1 (listen here). Simon is one of the most passionate and influential spearos in Australian Spearfishing and so it was great to reconnect with him and hear about; coral sea adventures chasing Dogtooth Tuna, his thoughts on the proposed Hawkesbury Marine Park and learn more about spearfishing in Sydney. Listen in:)

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NSP:109 Simon Trippe on Dogtooth, Hawksbury and Sydney Instagram

Links Mentioned

Time Stamps

6:00 Simon Trippe Catch-Up. Coral Sea spearfishing charters and dogtooth tuna advice

16:45 Hawkesbury Marine Parks

42:50 Spearfishing in Sydney. Species to target, Spots to explore and conditions

57:30 Frogdive Spearfishing Courses with Simon in Sydney

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  • 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: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

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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:107 Alistair Cooke | The Art of Taking Noobs Spearfishing

NSP:107 Alistair Cooke | The Art of Taking Noobs Spearfishing

Interview with Alistair Cooke

Central Coast Veteran Spearo Alistair (Alby) Cooke lays out some diamonds in this chat. We talk hunting techniques for bluewater, attitudes to equipment (+ saving money on some items), getting lost at sea and the worst octopus ever cooked by a spearo. This ones got plenty of nuggets throughout! Listen in.

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A bit more about Alby (from a CCS member);

  • Former Club President of the Central Coast Sealions (CCS)
  • Coffs Harbour Blue Water Classic Winner (2016 or 2017??)
  • Competitive spearo, freedive competitor and instructor
  • Well-traveled spearo who has dived all over the world from the USA, Mexico, NZ, Coral Sea and all over Oz
  • He also makes an incredible effort for the Juniors in the Club and often sacrifices his own ability to get good fish in a comp to chaperone new divers and juniors around to teach them safely how to dive

Alistair Cooke The Art of Taking Noobs Spearfishing. Huge Abalone

Quick Interview Times Guide

03:45 Alby Introduction. Spearfishing background and the Central Coast Sealions

09:30 Early Obstacles | Equipment and Prioritizing the Important Stuff

15:00 Finding good ground for spearfishing

19:20 From humble beginnings to winning competitions: The Secret!

  • Flashers
  • Burley (Chum)
  • Body Language

35:00 Most Memorable Fish Taken

43:30 What is one of the toughest situations you have had out on the ocean and what did you learn from it?

Alistair Cooke The Art of Taking Noobs Spearfishing. Blackspot Tuskfish

54:00 Veterans Vault: How to Take Noobs Diving

72:50 Funniest Moment

77:00 Alistair Cooke Divebag | Deluxe chat on Spearfishing Equipment

87:00 Spearo Q&A

Central Coast Sealions Club (find more spearfishing clubs here)

  • Name of club: Central Coast Sealions Club
  • Location: Breakers Country Club, Dover Road Wamberal (Meetings 4th Thursday of every Month at 7:30pm)
  • Contact details: Facebook
  • Size: 30-40 Active Members
  • Summary of club activity: The Sealions are a very sociable club and participate is a large range of fun and social activities with about 30-40 active members.  Whether you are new to Spearfishing or snorkelling we would be happy to show you how to dive and spearfish safely. We also host one of the oldest spearfishing competitions in Australia, the Annual Canada Cup out of Terrigal every February as well as monthly Club competitions. We offer Social Memberships for those who are more interested in the social aspect of diving.

Alistair Cooke The Art of Taking Noobs Spearfishing. Spanish Mackerel

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:105 Feargus Callagy Freedive Ireland

NSP:105 Feargus Callagy Freedive Ireland

Interview with Feargus Callagy

Mad chat about spearfishing and freediving in Ireland with Feargus Callagy! Seals, Basking sharks, becoming an Instructor under Umberto Pelizarri and how the ocean is good for the soul were a few of the highlights. Listen in:)

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04:40 Feargus Callagy Introduction

10:00 Apnea Academy Freediving Instructors Courses

17:00 What Feargus’s Spearfishing looks like around Ireland

27:00 Funny story confronting a seal (accidentally) in a cave

29:00 Freediving with Basking Sharks

36:00 More info on spearfishing and freediving conditions in Ireland

47:00 What films and books have inspired you?

50:00 Spearfishing/Freediving: How the Ocean is good for the soul

56:00 Spearfishing clubs and communities in Ireland

64:00 What’s in an Irish Divebag?

70:00 Spearo Q&A

Interview with Feargus Callagy Freedive Ireland

Interview with Feargus Callagy Freedive Ireland

Feargus Callagy in a Freediving competition

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:104 Sam Dawson Scrounging Masterclass

NSP:104 Sam Dawson Scrounging Masterclass

Interview with Sam Dawson

Sam Dawson has tonnes of experience diving all around Australia and regularly dives competitions. Today’s chat has some really good insights into equipment and thinking about setups. We also get right into scrounging which is a collection of techniques for effective hunting in temperate waters. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about muffling equipment, entering caves effectively and even some ideas about how to use a torch. Listen in:)

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Sam Dawson Scrounging Masterclass

Links Mentioned

Sam Dawson Scrounging Masterclass

Sam Dawson Dhufish WA spearfishing

Time Stamps

5:00 Sam’s introduction to spearfishing. Early lessons learned.

9:00 Memorable Fish – Dhufish W.A

13:30 Early Mentors: Mary-Anne Stacey – seven-time Australian Ladies Spearfishing Champion

39:00 Toughest Situation being chomped on by a shark in the middle of nowhere

52:00 Veterans Vault: Scrounging and Effectively Hunting Temperate Waters

72:00 Sam’s Dive Bag

74:00 Spearo Q&A

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:103 Guide to Spearfishing Southern Queensland + GoPro Accessories

NSP:103 Guide to Spearfishing Southern Queensland + GoPro Accessories

Interview with Trevor Ketchion

Trevor Ketchion from Submerged Psychos and Shrek team up to present a guide to spearfishing Southern Queensland including the Gold Coast, Northern NSW coastline, Sunny Coast and the lack of Brisbane shore-based spearfishing locations. Beforehand Shrek unveils 5-6 accessories crucial for GoPro users:)

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GoPro Accessories for Spearfishing (Amazon Affiliate Links)

If I missed anything or you have alt suggestions, chuck em in the comments!

Queensland Spearfishing Topics Include;

🐟 5-6 species to target in Queensland waters when starting out;

  • Luderick Species | Drummer
  • Flathead
  • Bream and Tarwhine
  • Parrot
  • Tuskfish
  • Surgeonfish
  • Morwong

Grants Guide to Fish Book!

🌏 Popular locations (legal)

  • Sunshine Coast: Point Arkwright
  • Gold Coast/ Northern NSW: Kingscliff
  • Brisbane | Offshore Moreton and North Stradbroke Island

How to find spearfishing spots (blogpost)

💁 Where to find more information

🌞 Good weather and conditions for spearfishing

  • Less than 1m swell
  • High Tide (an hour or two before until 30 minutes past will generally hold the cleanest water)
  • Avoid prolonged Easterly and Northerly winds as these make the water dirty
  • Apps and Websites | BOM | Willyweather | SeaBreeze |

🧜 Noob Spearo Community questions

Noob Spearo Community on Facebook

Links mentioned:

 

 

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:101 Catch and Cook Spearfishing Comps | Gyotaku

NSP:101 Catch and Cook Spearfishing Comps | Gyotaku

Interview with Eric Keener

Catch and Cook Spearfishing Comps | Gyotaku

Catch and Cook Spearfishing Comps | Gyotaku | Urchin Removal interview with Eric Keener

Mentioned in the Show

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Episode Time Stamps

05:30 Eric Keener Introduction. Early mistakes and starting speafishing

11:00 Catch and Cook Competition | Competitions that Promote and Encourage Sustainable Mindsets

  • Background and Concept
  • Rules and Competition Layout
  • Teams or solo?
  • Contact Monterey Bay Spearfishing on Facebook to learn more

29:25 Urchin Removal and the Watermans Alliance

  • Purple Urchin imbalance and background information
  • Past successful events
  • How an event is coordinated and how each diver contributes
  • Learn about upcoming events at watermansalliance.com here

39:00 Gyotaku | Fish Rock Impression Art

Gyotaku is a form of art that many spearos try as it captures the texture and size of a fish. It’s basically printing a fish onto paper using the fish as the printing plate.

Instagram Channels to Check out: @saltybonesgyotaku | @michaeltakach | @noworrybeefcurry

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47:00 Fish recipe Discussion:

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4Catch and Cook Spearfishing Comps | Gyotaku. Eric Keener Spearfishing Interview

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

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NSP:100 Community Special:)

NSP:100 Community Special:)

Shrek – Turbo and the NS Community

Turbos back!! ….and we get up to mischief in episode 100 – the Community Special! This episode features listener calls and questions as well as some expert advice about CO2 tolerance and training from Jaap Verbaas. This episode was fun and as usual educational. Check it out and leave a comment:)

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Time Stamps

02:55 Shoutouts

10:40 What’s Turbo been working on?

11:30 Patreon: What is the plan for the funds from the Noob Spearo Patreon. Our PATREON VISION: Turbo and I would like to dedicate 100% of the funds to trips. Interviews on the road, going spearing with listeners, organizing a talk or live interview and enjoing travelling to meet our listeners. We have $130 USD in there now and its growing.

August 2019 Melbourne Trip is our first tentative planned trip

14:00 Random community questions

  1. “I’ve recently made the move from north Queensland to southern Queensland and I’ve noticed a lot of the diving is deepwr. How do I make my way from a 10-12m diver to hitting 18-20m?”

2. “How can I get out spearfishing more?”

3. “How do I find someone experienced to take me out and show me the ropes?”

4. Alex “I’ve had my speargun for about a year now, I was just wondering if you guys had any actionable information that could help me out?”

5. Hand Spear or Pole Spear Tips

28:30 Rhys Clay Listener Call

38:30 Richard Metzger “In listening to your shows a question that always lingers with me is what do the spearos do for their professional carers to make money to support their spearing?  I know a lot of the guests are not full time professional spearos so i am always interested to learn how they are able to maintain a regular job and still travel and get out in the water.  Especially for those who travel the world for long periods of time – do they work in each spot they visit? Do they save up and live on the cheap as they travel? How do they make the money work?”

44:00 Malcolm Galloway Listener Call

64:00 Jaap Verbaas with the three latest articles from FreediveWire.com

Highlights:

CO2 tolerance is complicated, hence this post is complicated. Hopefully it is less complicated to read than it was to write. Just in case it gives you a headache, here are the highlights:

  • CO2 is transported in three ways: bound to hemoglobin, as bicarbonate ion, and dissolved in the blood stream.
  • Red blood cells are crucial for generating bicarbonate ion, and for facilitating CO2  bound to hemoglobin.
  • Only dissolved CO2 can diffuse to the central chemoreceptors.
  • Physical CO2 tolerance may be governed by blood volume and quality, which is commonly overlooked in CO2 tolerance training.
  • Endurance athletes commonly have the highest CO2 tolerance and storage (in comparison to short and mid distance sprinters).
  • Mental CO2 tolerance focuses on desensitization of the central chemoreceptors.

What do lactate and lactic acid have to do with freediving?

Highlights:

  • We do not produce lactic acid.
    • We produce lactate. We do also, however, produce H+ in muscle cells. Combine the two, and you have lactic acid. However, the reaction producing the excess H+ is separate from that which produces lactate.
  • Lactate is produced continuously, even at rest.
    • Even when excess O2 is available, we produce lactate.
  • Lactate is not metabolic waste
    • Lactate is used as fuel, both directly and indirectly.
  • Once O2 becomes limited,  lactate starts accumulating and enters the bloodstream (we’ll call it blood lactate)
    • Lactate is actually slightly basic… not acidic. But, H+ starts accumulating in the bloodstream too, although at a different rate.
  • Blood lactate can be converted to glucose in the liver, or taken up by the muscle cells once the workload decreases.
  • Blood lactate increases rapidly when you hold your breath, even while doing a static.
    • The dive reflex promotes anaerobic metabolism. The increase in lactate shows that the oxygen supply to the non-essentials is effectively cut off.
  • Peak blood lactate is highest in mid-distance sprinters, indicating sprinting might be a good method to train for freediving. However, endurance training reduces the amount of lactate that accumulates in the blood without affecting the amount of lactate produced in muscle cells. Perhaps we need a bit of both types of training, and perhaps this is why most freedivers believe that high intensity interval training works wonders (it is somewhat in between mid distance and endurance training).

