Spearfishing Workshop

Two Day Weekend Spearfishing Workshop

The “Spearfishing Workshop

Our experienced and knowledgeable spearfishing experts, Simon Trippe and Andrew Harvey share a wealth of knowledge and practical experience. This workshop concentrates on equipping students with the basic elements of breath hold spearfishing

Learn about the basic elements of  breath hold spearfishing,  the development of the sport,  types of spearfishing – Rock hopping and white water spearfishing; boat diving, sand line/weed edge hunting, boulder and cave diving, open (blue) water fishing and competition spearfishing.

To enrol in the workshop applicants must be…

  • 18 years and over (or 13+ with a written letter of approval from parents)
  • able to swim and sustain themselves in the water (with and without fins)
  • healthy

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Spearfishing Workshop – Course Outline

  • Breathing techniques – Breathing, Hyper, and proper ventilations
  • Breathing as a preparation for a dive or static breathhold
  • 10 basic safety rules of freediving
  • Effects of the water environment on the diver – depth, pressure, altered sense perception
  • Physiology of freediving – Air spaces, Breathing, cardio vascular/respiratory system
  • Equalizing techniques – Valsalva (mentioning of Frenzel)
  • Technique – duck dive, leg work, formations and hands use
  • Improving breathhold
  • Basics of freediving emergencies (emphasis on SWB and samba) and the proper response
  • Equipment for spear fishing
  • How to use equipment for spearfishing
  • Fish identification
  • Hunting techniques for different fish species
  • Protected species identification
  • Sharks – the myths unravelled
  • Outline of the history of spearfishing in Australia
  • Diving efficiently with a spear-gun
  • Catch Dinner!


Spearfishing Workshop – Program 

  • 2 – 4 theory sessions (2 – 4hours a day)
  • 2 open water dives
  • 1 static breathhold session (wet)
  • Max students per instructor: Theory (8), Practical (4)

Day 1


  • Introduction
  • Safety
  • Physiology
  • Breathing


  • Pool Session
  • Static Breathhold


  • Spearfishing Equipment
  • Fish and Threatened species ID
  • History of the sport in Australia
  • Hunting Skills


  • Pool Session
  • Vertical Equalisation

Day 2 Guideline


  • Meet at the Dive Venue
  • Review Day 1
  • Discuss Dive Plan for first Practical Session


  • Dive the line – working on equalisation, duck dive, streamlining, improving depth, finning technique
  • Safety – emergency responses


  • Discuss Dive Plan for second Practical Session


  • Diving with a speargun
  • Hunting techniques on selected fish
  • Catch Dinner


  • Discuss the events over the two days
  • Draw up a breath hold training programme for the individual


At the end of the course the student will become familiar with the following skills:

Theory and knowledge of spearfishing; safety rules and procedures of rescuing; dive and training plans; diving and equalising techniques, solving expected/unexpected problems, avoiding risk of injuries.

What you will need

  • Mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuit
  • gun, line and float can be hired at $50

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2017 Course


February 25/26

April 22/23



COST – $450 per person