Interview with Pat Swanson
Should I try diving for a job? I love the water and I think could spend all day in it so why not make it my job? This is a thought Ive had and in this chat with veteran spearo and ex-commercial diver Pat Swanson we dig right into whether its a good idea or not. Pat’s a three time New Zealand spearfishing champion and a resident of Taranaki, New Zealand. This is where I grew up so I was pretty stoked to catch up with Pat in his New Plymouth home. In this interview Pat also lays out some practical tips and ideas for scouting a potential area and we dig into some of the key considerations for assessing its dive-worthiness. Listen into our chat here.
Pat Swanson Interview Time Stamps
3:00 Pat Swanson introduction and background + Pat’s insights into a dive with Shrek
8:00 Influential Books mentioned
- Hanz Haas – Dive to Adventure
- Dive New Zealand – Wade
10:00 What were your biggest obstacles starting spearfishing?
12:00 Commercial Diving for Spearos
- What has been your experience and background commercial diving?
- What advice would you give to spearos wanting to try commercial diving?
- What is required of commercial divers?
19:00 Most memorable fish – New Zealand Hapuka
24:00 What is your favorite spearfishing hunting technique and how do you apply it effectively?
30:00 What is one of the toughest situations you’ve had in the ocean? What happened and what did you learn from it?
34:00 Veterans Vault – Reconnaissance 101 for shore dive spearfishing
- How do you assess an area?
- What do you look for?
- What are your biggest tips for finding spearfishing spots?
- Shore Dive Spearfishing Guide – Part 1
- Shore Dive Spearfishing Guide – Part 2
- 3 Online Tools To Find Spearfishing Locations
42:00 What has been your funniest moment spearfishing?
45:00 What spearfishing equipment do you use?
50:00 Spearo Q&A
- What is the single best piece of advice you have received for spearfishing?
- What does the spearfishing experience means to you?
- Who has been the most influential person to you in your spearfishing and why?
- If you started spearfishing all over again, what would you do differently?
- During your 30+ years of spearfishing, what is one of the biggest lessons you have learned?
- What current challenges do you face in your spearfishing and how do you approach them?
- New Zealand Spearfishing Association
- Lake Taupo Catfish Cull Challenge
- Isaac ‘Shrek’ Daly’s article about Pat on stuff.co.nz
- 99 Tips to Improve Your Spearfishing
Noob Spearo Partners + some spearfishing discounts
- Adreno Spearfishing – Buy your spearfishing equipment here. Use the discount code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout.
- Audible.com. Get a free audiobook along with a 30 day trial. Listen to James Nestors ‘Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and what the ocean tells us about ourselves’ free here
- Spearing Magazine. Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world
- Penetrator Fins. Save $20 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range here
Sign up for ‘The Floater’ – Shrek and Turbo’s email newsletter here
- Exclusive spearfishing equipment deals
- The latest blog posts and interviews delivered to your inbox
- 10 Tips To Become A Better Spearo PDF
- Access to our Private Facebook group