Where does lactic acid come in? Well, hydrogen and lactate occur in equilibrium with lactic acid (H + lactate = lactic acid). In blood plasma the rate is about 1:20 for lactic acid to lactate. So lactic acid does play a role, but it is minor. Actually, it is minor when it comes to muscle functioning.

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What cardio can do for your freediving

  • Many freedivers shy away from cardio because they believe that cardio does not benefit freediving. However:
  • Endurance runners have the highest blood volume compared to short and mid-distance sprinters
  • Endurance runners have the highest blood quality (Hb) compared to short and mid-distance sprinters
  • Endurance runners have the highest CO2 storage capabilities compared to short and mid-distance sprinters
  • Endurance training reduces the amount of lactate that accumulates in the blood without affecting the amount of lactate produced
  • Endurance training drastically reduces recovery time
  • Base cardio is very beneficial to recreational freedivers and spearfishers
  • Base cardio is likely very beneficial to competitive freedivers
  • VO2 max has never been shown to negatively effect freedivers of any kind, however there is some theoretical basis to say that it will negatively effect pool disciplines such as dynamic and dynamic-no-fins.

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  • 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.
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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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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.

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  • 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.
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NSP:098 Justin Lee | the Mindset of a Lifelong Spearfishing Learner

NSP:098 Justin Lee | the Mindset of a Lifelong Spearfishing Learner

Justin Lee Spearfishing Interview

Fierce, uber-friendly and a true life-long learner is how I’d describe Justin after chatting with him. Justin is absolutely sold out on the lifestyle hunting and spearfishing provides. Big themes in this interview include; learning something from every person you encounter (taking arrows), maintaining an openness to whatever you are engaged in and learning continuously, and just being a person who is fun to hang out with. One of the standout stories for me, was Justin being hoisted out of the water in 80 fathoms of water from right in the middle of a Tiger Shark highway….at nighttime. This interview packs some dynamite tips and mindsets. Listen in!

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Justin Lee | the Mindset of a Lifelong Spearfishing Learner. Image by Chris Hirata. Justin Lee Spearfishing Interview

Mentioned in this episode

Justin Lee Spearfishing Interview Time Stamps

7:00 Justin Lee Introduction. Royal Hawaiin Saldalwood Oil with his Dad Reforestation Project haloaaina.com

14:00 Early Obstacles | surrounded by legends | learning to find Octopus (Ai’Ai)

Justin Lee | the Mindset of a Lifelong Spearfishing Learner. Noob Spearo Podcast. Justin Lee Spearfishing Interview

19:40 Most Memorable Fish and what makes a moment memorable

26:45 Difficult Species to Hunt. Observation and Techniques

35:30 Toughest Moment on the Ocean | Tiger Shark Bay Newspaper Article

43:00 Funniest Time

49:00 Recent New Zealand Spearfishing Adventure

52:20 Competition Spearfishing Tips, Techniques and Mindset

Justin Lee | the Mindset of a Lifelong Spearfishing Learner. Image by AJ Vecino. Justin Lee Spearfishing Interview

57:35 Competition Spearfishing Equipment | massive chat on spearguns

62:20 Justin Lee’s Spearfishing Divebag

  • Penetrator Fins
  • HECS wetsuits
  • Salvimar Green Gloves
  • Riffe Knife
  • Aimrite Rage Roller

80:30 Spearo Q&A

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  • 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:097 Arctic Spearfishing Norway with Gil & Ole

NSP:097 Arctic Spearfishing Norway with Gil & Ole

Interview with Ole Johannes Duerlolimi and Gil Orr

Arctic Spearfishing Norway

‘Big laughs, huge Halibut and ginormous tips for coldwater spearfishing’ pretty much sums up this interview. Gil and Ole from Arctic Spearfishing were a tonne of fun and I really enjoyed this chat. The couple live in the North of Norway and dive pristine waters chasing amazing critters like Lumpsucker, King Crabs and Wolf-Fish. Subscribe to the Podcast on your app and get the latest Noob Spearo Podcast episodes as soon as they release:) Enjoy!

Special Shoutouts: Ole Axel Schuller is the guy I started spearing with and he’s also the most active person in the Arctic Spearfishing business. As well as him, Sebastian Siwam Wada and Joel Burman are also a critical part of the crew.”

Arctic spearfishing Norway. Interview with Ole Johannes Duerlolimi and Gil Orr

Gil Orr | Arctic Spearfishing Halibut

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Interview Time Stamps

00:00 Intro: Mentioned;

06:42 Welcome to Gil and Ole (shoutout to Rachel from Brisbane Bullsharks)

20:00 How to stay warm spearfishing in cold climates (mentioned Dan Manns video tips to stay warm spearfishing)

24:00 Arctic Spearfishing Norway | Target Species

Arctic spearfishing Norway. Interview with Ole Johannes Duerlolimi and Gil Orr

Ole Johannes Duerlolimi and Gil Orr with huge Halibut

35:00 Hunting techniques for different species

44:00 Ole’s background and passion for the ocean

48:00 Toughest situation speafishing | Zodiac love

69:00 Gill’s best Halibut story

74:00 Ole’s best Halibut story (Full world record Halibut video here)

82:00 Spearo Q&A

  • Single best piece of spearfishing advice
  • If you had to start spearfishing all over again, what would you do differently?
  • Who is the best person to go spearfishing with and why?

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Arctic spearfishing Norway. Ole Johannes Duerlolimi with huge Halibut

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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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NSP:095 Jaap Verbaas | Myoglobin, Hypoxic Squats and Going Longer and Deeper

NSP:095 Jaap Verbaas | Myoglobin, Hypoxic Squats and Going Longer and Deeper

Interview with Dr. Jaap Verbaas

Today’s episode is an interview with the Author of Longer and Deeper, a cross training guide for freediving and spearfishing. Dr. Jaap Verbaas is a crash test dummy of the highest calibre. I geek out way too much and we talk about hypoxic squats, essential tools and mindset for improving your freediving performance and even diets that can help.

 

Standout highlights (for me) are Jaap’s experimental mindset and his demonstration of how to plan, measure, experiment and learn from each experiment.  If you are engaged in any form of freediving training then you will find plenty of value in this interview and the Longer and Deeper book.

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Interview Time Stamps

Background

6:00 Where are you based, what do you do and how did you get started freediving?

7:00 Freedivewire.com – what is it and what compelled you to become a freediving writer?

9:25 What freediving/spearfishing hurdles did you personally face and how did you overcome them? Jaap talks about equalizing issues at depth.

15:40 Canadian Spearfishing. Where do you spearfish? Chasing flounder in cold water with a Polespear

18:40 What’s your go-to fish dish

Dr. Jaap Verbaas Hypoxic Squats, Myoglobin and improving freediving performance

19:30 Longer and Deeper: Overview of the book and key concepts

 


I read the book and really enjoyed it – all of it. I think a huge part of why its such a good book is your Experimental Mindset:  Where did you acquire this habit? Are you a Tim Ferris fan? (I noticed the slow carb diet and lots of your methodology is similar)

  • How did you adopt this theorize, plan, measure, adapt methodology?
  • Is this a skill or orientation that all of us should adopt?
  • Muscle mass: when does it become counter-productive for freediving

Jaap Verbaas | Myoglobin, Hypoxic Squats and Going Longer and Deeper

Hacks for improving freediving performance

  • Blood quality and cardio: exploring the relationship
  • Myoglobin: the oxygen holding cells in your muscles. Theories about training to increase it
  • Hypoxic Squats: desaturating the oxygen in your muscles. Measuring the change
  • Hypoxic Squats: How to do them and the device you need to measure your oxygen saturation (oximeter – check this one out)
  • Spleenic contraction? Can you see it on an oxygen saturation graph when your body is steadily depleting?

40:10 Perfect Dive/Shit Dive comparison – great concept (this is awesome for looking at the separate metabolic phases of a dive that you can specifically target when training)

Can you walk me through a good spearfishing dive right now? I’m hunting reef fish in 18m/60ft and to get the fish curious enough I need to hold some bottom time. (I’d love to get into the dive phase concept – are there 4 phases in a spearfishing dive?)

Ok now the converse…what does a shit dive look like?

The physiological demands on the diver at each stage and how symptoms can point to what you may need to target in your own training regimen

Jaap Verbaas | Myoglobin, Hypoxic Squats and Going Longer and Deeper

My copy of Longer and Deeper is covered in highlighter and notes!

“The goal of training is to adapt the body to specific conditions. In freediving, the goal is to adapt the body to underwater conditions. These conditions include;

  • Increased pressure
  • Reduced Oxygen
  • Increased Carbon Dioxide

Specific training is possible for all 3 of these conditions” Dr. Jaap Verbaas

47:00 Can we talk about training for each of these conditions specifically for spearfishing?

  • CO2 Tables training can be great for spearos suffering early onset contractions
  • Mid-Distance Sprints for reducing lactate and leg soreness on the surface
  • Blood – improving quality. Cardio training boosts blood volume and is proven to improve the quality.
  • Swimming training is good for CO2 tolerance as well as cardiovascular training

*further detailed breakdowns and training plans are specifically laid out in Part 3 of the Longer and Deeper book

54:00 EXERCISES

  • Stretching (what about for 37 year old weapons?)
  • Animal Walks? The crab walk – I can’t do it.
  • Hypoxic Squats. How and why (this seems to be the biggest needle mover – why?)
  • Blood quality – Cardio – freedivers (top level can be anti)
  • Yoga and breathing

62:20 DIET: Myth Busting (are you rehearsing for the show)?

74:00 TOOLS

78:50 RANDOMS

  • What kind of stuff do freedivers and spearos do that annoys you?
  • Did you have any unexpected findings or conclusions, for apnea training?
  • What are you curious about and working on right now?
  • What can we expect from Jaap Verbaas in the future?

85:00 Freedive Wire

  • Tell us About FreediveWire.com
  • What kind of articles can guys find on there if they want to learn more
  • What determines the content you write about?
  • Where can people find you?

Contact Jaap at [email protected] or connect with him on Facebook or Instagram

Dr. Jaap Verbaas Bio

In 2011 Jaap moved to Perth after his MSc in the Netherlands. Unfortunately he did not dive there until 5 years later. In 2012 he made the move to Vancouver to start PhD. He earned his PhD from Simon Fraser University (2017) in geology. Thesis paper here: Worked on the 1600 million year old connection between Australia and Canada.

Other Scientific articles:

  1. The link between Australia and Canada
  2. Separation of Australia and Canada

In 2013 Jaap started freediving in Vancouver, Canada. “Shortly after I find myself living in my van for about 8 months, through winter. My freediving buddies were kind enough to help me dry my gear after dives.”

In 2015 Jaap founded Freedive Wire – now one of the most comprehensive and influential freediving sites on the internet. “I took a leave of absence from my PhD and founded Freedive Wire as a community site in late 2015. During this time, me and my GF, (now wife) were in Kuala Lumpur for 3 months. In the original website divers could sign up, post dive sites and so forth. A few months later I realized people were more interested in my articles than in the dive sites etc., even though I expected the dive sites and social aspect would be the most exciting. I started writing more and doing more research.”

In 2017 Jaap started experimenting training with diet, pure O2, oximetry and NIRS. He soon realized that most of the land-based exercises he was taught were only good for CO2 tolerance, not hypoxic training. After a hell of a lot of experimentatin and research he finally published Longer and Deeper.

Popular articles on Freedive Wire include:

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99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing Retail Outlets

Australian Spearfishing Retail Stores

  • Adreno – Brisbane. 56 Deshon St, Woolloongabba QLD 4102
  • Adreno – Melbourne. 1184 Nepean Hwy, Cheltenham VIC 3192
  • Adreno – Sydney. 1/678-682 Botany Rd, Alexandria NSW 2015
  • Adreno – Perth. 2C / 376 South St, O’Connor, WA, 6163
  • Spearfishing SuperstoreCairns. 303-305 Draper St, Parramatta Park QLD 4870
  • The Dive Shop – Port Lincoln. 4 S Quay Blvd, Port Lincoln SA 5606
  • Frogdive – Willoughby. 539 Willoughby Rd, NSW 2068
  • Spear and Fish Downunder – Newcastle.  990 Hunter street. Newcastle, NSW 2302
  • Spear West – 2/1 Baden Street, Osborne Park. Western Australia. 6017
  • Extreme Spearfishing – 1/539 Pitwater Road Brookevale, Sydney NSW 2100

USA Spearfishing Retail Stores

  • The Dive Source – Florida 16 #2, 3721, St Augustine, Florida
  • Oregon Freediving Company – Oregon City 919 7th St, Oregon

 

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NSP:094 Justin Baker Fort Pierce Spearfishing

NSP:094 Justin Baker Fort Pierce Spearfishing

Interview with Justin Baker

Fort Pierce Fireman Justin Baker joins me for one heck of a chat. There is a full-on conversation about hunting specific reef species and there are plenty of tips and ideas for you to try out and improve your own spearfishing skills.We also focus in on Fort Pierce as a spearfishing desitination and I ask him all about conditions, species, and how spearos roll in his part of Florida. Listen in and let us know what your biggest takeaway is!

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Justin Baker is the fourth SpearHead we have had the pleasure of interviewing (Jose Debasa, Aaron Chasse & Andrew Quincoses have all been on the show). These guys have an extremely cool YouTube Channel called SpearHeads TV so check it out and subscribe.

Timestamps

4:30 Justin Introduction. Sponsors SubSea Spearguns, Saltlife, Speared Apparel (past), Frontlne Freediving, Speared Magazine, Neuretic PoleSpears, Sharkshield.

Justin Baker Fort Pierce Spearfishing

7:00 Surfing and snorkelling from a young age and his spearfishing origins

11:00 First mega stoke fish on the spear – Mangrove Snapper

15:00 Looking fish in the eye and relaxation

18:00 Figuring fish out. Seeing, identifying, planning an approach/method for attracting them. Tricks and ideas for targeting difficult species

Fort Pierce Spearfishing with Justin Baker

29:55 Mid-Handle Speargun  – Justins chosen weapon of death

36:00 Scariest moment spearfishing and what he learned from it. Spearfishing SpearHeads TV Blackout Video

44:00 Veterans Vault: Fort Pierce Spearfishing

  • What is the bottom and structure like?
  • What species do you commonly target?
  • What species are great for noobs to target?
  • Can you spearfish?
  • What is the vis like?
  • Ripcharts App for weather
  • How do guys start spearfishing in the area?
  • Lobster hunting techniques

61:00 Funniest moment out spearfishing (Subscribe to SpearHeadsTV on YouTube here)

63:00 What is in your divebag?

66:00 Find Justin on Facebook | Instagram

These spearfishing retailers now have 99 Tips in stock!!

99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing Retail Outlets

Australian Spearfishing Retail Stores

  • Adreno – Brisbane. 56 Deshon St, Woolloongabba QLD 4102
  • Adreno – Melbourne. 1184 Nepean Hwy, Cheltenham VIC 3192
  • Adreno – Sydney. 1/678-682 Botany Rd, Alexandria NSW 2015
  • Adreno – Perth. 2C / 376 South St, O’Connor, WA, 6163
  • Spearfishing SuperstoreCairns. 303-305 Draper St, Parramatta Park QLD 4870
  • The Dive Shop – Port Lincoln. 4 S Quay Blvd, Port Lincoln SA 5606
  • Frogdive – Willoughby. 539 Willoughby Rd, NSW 2068
  • Spear and Fish Downunder – Newcastle.  990 Hunter street. Newcastle, NSW 2302
  • Spear West – 2/1 Baden Street, Osborne Park. Western Australia. 6017
  • Extreme Spearfishing – 1/539 Pitwater Road Brookevale, Sydney NSW 2100

USA Spearfishing Retail Stores

  • The Dive Source – Florida 16 #2, 3721, St Augustine, Florida
  • Oregon Freediving Company – Oregon City 919 7th St, Oregon

Fort Pierce Spearfishing with Justin Baker

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NSP:093 Tom Blandford GWS stories and respecting your prey

NSP:093 Tom Blandford GWS stories and respecting your prey

Interview with Tom Blandford

Great White Shark tales, White Sea Bass chasing and an epic Guadalupe day surrounded by huge fish. Sound like a fun listen?

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These are just a few of the highlights of this interview with veteran spearo Tom Blandford. As mentioned in the intro, I purchased (and read) Tom’s first book ‘A Dented Badge’ which has stories about his life serving in the LAPD during the 70’s and 80’s. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I think its a nice compliment to this interview which focuses on his spearfishing life. Listen in:)

Tom Blandford Noob Spearo Podcast Interview. INSTAGRAM POSTS(1)

Image left is a huge Amberjack. Image right is a picture given to him on the day of his retirement from the LAPD.

A bit about Tom Blandford

“He’s been diving forever — he decided to go to a local junior college back in the 60s because that would allow him to dive more than some of his other options. He was a founding member of the LAPD dive unit. He’s been a member of the Long Beach Neptunes since the early 80s (if not earlier). He made a bunch of trips to Baja in the 80s and 90s — actually spent several months once living out of a tent and a van on one of those trips, diving every day. More recently, he’s taken to cruising in the Sea of Cortez and has dived/spearfished in tons of different spots. Aside from all that, he’s mentioned in Terry Maas’s book in the story about the white shark incident in 1984 at Guadalupe Island — that’s the one where Harry Ingram was launched out of the water by a white shark. As luck would have it, my dad had a front row seat and helped get Harry out of the water. He also has his own white shark story from 1988 where he actually shot a white shark at point blank range! He’s an old salt now (74 in November), but he still dives quite a bit.” – Ron Blandford

Tom Blandford Spearfishing Quote

Interview Time Stamps

4:00 Tom’s beginnings. Shooting rocks and loving the spearfishing experieeince.

7:40 White Sea Bass hunting story

8:50 Early mentors Jack Prodonovich and Tom Murray

Jack Pradonovich (sp) holding his tuna gun. Notice two things: the gun has eight bands and the size of the reel is about the size of a basketball.

Jack Pradonovich (sp) holding his tuna gun. Notice two things: the gun has eight bands and the size of the reel is about the size of a basketball.

11:00 Long Beach Neptunes spearfishing club

14:00 One of Tom’s best days spearfishing in the Sea of Cortez. Surrounded by Yellow Fin Tuna, a huge Wahoo, massive Amberjack, Grouper and just one of those special days on the water.

21:00 Tom’s favorite two species to hunt are Yellowtail Kingfish and White Sea Bass. Tips for finding locations where Yellowtail are schooling and the technique he uses to shoot them when he’s in the right place. Bait species that Yellowtail chase including Mullet and Mackerel.

Tom Blandford with a White Sea Bass: This fish was shot at catalina Island. It may have been same trip where the white shark was speared off Eagle Reef

Tom Blandford with a White Sea Bass: This fish was shot at catalina Island. It may have been the same trip where the white shark was speared off Eagle Reef

27:50 Guadalupe Island and a very memorable Great White Shark incident. Big conversation about sharks.

48:00 Tom’s history serving in the LAPD dive unit.

54:00 The funniest moment he has had out on the water. Watching a Yellowtail try and keep up with a school of Bluefin Tuna

56:50 The contents of his divebag

62:00 Spearo Q&A

  • The single biggest lesson he has learned in his spearfishing is to respect the prey
  • The best piece of advice he has been given is to stop hyperventilating
  • Current challenges he faces
  • His favorite people to go spearfishing with are people with good judgement
  • “To hunt, respect the prey and enjoy eating it” is his main spearfishing motivation

To reach out to Tom email him at [email protected]

Harrys' Whit Shark pancake-day after GWS attack. Tom Blandford

The infamous pancake for Harry the day after his near-miss Great White Shark incident at Guadalupe

These spearfishing retailers now have 99 Tips in stock!!

99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing Retail Outlets

Australian Spearfishing Retail Stores

  • Adreno – Brisbane. 56 Deshon St, Woolloongabba QLD 4102
  • Adreno – Melbourne. 1184 Nepean Hwy, Cheltenham VIC 3192
  • Adreno – Sydney. 1/678-682 Botany Rd, Alexandria NSW 2015
  • Adreno – Perth. 2C / 376 South St, O’Connor, WA, 6163
  • Spearfishing SuperstoreCairns. 303-305 Draper St, Parramatta Park QLD 4870
  • The Dive Shop – Port Lincoln. 4 S Quay Blvd, Port Lincoln SA 5606
  • Frogdive – Willoughby. 539 Willoughby Rd, NSW 2068
  • Spear and Fish Downunder – Newcastle.  990 Hunter street. Newcastle, NSW 2302
  • Spear West – 2/1 Baden Street, Osborne Park. Western Australia. 6017
  • Extreme Spearfishing – 1/539 Pitwater Road Brookevale, Sydney NSW 2100

USA Spearfishing Retail Stores

  • The Dive Source – Florida 16 #2, 3721, St Augustine, Florida
  • Oregon Freediving Company – Oregon City 919 7th St, Oregon

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NSP:092 Captain Dan Walsh Vintage Equipment and Halibut Insights

NSP:092 Captain Dan Walsh Vintage Equipment and Halibut Insights

Interview with Dan Walsh

Vintage spearfishing equipment, advice and stories about spearfishing pioneers, and insights into hunting Halibut aka barn door. Dan Walsh has spent 50+ years on the water spearfishing, scuba diving, captaining boats, chasing abalone and making TV shows about the ocean, Dan has no shortage of awesome stories. To compliment the chat I have included a tonne of info about him below. Enjoy this episode of the Noob Spearo Podcast:)

About Dan Walsh

Dan was captain of the “Sand Dollar” dive boat along with Bill Johnston when Terry Maas shot his big Bluefin at Guadalupe Island off Baja. Although it weighed in officially at 399.4 lb it was well over 400lb when he shot it, was on deck several days and got some weight loss due to dehydration. He also loves diving for Abalone and Lobster (his biggest was over 13lb!).

In 1972 Dan became a Scuba Diving Instructor and 76 was the beginning of his boat Captaincy. Along the way he worked many well known dive shops including Scuba Sciences, San Diego Divers Supply, Aloha Dive Shop/Honolulu, Skin diving Hawaii, Kamehameha Divers/Kona. He also worked for AquaCraft/Bandito, Underwater Kinetics, Blue Water Wetsuits, Aleeda Wetsuits along with Captaining or crewing the Spirit of Adventure, Bottom Scratcher, Kona Princess, and Caribbean Explorer.  You may have seen some of his film well known film and television work such as ESPN Diving with Christopher Reeve, PBS Nature/Antartica, and Shark Week. He is still involved producing shows for CBS, NBC sports, and others.

Dan’s Old guys mask clearing technique: “Most of the Bottom Scratchers used tobacco and smeared a cigarette inside and rinsed it out to keep the mask from fogging.  I’ve never smoked and didn’t think that method was for me. I just used spit.”

Spearfishing Tips:

  1. Get comfortable in the water
  2. Learn to breathe—buy Breathology, The Flow book for mental calmness, yoga breathing etc
  3. Don’t rush things, take it easy as you learn and get more experienc.
  4. Get comfortable with your equipment + Get a really good mask!  A Low volume mask that fits well.
  5. Best advice ever from Jack Prodonovich:  you’re supposed to be having fun, you don’t need to try to prove anything.  Just have fun.
  6. Travel tip: Have some sort of dive/travel/accident insurance.  I have DAN Insurance which covers pretty much anything that I would need medically or emergency transit from an area.


Captain Dan Walsh Interview Time Stamps

06:00 Dan Walsh introduction and background. San Diego Bottom Scratchers stories and vintage spearfishing equipment.
12:25 Halibut hunting (Barn-door shooting)  in Dan’s local waters with his buddy George
22:00 How did you make the transition from shore diving to boats and eventually Captaining boats
32:00 What was one of your biggest obstacles starting out? Spearfishing equipment availability.
#mentioned Freediving Course with Mark Lozano and Ted Hartys Easy Frenzal Equalizing Course
35:00 What has been one of the best days out you’ve had? East Bonitas Island chasing White Sea Bass
41:30 What is your favorite species to hunt and how do you hunt them effectively? Halibut aka Barn Door
47:50 What is the toughest situation in the ocean you’ve been in and what did you learn from it?
#Mentioned Spearfishing with Sharks podcast
62:00 What is the funniest thing you’ve seen out spearfishing?
67:00 What is in your spearfishing divebag?
73:00 Spearo Q&A
Captain Dan Walsh Interview

Dan Walsh with Tuna and Dolphin Fish

These spearfishing retailers now have 99 Tips in stock!!

99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing Retail Outlets

Australian Spearfishing Retail Stores

  • Adreno – Brisbane. 56 Deshon St, Woolloongabba QLD 4102
  • Adreno – Melbourne. 1184 Nepean Hwy, Cheltenham VIC 3192
  • Adreno – Sydney. 1/678-682 Botany Rd, Alexandria NSW 2015
  • Adreno – Perth. 2C / 376 South St, O’Connor, WA, 6163
  • Spearfishing SuperstoreCairns. 303-305 Draper St, Parramatta Park QLD 4870
  • The Dive Shop – Port Lincoln. 4 S Quay Blvd, Port Lincoln SA 5606
  • Frogdive – Willoughby. 539 Willoughby Rd, NSW 2068
  • Spear and Fish Downunder – Newcastle.  990 Hunter street. Newcastle, NSW 2302
  • Spear West – 2/1 Baden Street, Osborne Park. Western Australia. 6017
  • Extreme Spearfishing – 1/539 Pitwater Road Brookevale, Sydney NSW 2100

USA Spearfishing Retail Stores

  • The Dive Source – Florida 16 #2, 3721, St Augustine, Florida
  • Oregon Freediving Company – Oregon City 919 7th St, Oregon

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NSP:091 Rob Harrison Spearfishing FUNdamentals

NSP:091 Rob Harrison Spearfishing FUNdamentals

Interview with Rob Harrison | Spearfishing FUNdamentals

The Veterans Vault section in this interview will serve as a blueprint for you if you are interested in starting and growing a spearfishing club. Rob Harrison was one of the core members responsible for driving extreme growth in the Auckland Freediving Club membership. Since then he has started a spearfishing training group called Spearfishing FUNdamentals. In this interview he discusses some of the core things clubs need to do to lay a foundation for growth such as having a powerful vision, establishing a cultural/social code, encouraging action oriented discussion and more. As usual there are tips to improve your hunting and freediving techniques along with a few laughs. Enjoy:)

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A NSP listener (Vaughan Podbielski) reached out to me with this recommendation. “I take part in a spearfishing dedicated training group (pool fitness / Co2 etc and lake depth training), group called Spearfishing FUNdamentals. It’s run by a good bugger named Rob Harrison. Rob is also an AIDA Master Instructor. I’ve just done my AIDA2 with him. Rob also used to be president of the Auckland Freediving Club but now focuses on spearfishing freediving. (also underwater hockey player for NZ).”

Here is what Rob had to say about the club. “… we now have a good crew and take turns at writing up the plan and programs. We have done 12 week focused training plans and have had members progress from 10m to 30m divers as a result. The idea for group came about in my last year at the Auckland Freediving Club.”

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Rob Harrison Mercury bay spearfishing open competitions. Winner Rob Harrison and partner

Recent winners at the Mercury Bay Spearfishing open

Interview Time Stamps

3:00 Intro to Rob Harrison’s background and stories starting out scuba diving and then freediving and spearfishing.

7:00 Early obstacles: Breath-hold and bottom time

8:45 Gary Conway early mentor and insights into exploring further species and using competitions to broaden your skills.

12:45 How did you develop your competition strategy? :

Awesome tip “Ask the experienced guys after the competition finishes about specific species tactics. They are much more inclined to share rather than before or during. A few beers post comp will yield some awesome info.”

17:00 Kings of the Coromandel Competition chat

21:18 Most memorable fish: 43kg (95lbs) Yellowtail Kingfish

26:00 Yellowtail Kingfish Eating Qualities + Robs Carpaccio Sashiimi Kingie Recipe

28:00 Spearfishing competition concept. Junior/Senior Partners 50% fish | 50% recipes

30:00 What is your favourite species to hunt and how do you hunt them effectively?

Weedline Hunting: John Dory, Terakihi and Boarfish. Two strategies. Hanging off the weedline and making noise. Getting off the edge, laying facedown, throwing sand up and holding bottom time (keep your fins flat and still).

37:20 Veterans Vault: How to grow a spearfishing club and community

How to grow a spearfishing club | Key Points

  • Vision | Mission | Objectives are essential
  • Contributing to social responsibility in a powerful way
  • Develop the leaders and people in the club. Pay for their training.
  • Minimum size of team leadership (5-8 is optimal)
  • Let people use their initiative
  • Have a social contract to build and self-enforce values in the community culture
  • Retrospective club meetings involving BBQ. What are we doing well? What do we need to do more of? What do we need to stop are a few of the questions they asked each other at the meetings.

Links to some of the items we discussed. Social contracts | Retrospectives | Spearfishing FUNdamentals on Facebook

63:40 What is one of the scariest moments you’ve had out spearfishing and what did you learn from it?

67:00 One of Rob’s funniest experiences

70:00 What’s in Robs’ divebag

75:00 Spearo Q&A

  • Most influential people in Robs spearfishing and freediving. Jonathan Sunnex (Freediving Instructor). Gary Conway and Craig Carter.
  • During your 30+ years spearfishing slowng down is one of the biggest lesssona hes learned
  • Dream future spearfishing destination is Ascension Island
  • “A way to calm the mind, enjoy the outdoors and catch a feed in one sport” – Rob Harrison
New Zealand Giant boarfish

As discussed Robs New Zealand Giant boarfish

Connect with Rob Harrison

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These spearfishing retailers now have 99 Tips in stock!!

99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing Retail Outlets

Australian Spearfishing Retail Stores

  • Adreno – Brisbane. 56 Deshon St, Woolloongabba QLD 4102
  • Adreno – Melbourne. 1184 Nepean Hwy, Cheltenham VIC 3192
  • Adreno – Sydney. 1/678-682 Botany Rd, Alexandria NSW 2015
  • Adreno – Perth. 2C / 376 South St, O’Connor, WA, 6163
  • Spearfishing SuperstoreCairns. 303-305 Draper St, Parramatta Park QLD 4870
  • The Dive Shop – Port Lincoln. 4 S Quay Blvd, Port Lincoln SA 5606
  • Frogdive – Willoughby. 539 Willoughby Rd, NSW 2068
  • Spear and Fish Downunder – Newcastle.  990 Hunter street. Newcastle, NSW 2302
  • Spear West – 2/1 Baden Street, Osborne Park. Western Australia. 6017
  • Extreme Spearfishing – 1/539 Pitwater Road Brookevale, Sydney NSW 2100

USA Spearfishing Retail Stores

  • The Dive Source – Florida 16 #2, 3721, St Augustine, Florida
  • Oregon Freediving Company – Oregon City 919 7th St, Oregon

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NSP:090 Josh Pederson how to take a kid spearfishing

NSP:090 Josh Pederson how to take a kid spearfishing

Interview with Josh Pederson from ThisOceanLifeTV

Josh joins me (Shrek) to give the lowdown about how to take a kid spearfishing but that’s not all. He recounts a recent adventure bluewater hunting for the first time and shares some of the key takeaways from his trip. If you are into water sports along with your spearfishing then you need to meet Josh. He interviews watermen and women from multiple pursuits like SUP riding long distance, surfers, and more on his show called ThisOceanLifeTV Podcast – check it out….right after you listen to this interview!

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Time Stamps

10:40 All about Josh’s show ThisOceanLifeTV Podcast

17:00 The love affair with all things water begins

21:00 Recent bluewater trip chasing Bluefin Tuna. Key takeaways and the anticipation.

37:10 The challenge of spearfishing with a focus on central California. Species, water temps and seasonal variations.

Crucial RESOURCE mentioned: Sea Foragers Guide to the Northern California Coast

The Sea Forager's Guide to the Northern California Coast

45:00 How do you deal with Leg Cramp? Endurolyte type tablet on Amazon here. Building leg strength in the gym also helps reduce cramp spearfishing according to Josh.

52:00 Hunting Cabezon tips. Often searching shallow yields the best fish. So wear a little extra weight and stay just outside the breaking surf zone. Josh recommends using a pole spear and keeping your body super compact.

57:45 Toughest situation in the ocean for Josh was paddling out into huge surf and not having a large enough board and more importantly multiple exit points. His advice is spending more time planning and checking your ego at the door.

64:00 VETERANS VAULT: How to take a kid spearfishing

  • First up: What is a good rule of thumb for minimum age/capability etc?
  • What crucial things do they need to know before they hit the water?
  • What rules do you give them to keep them safe?
  • What do you let them do?
  • What kind of location is ideal for taking kids out?
  • How do you get them to shoot that first fish?
  • Do you need to help them frame the experience?
  • What kind of things are important to teach them about spearfishing with regards to hunting ethics, valuing the ocean, respect etc?

Josh Pederson talking about how to take a kid spearfishing

93:00 What has been your funniest moment out spearfishing?

97:00 Spearo Q&A

  • “Spearfishing is an intimate connection with the ocean.” – Josh Pederson
  • Dave Bennei is Joshs favorite person to go spearfishing with.
  • The White Sea Bass is a future goal fish for him.

So check out Joshs Podcast at https://thisoceanlifetv.podbean.com/

Josh on Instagram | Facebook

These spearfishing retailers now have 99 Tips in stock!!

99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing Retail Outlets

Australian Spearfishing Retail Stores

  • Adreno – Brisbane. 56 Deshon St, Woolloongabba QLD 4102
  • Adreno – Melbourne. 1184 Nepean Hwy, Cheltenham VIC 3192
  • Adreno – Sydney. 1/678-682 Botany Rd, Alexandria NSW 2015
  • Adreno – Perth. 2C / 376 South St, O’Connor, WA, 6163
  • Spearfishing SuperstoreCairns. 303-305 Draper St, Parramatta Park QLD 4870
  • The Dive Shop – Port Lincoln. 4 S Quay Blvd, Port Lincoln SA 5606
  • Frogdive – Willoughby. 539 Willoughby Rd, NSW 2068
  • Spear and Fish Downunder – Newcastle.  990 Hunter street. Newcastle, NSW 2302
  • Spear West – 2/1 Baden Street, Osborne Park. Western Australia. 6017
  • Extreme Spearfishing – 1/539 Pitwater Road Brookevale, Sydney NSW 2100

USA Spearfishing Retail Stores

  • The Dive Source – Florida 16 #2, 3721, St Augustine, Florida
  • Oregon Freediving Company – Oregon City 919 7th St, Oregon

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NSP:089 Sam Blount Front Line Freediving | Spearfishing First Aid

NSP:089 Sam Blount Front Line Freediving | Spearfishing First Aid

Interview with Sam Blount from Frontline Freediving

Sam Blount from Frontline freediving in Wilmington, North Carolina joins us to share some very practical information for all spearos. Specifically we take a look at the 4 most serious types of injuries and accidents that can happen to spearos and then we scenario plan exactly how Sam would deal with each of these events. He’s a former marine and has designed a trauma kit specifically for spearfishing so this episode covers a tonne of first responder information. As well as first aid we learn a whole lot about African Pompano and Hogfish as well as practical info for getting serious about underwater photography. On a personal level, this episode made me think about how I would respond in some tough situations and also fired me up to hunt AP’s. Let us know what you think in the comments or join the conversation on Facebook here.

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Spearfishing First Aid. Sam Blount Photography. Frontline Freediving

Interview Time Stamps

8:00 Sam Introduction and a catchup about current spearfishing conditions in North Carolina

11:00 How Sam started spearfishing, Terry Maas Book

13:00 African Pompano (AP). Spearfishing, behaviour, food and the story of his first capture

18:00 North Carolina bottom, benthos and the local spearfishing experience

20:00 Hogfish research takeaways

22:30 Early obstacles spearfishing. Mark Winterburg and Brian Davis were two early mentors. Equalizing issues spearfishing.

26:45 We ask Sam, what obstacle or issue are you working on right now?

28:00 What has been your most memorable catch spearfishing?

36:00 What is your favourite species to hunt and what technique do you use to hunt them effectively?

41:50 What is the scariest moment you’ve had in the ocean?

48:40 Veterans Vault: Frontline First Aid for Spearfishing (Spearfishing Trauma Kit Here)

  • What are the three major injuries that can happen spearfishing?
  • What is the treatment/process for each spearfishing related accident?
  • What equipment to you need? What gear do you have in the Frontline First Aid Trauma/Response Kit?
  • What to do in the event of shark bites, massive trauma (boat prop damage etc), burns, broken bones, puncture and stab wounds.
  • How do you get an injured diver onto a boat?
  • In the event of an unconscious diver get them to the surface, protect their airway, on the surface get their mask of their face and blow, tap, touch and check response, listen to the episode for more information from Sam
  • After a blackout or samba the spearfisher should stop diving for the day and be under observation

Sam Blount Front Line Freediving | Spearfishing First Aid

77:00 What is one of the funniest moments you’ve had out spearfishing?

79:45 Do you recommend new spearos get a reelgun?

86:40 What’s in your spearfishing dive bag?

88:50 What’s your photography rig?

  • Sony A6000/A6300 rig for starting (check out our Amazon Affiliate link here)
  • Basic settings for spearfishing include 250 ss/500ss for faster moving animals like dolphins/ F8/ ISO below 800 (as low as you can go)
  • What are some nice basic shots for guys starting out?
  • Start sooner and get more footage
  • Lightroom and Adobe

96:45 Spearo Q&A

  1. Who has been the most influential people in your spearfishing?
  2. What has been the best advice you’ve been given?

97:40 Where can people find you Sam?

Instagram | Facebook | frontlinefreediving.com

These spearfishing retailers now have 99 Tips in stock!! (does your retailer have it!)

 

99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing Retail Outlets

 

  • Adreno – Brisbane. 56 Deshon St, Woolloongabba QLD 4102
  • Adreno – Melbourne. 1184 Nepean Hwy, Cheltenham VIC 3192
  • Adreno – Sydney. 1/678-682 Botany Rd, Alexandria NSW 2015
  • Adreno – Perth. 2C / 376 South St, O’Connor, WA, 6163
  • Spearfishing SuperstoreCairns. 303-305 Draper St, Parramatta Park QLD 4870
  • The Dive Shop – Port Lincoln. 4 S Quay Blvd, Port Lincoln SA 5606
  • Frogdive – Willoughby. 539 Willoughby Rd, NSW 2068
  • Spear and Fish Downunder – Newcastle.  990 Hunter street. Newcastle, NSW 2302
  • Spear West – 2/1 Baden Street, Osborne Park. Western Australia. 6017
  • Extreme Spearfishing – 1/539 Pitwater Road Brookevale, Sydney NSW 2100

Noob Spearo Partners + some spearfishing discounts

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NSP:088 Dry Training for Spearfishing + Cris Dillon Spearjunkies Update

NSP:088 Dry Training for Spearfishing + Cris Dillon Spearjunkies Update

2 Part Monster!

101 Dry Training for Spearfishing + Cris Dillon Spearjunkies Update


This epiode is a bit different. The first 30 minutes are all about improving your breath-hold using dry training. The second half of the show is a  Cris Dillon Spearjunkies Update. These guys are travelling the world seeking 12 species that many of us can only dream about encountering. If you have trouble getting in the water at least a few times a week, then you will take some practical information out of the dry training section to improve your breath-hold. We can all do with more stoke factor and Cris from the Spearjunkies crew never fails to deliver with his stories, this time from adventures in Madagascar and Panama. Listen in!

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Interview Time Stamps (Full Dry Training Guide for Spearfishing here)

 

4:00 Dry Training for Spearfishing

5:00 Why would people consider dry training for improving their spearfishing performance

5:50 Can you increase your breath-hold using dry training?

7:10 Technique: The Turtle Walk. What is it and how do you do it?

9:45 The Couch Potato. Using advert breaks to train your breath-hold. Deep Spearfishing’s ‘Dive, Hold, Shoot series’

11:45 The Full Breath

13:30 What are CO2 tables and how do you use them?

16:30 What are O2 tables and how do you use them?

17:40 What is VO2 max training and how is relevant for spearfishing?

19:45 What are some good tools, apps and books for learning more about dry training for spearfishing?

23:40 What are some useful courses and programs to get some specific outcomes for spearfishing (Use code NOOBSPEARO to save)

  • 10 Meter (30 Feet) Freediver
  • 5 Minute Freediver
  • How to improve your breath hold for spearfishing Video by Aquatic Rehab

Full Dry Training For Spearfishing Guide Available Here

Dry Training For Spearfishing


Cris Dillon Spearjunkies Update


30:00 Where did you go in Panama? What were the target species and who did you go with? (Enrique Untiedt Panama Spearfishing guide)

  • Cubera
  • Amberjack
  • Tarpon
  • Roosterfish

42:20 Where did you go in Madagascar? What were the target species? How did you guys go?

  • Dogtooth Tuna
  • Giant Trevally
  • Sailfish (See the sailfish attack video here)

What have you learned with regards to travelling with spearfishing equipment?

  • What to pack?
  • How many spearguns should you take?

55:30 What are the next trips you’ve got planned this year?

  • Latham Islands off the coast of Tanzania
  • Tonga
  • New Zealand – 3 Kings Islands

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These spearfishing retailers now have 99 Tips in stock!! (does your retailer have it!)

 

99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing Retail Outlets

 

  • Adreno – Brisbane. 56 Deshon St, Woolloongabba QLD 4102
  • Adreno – Melbourne. 1184 Nepean Hwy, Cheltenham VIC 3192
  • Adreno – Sydney. 1/678-682 Botany Rd, Alexandria NSW 2015
  • Adreno – Perth. 2C / 376 South St, O’Connor, WA, 6163
  • Spearfishing SuperstoreCairns. 303-305 Draper St, Parramatta Park QLD 4870
  • The Dive Shop – Port Lincoln. 4 S Quay Blvd, Port Lincoln SA 5606
  • Frogdive – Willoughby. 539 Willoughby Rd, NSW 2068
  • Spear and Fish Downunder – Newcastle.  990 Hunter street. Newcastle, NSW 2302

Noob Spearo Partners + some spearfishing discounts

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NSP:087 Wayne Judge Spearfishing Training

NSP:087 Wayne Judge Spearfishing Training

Interview with Wayne Judge


Wayne is an absolute gun at coaching spearos to improve their spearfishing. This episode has some excellent takeaways for guys wanting to improve their breath-hold, finning technique and become more effective in the water. He achieves these results by getting people into regular pool training using targeted exercises in a 12 week program. This episode we also dig into hunting Dogtooth Tuna. Despite Wayne being self-deprecating with regards to his hunting ability, we get a tonne of actionable intel from him in order to hunt Dogtooth Tuna successfully. Do not miss this episode – subscribe to the Noob Spearo Podcast via the links below. Listen in for some Wayne Judge spearfishing training tips!

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Wayne Judge Spearfishing Training

Wayne Judge Big Green Jobfish

Interview Time Stamps

7:00 Wayne Judge’s spearfishing origins | Sydney spearfishing and the North Shore Underwater Crew

13:00 Wayne shares the story of the one that got away

14:45 Memorable spearfishing experience starting spearfishing with his son Ant Judge (Ants interview here)

16:30 Advice for guys getting started spearfishing in South East Queensland

17:30 What is your favorite species to hunt spearfishing? Dogtooth Tuna

17:45 What are some tips for hunting Dogtooth Tuna

23:00 What is the toughest situation you’ve had in the ocean?

Wayne Judge Spearfishing Training

Wayne Judge Yellowtail Kingfish Shorediving

27:40 Veterans Vault – Wayne Judge Spearfishing Training – in the pool

  • What are you most proud of as a freediving coach?
  • How do you train for spearfishing?
  • Why can’t guys just spearfish more?
  • What does your training program look like?
  • What progress can people expect from doing a 12 week program?
  • What is CO2 training?
  • What is O2 training?
  • Can you give us a specific example of one pool training method for spearfishing?
  • What are the problems you see consistently with spearos?
  • Audience questions. How important are surface intervals?
  • What is your opinion on purge valves?

68:00 What is the funniest thing you have experienced out in the ocean?

 

Wayne Judge Spearfishing Training

These spearfishing retailers now have 99 Tips in stock!! (does your retailer have it!)

 

99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing Retail Outlets

 

  • Adreno – Brisbane. 56 Deshon St, Woolloongabba QLD 4102
  • Adreno – Melbourne. 1184 Nepean Hwy, Cheltenham VIC 3192
  • Adreno – Sydney. 1/678-682 Botany Rd, Alexandria NSW 2015
  • Adreno – Perth. 2C / 376 South St, O’Connor, WA, 6163
  • Spearfishing SuperstoreCairns. 303-305 Draper St, Parramatta Park QLD 4870
  • The Dive Shop – Port Lincoln. 4 S Quay Blvd, Port Lincoln SA 5606
  • Frogdive – Willoughby. 539 Willoughby Rd, NSW 2068
  • Spear and Fish Downunder – Newcastle.  990 Hunter street. Newcastle, NSW 2302

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NSP:086 Nikki Watt Strayan Spearfisherwoman

NSP:086 Nikki Watt Strayan Spearfisherwoman

Interview with Nikki Watt

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie….this interview is terrible. Turbo and Nikki Watt gang up on me and talk Strayan non-stop….nah jokes. This is a very good interview with a super knowledgeable and really good communicator.  Nikki Watt is the womans spearfishing world record and Australian record holder for Black Marlin and in this interview she shares her story about their epic one hour batttle. Nikki’s observational skills come through loud and clear in this chat and I learned several things about hunting dogtooth tuna and spearfishing equipment. This was a bloody fun interview but let us know what you think in the comments or even better leave us an honest review!

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Nikki Watt Interview Time Stamps

2:00 Introduction and greeting

5:30 Nikki’s spearfishing beginnings and background

7:45 First fish on the spear

8:50 Early issues – equalizing problems spearfishing

12:35 Early equipment lessons and a funny story about using a fuel line for a snorkel

14:50 Did you have a spearfishing mentor? Unique female struggles

21:40 Memorable fish – 154.9kg Black Marlin the womans world record!

28:25 What is your favourite fish to hunt and what spearfishing hunting techniques do you use to hunt them successfully?

33:50 What is the toughest situation you have experienced in the ocean?

 

40:00 Veterans Vault – Hunting Pelagic Fish such as Spanish Mackerel, Dogtooth Tuna and Wahoo

53:30 Funniest times spearfishing

54:45 Do you have any advice for women getting into spearfishing?

57:00 What is in your divebag?

61:00 Who is the best person to go spearfishing with and why?

62:55 What spearfishing destination would you like to conquer next?

63:30 What is the single best piece of advice you’ve ever been given for spearfishing?

63:55 Who has been the most influential person in your spearfishing?

Find Nikki on Instagram here

 

 

Nikki Watt Spearfisherwoman Green Jobfish

Nikki Watt Spearfisherwoman with a Green Jobfish

These spearfishing retailers now have 99 Tips in stock!! (let your retailer know that they should stock it!)

 

99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing Retail Outlets

 

  • Adreno – Brisbane. 56 Deshon St, Woolloongabba QLD 4102
  • Adreno – Melbourne. 1184 Nepean Hwy, Cheltenham VIC 3192
  • Adreno – Sydney. 1/678-682 Botany Rd, Alexandria NSW 2015
  • Adreno – Perth. 2C / 376 South St, O’Connor, WA, 6163
  • Spearfishing SuperstoreCairns. 303-305 Draper St, Parramatta Park QLD 4870
  • The Dive Shop – Port Lincoln. 4 S Quay Blvd, Port Lincoln SA 5606
  • Frogdive – Willoughby. 539 Willoughby Rd, NSW 2068
  • Spear and Fish Downunder – Newcastle.  990 Hunter street. Newcastle, NSW 2302

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NSP:085 Josh Humbert Visualization for Spearos

NSP:085 Josh Humbert Visualization for Spearos

Interview with Josh Humbert

Kamoka Pearls, hyperventilation, visualization for spearfishing and even a severe code brown story! This interview with Josh Humbert has a hell of a lot of nuggets in it and not just brown ones. We discuss his early beginnings in the ocean and encountering a complete lack of information which resulted in a near miss that helped him to take his approach to freediving and spearfishing a little differently. I seriously encourage you to listen into an experienced waterman share some hard won tips and insights in this Noob Spearo Podcast interview.

 

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Spearfishing News and Updates

Abardon Tahiti Josh Humbert

 

These spearfishing retailers now have 99 Tips in stock!! (let your retailer know that they should stock it!)

  • Adreno Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and now Perth
  • Spearfishing Superstore Cairns
  • Dive Shop Port Lincoln

Josh Humbert Interview Timestamps


13:00 Josh’s background and early beginnings in the ocean and spearfishing. He caught his first fish at 2 years old!

22:00 Early obstacles – lack of information. Hyperventilating and a near miss

29:45 Most memorable fish

33:05 Portland spearfishing – species, prevailing conditions, issues, and places to go

Hunting technique – bottom time approach on Jacks

49:25 Scariest moment

55:40 Veterans Vault – Visualization for Spearfishing

  • What is Visualization?
  • How does it apply to spearfishing?
  • What are some of the benefits of visualization?
  • How do you do it effectively?
  • What does your visualization process look like?
  • How long do you spend doing this?

66:10 What is funniest moment you’ve had out spearfishing?

70:50 What is in your spearfishing divebag?

72:30 Spearo Q&A – Turbo’s Turds

  • What does the spearfishing mean to you in one sentence?
  • If you had to start spearfishing all over again, what would you do differently?
  • What is the spearfishing destination that you haven’t visited that you would like to?
  • If guys are going to dive Tahiti where should they go?

Connect with Josh Humbert @

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NSP:084 12 Tips to Improve Your Spearfishing

NSP:084 12 Tips to Improve Your Spearfishing

12 Tips to Improve Your Spearfishing

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Extracts from the full audiobook 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing

Concise actionable information to improve your spearfishing in an audio format. This episode has a 12 tip selection from the audio book 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing. If you would like to get hold of the full free version check it out here http://www.audibletrial.com/noobspearo

Improve Your Spearfishing

Sourced from more than 40 interviews and distilled into actionable bite size chunks this book is purely for grabbing hold of information to help you improve. Buy the fully illustrated guide at Indiegogo here.

 

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NSP:083 101 Sustainable Spearfishing with Andrew Lewin

NSP:083 101 Sustainable Spearfishing with Andrew Lewin

Sustainable Spearfishing

Interview with Andrew Lewin from Speak Up For The Blue Podcast

 

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This episode is a chat about the concept of sustainability and how we can each get involved in looking after the marine environment. Speak Up For The Blue Podcast Host and self proclaimed Oceanpreneur Andrew Lewin joins me in a wide ranging conversation about spearfishing, sustainability and being more aware of ocean conservation efforts in general. If you spend time in the ocean, there are a few interesting discussion points in this interview including fisheries management, parrot fish impacts on reefs, previous research on the Mississippi plume that Andrew was involved in, spearfishing groups that remove invasive species and cutting through the noise around the word ‘sustainable’.

I thoroughly enjoyed myself but please share your thoughts about the episode with me on the Noob Spearo Facebook Community Group here.

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Sustainable Spearfishing conversation with Andrew Lewin

 

Sustainable Spearfishing Interview Highlights

7:00 Andrew Lewin introduction and background

12:00 Parrot fish Discussion

24:00 Studying the Mississippi River Plume in the Gulf of Mexico

29:00 What is your perspective of spearfishing and spearo’s?

32:40 What fisheries management strategies are effective and which are not?

43:00 Dynamite fishing and cyanide. Discussion about pressures on fisheries around the world.

45+ How spearo’s can contribute to marine conservation

 

 

Other Links and Articles Mentioned

  • 99 Tips To Get Better At Spearfishing Amazon (no pics) | Indiegogo On Demand
  • IN THE NEWS. Spearo’s rescued: a couple of blokes in the UK became stuck on some rocks at Wembury point due to a big rushing tide. They were successfully rescued by the Plymouth Coastguard RNLI. This one highlights the trouble you can get yourself into with current and tide. If you are diving a new spot find out from the locals about current and check the tide times and the size of the tide. If you have a large volume of water moving between tides it means that you will have a lot of run which isnt much fun! Full article here
  • This article is a look at how the abalone fishery closure has increased the number of guys learning spearfishing. He also highlights the present concerns about overabundance of purple urchins. Now Urchins or (Kina in New Zealand, Uni in Japan) are a delicacy but they require a gentle introduction as the taste is quite strong. So here are some basics for having a try yourself.
    1. Turn the urchin upside down and stick your knife in the hole and work it backwards and forwards using force rather than the blade (or you can break it open with the backend of you knife)
    2. Give it a rinse in salty water (on the day is best) and this will get rid of most of the crap)
    3. Get a teaspoon in there and scoop out the orange row and put in in a separate container.

    You can eat it exactly like that with no cooking or anything but its a string taste. Personally I like them most of the time although they do seem to change taste with water temp and i dont know what else. If you want to try it like that maybe you could have it with lemon and soy or even better keep it and try out this recipe ‘CHILLED SEA URCHIN AND FARRO PASTA – its super simple. Pretty much just cook the pasta and then add the urchin, sauce and some herbs together in a bowl then cook and combine.

    It looks delicious and you are helping the environment over there by utilizing this resource and correcting an imbalance in the local ecosystem there in California. Sea Urchin in general are a highly sustainable seafood but ask local people in your area first if you are not sure.

  • Recent research published in International Council for the Exploration of the Sea ICES MArine Science Journal covers an interesting topic.Spearfishing modulates flight initiation distance of fishes: the effects of protection, individual size, and bearing a speargunI think this article is interesting because it highlights a number of important factors.
    1. Spearfishing changes your body language. Holding a speargun changes the way fish perceive you. Is that because they can visually distinguish you have a weapon? Check out this article i will link up to think about it further.
    2. Also fish populations behavior changes when faced with regular spearfishing pressure. Now if you have been spearfishing one area for a long time and experience the summertime spearo phenomenon this is not news to you. This is why experienced guys head deeper and wider – they want to avoid spots that face regular spearo invasion. This also means that many fish populations can protect their numbers to an extent when faced with spearfishing pressure. However I read this article by Lebanese spearos who have smashed their local waters and simply changed tactics to capture more fish. In this article they directly talk about changing local spearos and other fisherman’s attitudes towards fishing practices but its not easy as their livelihoods depend on it.

    In this article they mention that in 2006 with local Hezbollah conflict the waters were not fished for one month and in that small amount of time they saw some recovery in fish populations. After reading this article it makes me feel grateful to fish Australian and New Zealand waters where fishing pressures are nowhere near as bad as the MED however we also want to stay proactive about keeping them good and even improving certain fish populations

     

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Spearfishing on Boats – Do’s and Don’ts

Spearfishing on Boats – Do’s and Don’ts

Looking out for the Boat Owner | Spearfishing on Boats

 

This is a primer on boating basics for spearo’s. If you want to have a good time out spearfishing on other peoples boats then there are a few tips here about how to be a great guest and maybe even get invited back next time!

 

Meeting the Boat Owner | Learning your way around the boat

 

Often I’ve met a boat owner at the ramp very early in the morning. You need to learn a few things to be safe and know what to do in case of emergency and even deal with common situations that occur out on the water. Ideally the boat owner will give you an induction on the ways of her boat. If she doesn’t, here are a few things to ask;

  • Where are the bungs?
  • How do you launch and retrieve the vessel at the ramp and what do you want me to do?
  • Where do you want my gear stowed and do you have room for a bag or a tub?
  • When should I get in the boat?
  • How do I start your boat, and where is the bilge pump switch?
  • Where are the life jackets stored?
  • Where is the radio, flares, first aid kits?
  • At the end of the day ask the following – “How much do I owe you for petrol, oil, wear and tear on your car and boat and trailer?  Are you sure that’s enough? It costs cash not fresh air to have taken me out today.” REMEMBER TO PAY THE BOAT OWNER ON THE DAY, don’t let him chase you. You may not be asked back again.

 

Looking out for the Boat Owner | Spearfishing on Boats

 

Boat License | Marine Radio Use | First Aid

 

I didn’t grow up on boats and despite spending a hell of a lot time on the water, I knew bugger all about boats when I started spearfishing. One of the best things I did was get a boat license – I learned a shitload and nearly all of it was useful. I also bought an older boating book that Turbo takes the mickey out of me for, but it has given me a few more clues about boats (many of the blokes you go out with seem to be salty seadogs who have spent their lives on boats so it pays to catch up a bit if you can).

In 2016 Turbo and I did a marine radio and first aid refresher training course care (read the write-up here) of AUFQ. Surprisingly we both enjoyed it and learned a tonne. I would encourage you to gt involved with your spearfishing club and get involved with events like this – the training is super practical if you’re a spearo and if you go with mates its fun too.

 

Looking out for the Boat Owner | Spearfishing on Boats

 

Here are some basic boating Dos and Don’ts from Simon Trippe + a few from salty seadogs in our private Facebook group

Spearfishing on Boats | Don’ts

  • Don’t be late to meet at the boat ramp
  • Don’t take the kitchen sink with you, space is a premium – be tidy!
  • Don’t swim too far from the boat, and let the skipper know in what direction you intend to swim.
  • If the skipper has told you he is only going to be 15 minutes in a spot, don’t swim 15 miles in the opposite direction. Be back in or near the boat in 15.
  • Don’t throw your float out as soon as you pull up to a spot, wait until the boat is securely at anchor.  When you alight from the boat do check that your rig cord is not wrapped around the motor leg.
  • Don’t jump in with a splash!
  • Don’t stick your fat finger onto the vessel’s electronics, or declare the last boat you went out on had much better electronics; you may find the repair bill is your monthly wage, and ask yourself why you aren’t out on that last boat today.
  • Don’t ever pull the gear stick into reverse whilst there are revs on the motor, you can do good damage. From forward thrust – engage into neutral – wait until revs subside – then engage reverse.
  • Don’t leave your chip packets, barely consumed staminade bottles and other of your rubbish lying in the boat – remove all of your own personal rubbish off the boat.
  • Don’t ever take bananas on board a boat.
  • Don’t bring a hand held GPS and ‘borrow’ marks. In fact forget the spots you are taken to.

Boats_Advice. Spearfishing on boats

Spearfishing on Boats | Dos

  • Do offer to set the anchor and retrieve it. If you don’t know the procedure, ask, you will be shown.  Share this duty around the crew!
  • Do look out for the boat whilst you are in the water, first diver in the water should check that the anchor is set well.  If you think the boat has drifted swim after it! DO reset the anchor.
  • If you notice the dive flag is not up in the boat, swim back and put it up – it may save your life.
  • When drift diving do show patience as the skipper and crew may need time to get the drift setup.
  • If stopping only for 10 minutes, do offer to boatie! (especially helpful in a comp)
  • When you can see the boat and crew are heading in your direction, do wrap your rig cord up, unload your gun and then hand the gun butt first to the crewman.
  • Do listen to the skipper when he tells you the best way to enter the boat from the water.
  • Do take your weight belt off and cleanly pass it over the gunwale until you have learnt correct entry procedure and are fluid in the technique – why is this? So you don’t smash the fiberglass to pieces with.
  • IF you don’t wish to be first in the water Do get out of the way and do help those keener divers to get in. If you do wish to be first in do it quickly and considerately.
  • Do be very wary of the pointy end of your gun while ‘gearing up’ in the boat.
  • Watch your flippers and don’t take out someone’s shin, or face when alighting from the boat and watch you don’t scratch the outboard cowling cover.
  • Do offer fuel money at the end of the day
  • Do offer to wash the boat, or clean the fish while the skipper washes the boat.
  • Do immediately wipe the blood and guts off the boat’s surfaces and floors before it dries, a 5 second job becomes a 5 minute one.
  • Do stow your equipment as the skipper directs. This helps with weight distribution which is crucial for a number of reasons. It also helps you not to lose stuff which is more common than you know!

Boats_Advice. Spearfishing on boats

These are by no means a comprehensive list so please put your tips in the comments! (and join us on Facebook!)

The importance of continued learning

The importance of continued learning

The importance of continued learning in spearfishing

 

In everyday life we place so much importance on continually learning, so why should spearfishing and freediving be any different?

There is always lots of encouragement about taking a freediving course when you first start out, but what happens after that?

I think the time has come where we should put more emphasis on continuing our learning and taking further freediving courses to help further our own progression, whilst learning to do it safely. This not only makes us safer divers whilst learning to push our own limits, but also teaches us how to become an even better dive buddy than we already are.

After doing lots of research, I found that AIDA are at the forefront of freediving and so it was only right that I would then book in with Lucas Handley at The Underwater Academy in Sydney to do my Aida level 2 freediving course.

 

Continued Learning in Spearfishing Sven Franklin. Freediving Course Stage 2

Image Credit Lucas Handley

Here are a few of my biggest takeaways from the 3 day freediving course

Don’t turn up expecting to have it handed to you on a silver platter

 

Freediving isn’t an easy sport, and like all good things it takes lots of practice and hard work to take yourself to the next level in your diving. Make sure you come into the course with an open and willing mind. There is so much information that you will learn, and lots of self improvement that will need to be done to help you on your way to reach the bottom times and depths you dream of. Lucas was great at helping me work on things from relaxing my mind, through to keeping my chin tucked in and shoulders relaxed. After lots of dives, guidance and perseverance I was able to get my streamlining down pat and become very efficient with my movements.

Become a deeper and safer dive buddy

 

In the level 2 course we learnt how to rescue someone from 10 metres. We also learnt how to safely and correctly swim someone back to shore, and how to get them out of the water to give them first aid if they are still non responsive.

These are all vital to learn, and I am so glad that I now have these skills and knowledge as I know that if anything goes pear shaped, I have greater chances of saving my buddies life.
Lucas also highlighted many other safety tips for when out spearfishing. My favourite was being a proper dive buddy, and the one up one down technique. As Lucas said “There are 2 fillets to a fish, one for you and one for your buddy”. I think this a great take away as I would much rather share my catch knowing my buddy has my back and I have his, instead of making a phone call to their loved ones saying we have lost them as we all decided to swim off to do our own thing.

 

Learn to be comfortable, with being uncomfortable

 

This has to be my favourite thing I learnt from Lucas. Quiet simply put, carbon dioxide building up in our lungs isn’t the nicest feeling in the world, but it is one we should learn to embrace and accept. Lucas was able to pinpoint where I had built a wall of where I would become uncomfortable and decide it was time to come up for air again. He helped me so much to break down this wall, and not only to understand the effects of carbon dioxide on the body, but also how to mentally prepare myself and embrace the experience. It is still something I will continually work on, but it was a great feeling to finally reach new phases in my carbon dioxide experiences.

I learnt so much from my Aida level 2 course with Lucas, and this is coming from someone who has seen and read so many different books, article, and videos prior. I highly recommend you invest your time and efforts back into yourself and your diving as it definitely helps make a world of difference not just to your own diving, but it will also give you great understanding and piece of mind of how to be the best dive buddy you could possibly be.

I could not have reached my goal of diving to 20 meters if it wasn’t for the amazing teachings from Lucas. I highly recommend going to Sydney to do his Aida level 2 course! I am very excited to do my Aida level 3 with him in September.

 

Continued Learning in Spearfishing Sven Franklin. Freediving Course Stage 2

NSP:082 Alex Davis Spearfishing Barbados

NSP:082 Alex Davis Spearfishing Barbados

Alex Davis Spearfishing Barbados Interview

British spearfishing and freediving instructor Alex Davis joins me from Barbados to share his spearfishing story. I learn about how he started his business, Spearfishing Barbados, his freediving experience and we dial right in on targeting Lionfish. Topics covered include Lionfish range, size, breeding, predators, food source, how to find them and how to deal with the spines. This is an informative chat and I thoroughly enjoyed talking about filleting, a good GoPro alternative, Barbados spearfishing conditions and some of the lessons Alex has learned over the years. Check it out and join the conversation on Facebook here.

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Alex Davis Freediving and Spearfishing Instructor

Alex Davis preparing to set a Barbados Freediving Record

Interview Time highlights

00:00 News and updates from Turbo

04:00 Alex Davis introduction and a bit of info about how he started his spearfishing and freediving business in Barbados

07:00 What are Barbados spearfishing conditions and benthos like? What species do you target?

12:00 What kinds of things did you struggle with when you started spearfishing?

16:00 What has been your most memorable catch to date?

22:00 What is one of your favorite spearfishing hunting techniques?

28:00 Veterans Vault – Targeting Lionfish

Spearfishing Barbados Alex Davis Targeting Lionfish

  • General overview of the Lionfish species, behavior, reproduction, range and size
  • Explanation of their spines, venom and what happens if you get stung along with treatment
  • What are the benefits of targeting Lionfish?
  • What are some common mistakes that divers make hunting them?
  • How do you prepare them for eating?
  • What filleting knives do you use?
  • What equipment do you need for Lionfish hunting and filleting?

EMT Shears (Amazon affiliate link here – as mentioned in the show)

Lionfish website with pictures, videos and more information for filleting, de-spining and more here

53:00 What is the funniest moment you have experienced out spearfishing? A Stonefish Experience!

55:00 What is in your spearfishing dive bag?

  • Paralenz Camera here (finally a GoPro alternative!) – check out the VIDEO quality here
  • Hecs Dive Skin
  • Deep Apnea Fins
  • Cressi Nano Mask
  • Cressi Pole Spear

67:00 Spearo Q&A

  1. What is the single best piece of advice you’ve been given for spearfishing?
  2. If you had to start all over again what would you do differently?
  3. Who is the best person to go spearfishing with and why?
  4. What would be your fish of a lifetime?
  5. Could you describe what the spearfishing experience means to you ion one sentence?

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Brendan Fraser, Alex Davis (right) Spearfishing for Lionfish in Barbados

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NSP:081 Eckart Benkenstein Catching Crayfish aka Lobster

NSP:081 Eckart Benkenstein Catching Crayfish aka Lobster

Interview with Eckart Benkenstein

 

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Episode 81 is all things Crayfish aka Lobster. We learn about finding them, approaching them, grabbing them and even killing and cooking them. If you haven’t started catching crayfish yet then this is a great place to start. This interview is also our longest one and its for good reason as Eckart takes us all over the place. We discuss good boating practices, hunting tactics, equipment pro’s and con’s and find out about his early days spearfishing in South Africa. This is a cool chat with a great bloke who lives, dives and works in the Melbourne area alongside previous guest, Sven Franklin. If you are interested in helping Eckart out with his drive to collect wetsuits for his South African waves for change project, please look further below for details.

 

Interview with Eckart Berkenstein pictured with Crayfish. We discuss catching crayfish.

00:00 Shout outs and spearfishing news

04:30 Getting started in Namibia. Early beginnings chasing crayfish and starting to see fish.

11:00 First fish with borrowed gear

16:00 Obstacles. Learning weather and conditions. Poor habits with surface intervals and lessons learned.

24:00 Spearfishing boats – keeping divers safe and being a good boatie

37:50 Memorable fish story – White Mussel Cracker

46:00 Spearfishing hunting techniques

Interview with Eckart Berkenstein pictured with White Mussel Cracker. We discuss catching crayfish.

Catching Crayfish with Eckart

51:45 Veterans Vault – how to find and hunt crayfish or lobster

  • Where can people find out more about their crayfishery?
  • What equipment do you need for catching crayfish?
  • How do you find them? How do you find a good hole?
  • How do you position yourself for grabbing a crayfish?
  • How do you grab them?
  • How big do they get there in Melbourne?
  • How do you cook them?
  • Discussion about storing them, killing them, and parboiling
  • Hole diving and looking after each other

 

85:00 What has been your funniest experience out spearfishing?

88:00 What is in your dive bag from head to toe?

  • Huge discussion on spearfishing equipment

105:00 Spearo Q&A

  1. Can you describe what the spearfishing experience means to you in one sentence?
  2. What is the single best piece of advice you’ve been given for spearfishing?
  3. Who has been the most influential person or people in your spearfishing?
  4. During your 15 years of spearfishing, what is the single biggest lesson?
  5. If you could go spearfishing anywhere and had an unlimited budget, where would you go?

Find Eckhart on Social Media at Salt Session Freediving

 

Waves for change – wetsuit donations wanted for South Africa. Drop them at Adreno stores in Melbourne

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Dry Training For Spearfishing

Dry Training For Spearfishing

 A Guide to Dry Training for Spearfishing

 

How can I increase my breath-hold for spearfishing?

Dry training for spearfishing can help you to increase your breath-hold when you consistently practice. When done correctly, dry training exercises can help you to train your body to get used to increased carbon dioxide (CO2) and even reduce your oxygen (O2) consumption. While it’s not a magic bullet, it is a crucial part of improving or at least maintaining freediving fitness, especially when you cant get into the water for awhile. Getting wet everyday is not a reality for most of us that work, have families and deal with classic weather stitch-ups. So this article is an actionable guide to help you start or improve your dry training regimen.

What is in this dry training guide?

Below I will share 7+ exercises for dry training for spearfishing + tools and resources to help you maintain and even improve your freediving performance. The good news is that being landlocked doesn’t mean you can’t train. Some of these techniques are borrowed from legends who have shared their stories on the Noob Spearo Podcast, others come from friends and personal experience. But first….

 

“Breathing is an easily understood topic. I think I’ll skip a freediving course and just watch YouTube videos….”

– Bill ‘I might die on my next dive because of my lack of knowledge’ Smith

 

I’d like to tell you that breathing for freedive spearfishing is simple and training is just a matter of getting in the water and having a go, but its not. It’s really not. There are some huge simple things you can do right now to avoid some of the biggest dangers in breath-hold spearfishing but I thoroughly recommend doing a freediving course and learning about the whole breath hold and freediving process.

 

Holding your breath aka freediving for spearfishing basics

 

  1. Don’t over breathe
  2. Spend at least twice your breath-hold time on the surface breathing between dives
  3. Always have a dive partner (buddy) in the water (training and spearfishing)

 

Over-breathing flushes CO2 from your body

 

Without CO2 your body’s signals to breathe disappear and without this message your body doesn’t get the information it needs to warn you to breathe. Over breathing also reduces your breath-hold time capability. So you have two HUGE reasons not to over breath.

 

  1. You won’t be able to hold your breath as long and
  2. Your body won’t send you the correct signals to breathe.

 

Watch this simple 15 minute explanation from Adam Stern to learn more about breathing for freediving (watch till the end!). Over-breathing is commonly called hyperventilation.

 

Double your surface interval (minimum)

 

Between dives your body needs to relax and replace the oxygen in your blood. Relaxation should be your primary focus on the surface. One of the most effective ways to do this is using a rate yourself relaxation technique developed by Luke Potts. The technique helps you to understand exactly how relaxed you are before diving. Basically the technique ensures that you don’t dive until you are completely relaxed. Learn more about this technique in the how to spearfish video series here.

Another very effective tool for monitoring your time on the surface is a dive watch. A dive watch will not only tell you the depth of your dive and the length of your dive but it will also tell you exactly how long you’ve spent on the surface which is even more important.

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Not all dive partners are created equal

 

Some of your buddies will shoot more fish than you, others will dive far deeper than you and others you will only see back on the boat.

What type of dive buddy are you?

 

Here are seven reasons to be (and have) a good dive buddy;

 

  1. Your mate could save your life in the event of blackout
  2. You could save your mates life in the event of blackout
  3. You land more fish (more fish in the cooler/esky/chilli bin). Second shots save the day.
  4. You can relax more with the knowledge someone’s got your back
  5. Increased visibility – boats and other ocean users can see you easier
  6. You enjoy success together
  7. You observe your buddies good habits and learn

 

“Your buddy is your only piece of safety equipment” – Simon Trippe

 

If you want to be a better spearfishing buddy then check out this guide.

 

7 Dry Training Exercises To Improve Your Spearfishing 

 

Now that you have some understanding of breathing and the safety basics for freedive spearfishing, I can share some dry training techniques with you. Each technique offers different benefits and some may not suit you or your needs so choose one (or a few) that suit you.

 #All breath hold training involves risk. This guide relies on you to apply common sense. Be conservative. If you can’t do that then don’t read any further.

 

  1. The Turtle Walk

Walking point to point while holding your breath – aka Apnea Walk. Have you ever seen someone staring at a point in the distance, shoulders back and walking with bum cheeks engaged? That person probably needed the toilet and this is exactly how it feels when someone catches you using this technique.

The Turtle Walk has been mentioned a few times on the Noob Spearo Podcast. Rick Trippe practices this breath-hold whenever he has to climb stairs but I’m not recommending it to you for safety reasons. However, the apnea walk technique is effective and safe on flat ground provided you remain conservative. Your body will respond to this exercise and your apnea performance will improve from consistent practice. One of the reasons for this is that a slow and steady walk mimics the energy output of finning. For this reason many spearo’s believe that this training is more effective than static breath hold training (static breath hold involves remaining completely still).

 

Variant 1 (distance)

When walking along streets, use a visual marker like a power pole to keep track of your distance. If you use this technique regularly,you can steadily increase the distance as you improve. Running apps like Runkeeper or MapMyRun on your phone can also help you to track distance down to the meter. Use a steady breathing cadence. The means 10 seconds out, 5 seconds in, this will help you to relax. Begin with a full breath hold at your marker. When you start using this technique be conservative and slowly increase your distance over time.

 

Variant 2 (time)

Use a stopwatch to track time. Use this variation to train your body to walk in an economical way. Instead of measuring distance, your focus is total time. As you start walking, begin your relaxation breathing and then hold. While holding, focus on developing an economical cadence. Walk at a pace that covers distance but feels very relaxed and efficient.

When you train in a swimming pool (with buddies) you should also focus on building this steady, relaxed cadence with your finning. It’s about developing a balance between relaxation and covering distance.

 

Both of these variations can be used in combination with CO2 or O2 training techniques and tables as mentioned below however this not something I will recommend for safety reasons.

 

2. Making Ads useful – the Couch Potato

 

Breathhold training need not interfere with the next Cowboys football game. This technique involves holding your breath whenever a TV ad break appears. What would otherwise be an exercise in channel changing can now be an exercise to train your body to respond to apnea. To begin with you might only hold your breath for 1-2 ads but as you practice you can increase this steadily. It’s pretty safe training from the comfort of your couch and you will be making better use of your time.

The main idea of this technique is to use waiting time to improve your freediving fitness. Please don’t use this technique while driving or similar. It’s a good opportunity to use your time productively while not adding unnecessary risk.

 

3. Watching videos

 

Deep Spearfishing Encyclopedia’s Hold, Dive, Shoot series. In this series by Anvar Mufazalov’ you can breathe-up, hold your breath and go along with Anvar as he descends to spearfish in the Mediterranean. This is great for practicing your breath hold and you can vicariously experience shooting big elusive fish in deep water. I seem to fail at holding my breath successfully till the end of each video but I like the concept.

 

 

4. Full Breath Practice

 

In a freediving course you will spend time being taught how to fill your lungs properly. This involves a 2 or 3 stage inhale process.

  1. First you fill the the bottom of your lungs. Your stomach will expand without your chest moving during this stage.
  2. After the bottom parts of your lungs are filled you fill your main chest area.
  3. The third and final part involves pulling your shoulders back (a little) and filling the top part of your lungs and throat.

 

The exhale process is equally important. This needs to be slow, about half the speed of your inhale. Purse your lips together so that your diaphragm (the muscle that powers your lungs) works a little and make sure you breathe all the way out.

When you are practicing this technique do it nice and slowly to help your body slowly adapt to this technique. It becomes second nature after a while.

 

Just practicing these full breaths everyday is extremely useful. This practice will condition your body so that your lungs become used to being filled to capacity and this technique is extremely relaxing and scientifically proven to reduce stress.

 

5. Co2 Training Tables

 

The urge to breath comes from the buildup of carbon dioxide in your body and not from a lack of oxygen. CO2 training tables are a tool that help the diver to gradually increase their tolerance to higher levels of carbon dioxide and stay relaxed.

CO2 tables work by having a set time for your breath hold (2:00 below) each time. While your hold time stays the same your resting periods of breathing between steadily decrease. Check out this example below from freediveuk.com

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In this example you breathe for 2:00 and then hold for two minutes. After that the second breathing period is only 1:45 but the hold time is still 2:00. This continues until you get all the way to a 15 second rest followed by the full 2:00 hold. Brutal!

 

CO2 Table Variations

Adam Stern has another good video below about training for freediving. He describes a variation of this table that he believes is more effective. Basically its a 4 minute set that continues to repeat. In each 4 minute set you hold and prepare for the next hold. For example; I hold for 2:15, that give me 1:45 to breathe before my next hold (the 4 minute mark). I hold again for 2:20, now I have 1:40 to breath up.

 

Adam tells us in the video that a table is a sequence of breath holds that slowly stress the body and force to either adapt to increased CO2 or decreased O2. We will explore O2 tables in the next method.

 

6. O2 Training Tables

 

Freedivers use O2 tables or oxygen tables to improve oxygen efficiency. This means that your body will learn (and adapt) to use less oxygen when you train using these tables.

You can begin to use O2 tables when you have improved your CO2 tolerance. After using CO2 tables for a while you will start to approach your oxygen limits so this is when oxygen efficiency becomes important.

These tables work similar to O2 tables however they work on a completely different physiological response. Instead of reducing recovery or breathing phases you steadily increase your breath hold times.

 

Dry Training For Spearfishing. O2 tables

This example from freediveuk.com shows a basic O2 Table example

 

O2 tables train your body to operate with lower levels of oxygen and adapt. For more information on both types of tables listen into this interview with Pete Ryder – Freediving for Spearfishing

 

 

7. Vo2 Max training

 

If you search for the definition of VO2 Max this is what you’ll get.

 

“VO2 Max is the maximum or optimum rate at which the heart, lungs, and muscles can effectively use oxygen during exercise. VO2 Max is used as a way of measuring a person’s individual aerobic capacity”

 

The simple explanation

 

“VO2 is basically how efficient your muscles are at using oxygen” – Pete Ryder

 

VO2 max training is often vetted as the most important factor for endurance athletes but freedivers have another view. Many believe that high VO2 max is counterproductive to freediving as it can increase bloodflow and extend the aerobic phase of a dive which then increases O2 consumption and therefore CO2 build-up.  However as spearo’s we engage in an aerobic style of apnea and so having a reasonable VO2 max level is a good thing for most spearo’s. As we require a level of fitness for continual finning and the fact that we do repeated dives throughout a day this type of fitness is important. So having said that, here are a number of ways to increase your VO2 max.

  1. Underwater Hockey provides short, fast bursts of high intensity action that require athletes to hold their breath while strenuously exerting themselves. This is arguably one of the more effective ways for spearo’s to train. Lemaître et al “Physiological responses to repeated apneas in underwater hockey players and controls.” Undersea Hyperb Med. 2007 Nov-Dec;34(6):407-14.
  2. Altitude training
  3. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Cycling, HIIT gym sessions, etc
  4. Hill sprints or track work

 

This VO2 max subject is open to debate among freedivers but you cant argue with better overall fitness and wellbeing. There are also more ways to train for VO2 max however this article has given you some ideas.

 

For further VO2 max reading

  • Ben Greenfield one of the world’s most foremost fitness experts says you must train your heart. “Very intense intervals of 1-5 minutes in duration, with a 1:3 or 1:4 work:rest ratio will stimulate a larger heart stroke volume, as well as a host of other VO2 max enhancing adaptations, like increased mitochondrial density and better capillary delivery to muscle tissue”. (full article here)
  • This article on Vo2 max is short and tells you what it is and how it’s measured
  • DeeperBlue Forum thread with some good discussion here

 

Resources for Dry Training and Freediving for Spearfishing

 

Apps for dry training (that I like)

 

iOS Training Applications

  • Low 2 breath-hold training app here

I like the Low 2 app because its currently free, it has both CO2 and O2 tables and you can easily track your progress over time. To learn more check out the iOS store reviews or take a look on Facebook here 

Android Training Applications

  • Apnoid app (free) here

While I love free stuff sometimes paying for something means that the people who make it have the time and energy to make something user friendly. Many reviewers say that this app is comprehensive but its glitchey. They also report that the design is not great and its not well set out.

iOS and Android Breath Training App

  • STAmina Apnea Trainer iOS and Android (price $4.50-$6.00)

This one has O2 and CO2 tables and comes with a recommendation from well regarded spearfishing trainer Simon Trippe. It looks easy to use and has some interesting ‘Wonka’ Tables.

 

Dry Training Books 

This book caught my attention on a freedivers facebook page. Very good freedivers loved it and a thread with more than 50 comments made me investigate. Dr. Jaap’s methodolgy which includes practical physical training to do on land that will reduce contractions, adapt muscles to hypoxia and even reduce leg burn. Above all that you will learn how your muscles work in conjunction with spearfishing and freediving. Buy it on Amazon here

Dry Training for Spearfishing

If you want a deeper technical knowledge of the physiological mechanisms and rationale for dry training then this book is definitely for you. Buy Dry Training for Spearfishing on Amazon here and also look at Manual of Freediving.

Dry Training for Spearfishing

 

This book will teach you all about the importance of breathing. In this book you will learn about how 90% of people walk around unaware of how badly they breathe and how conscious breathing practices can improve you health and well-being. This book motivates the reader to take action and comes highly recommended. Buy Breatheology on Amazon here.

 

Dry Training Courses

 

10m Freediver 

This course is perfect for giving you enough information to get down to 10m or 30ft. It’s a starting point and gives you all the basic techniques to start your spearfishing journey. Equalizing, finning, the duck-dive and basic breathing are covered. Get started free on the taster course and if you decide to purchase use the code NOOBSPEARO to save 20%

 

 

The 5 Minute Freediver

This course is excellent for getting you in prime freediving shape (breathing anyway). If you have a big spearfishing charter trip coming up this is a great tool for preparing you! This course is a 30 day dry training system that incorporates CO2 tables, O2 table, relaxation techniques while giving you coaching and providing accountability. Most dry training takes serious discipline and so this course makes that part of it a lot easier. You have a specific goal to aim for, training to help you learn and the exercises and drills to help you get there. Turbo loves this one. Get started free on the taster course and if you decide to purchase use the code NOOBSPEARO to save 20%

 

 

How To Increase Your Breath-hold for Spearfishing Video Course

This course covers many of the fundamentals for developing your breath-hold for spearfishing. The video is 54 minutes long and will give you actionable techniques to improve your breath-hold for spearfishing. I like it because it’s a very practical video directed at also improving your hunting technique within the breath-hold limitations you currently have. He also gives a very good relaxation technique that will help you become better at maintaining good surface intervals. This is a huge winner for making longer dives. Read my full review of the How To Spearfishing Video Series here.

Check out this training video course here and save 10% by using the code: NOOBSPEARO

 

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Dry Training For Spearfishing FAQ

 

Q. Can Dry-Training increase my spearfishing performance?

 A. Good question! Short answer, yes it can dramatically increase your apnea performance. It will even make you a better hunter because you will be more relaxed and not completely focused on shooting something within your limited, neglected spearfishing breath hold. While spearfishing all the time will keep you fit, at some stage you will have at least a few weeks between dives. This is the time to use a few of these techniques to help maintain and even improve your breath-hold.

 

Q. Why Should I train for Spearfishing?

A. Two reasons are;

  1. Have longer and more enjoyable dives.
  2. Be safer – understand your body and your limits.

 

Q. Is dry training as effective as pool training or spearfishing?

A. Short answer, no. Training breath hold without being in the water or at depth is definitely second best, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t benefit from dry training. People who do yoga and altitude training use breathing specific training for a host of physiological benefits besides improved breath hold so there are tonnes of reasons to do dry breath hold training..

 

Q. Can we use O2 and CO2 tables together?

A. Pete Ryder from howtofreedive.com does not recommend using CO2 and O2 tables at the same time because they work on different mechanisms. He says focusing on one at a time is more beneficial. “Use the training in blocks, for example do the CO2 tables for two weeks then do the O2 tables for two weeks. I highly recommend not doing the training together even on different days, stick to blocks”

 

If you have tips for dry training or some questions, please comment below:)