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The Freediving/spearfishing thread.

D1cko

Extra Large Member
This forum has nearly every other interest so I thought if see if anyone else out there shares this same passion. I've done the Stage A free divers course where we were trained to increase breath holds, and get to the bottom in 20m. I look forward to taking the stage B course one day.

I free dive once or twice every RnR and is the main cause of some lack of training while I'm at home!! It's always satisfying shooting a good fish, or coming come with a few crays in the esky.

I went yesterday without any luck, about 30km offshore chasing Macks, Tuna etc...
My deckie shot a nice 18kg mack and we encountered some friendly turtles and a couple nosey Tiger Sharks....

Share any experiences here!! :)
 

WoodyAllen

Well-known member
Yeah, I do a bit but not often. Just free diving is a buzz. I also spear fish if I am camping. Just enough for a meal at night, pick your species then pick your specimen and nail it in the brain. A non wasteful humane method of eating. Plus you get that great full body tiredness that gives you a solid night's sleep.

Have free dived with whale sharks, dugong, various whale and dolphin species, makos, blue sharks, and more. Great cardio training and, like weight training, good mental discipline.
 

JazDSpaz

Tough Mudder in training
This is something I've really been wanting to get into. Been a couple times with a mate mucking around just out of a few heads up the coast, this was also with a hand spear though, not a gun. I like it better, well for now anyway.

I need to buy a decent wetsuit though.

Last and not least how the hell do I increase my breath hold haha.

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Neddysmith

Standard kunce
last time i was out was about 10yrs ago and came back with some crays down around Warnambool, and before that was spearing around Eden for blue grenadier and sweet lip i think...
 

canned tuna

Member
I'm not allowed to due to a lung collapse a few years back, but sure looks like a lot of fun.
A lot of big kingies get speared on northern beaches Sydney here.. seems like the only way to land em!

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JazDSpaz

Tough Mudder in training
I'm not allowed to due to a lung collapse a few years back, but sure looks like a lot of fun.
A lot of big kingies get speared on northern beaches Sydney here.. seems like the only way to land em!

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Have you been told that? My lung has previously collapsed too and im fine with it (and scuba diving).

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canned tuna

Member
Have you been told that? My lung has previously collapsed too and im fine with it (and scuba diving).

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Yeah by a specialist, same with skydiving. How did yours go pop? Mine was from a pnuemothorax

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JazDSpaz

Tough Mudder in training
Yeah by a specialist, same with skydiving. How did yours go pop? Mine was from a pnuemothorax

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Was 7 years old had my tonsils out, while recovering I got pneumonia and it collapsed not too long after. Ive always wanted to scuba dive so I went and got a medical (which now you need before you even start the coarse) and the doc gave me the ok. Man I still hope I can go skydiving haha

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canned tuna

Member
Sounds rough, but that's good you can do it. Maybe I could revisit a doc when I'm up for it..

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D1cko

Extra Large Member
This is something I've really been wanting to get into. Been a couple times with a mate mucking around just out of a few heads up the coast, this was also with a hand spear though, not a gun. I like it better, well for now anyway.

I need to buy a decent wetsuit though.

Last and not least how the hell do I increase my breath hold haha.

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Do the stage A Apnea Freediving course.
Train your breath hold like lifting...take a one breath max in a pool, and there's a set of tables you can use to train with.
 

D1cko

Extra Large Member
Yeah, I do a bit but not often. Just free diving is a buzz. I also spear fish if I am camping. Just enough for a meal at night, pick your species then pick your specimen and nail it in the brain. A non wasteful humane method of eating. Plus you get that great full body tiredness that gives you a solid night's sleep.

Have free dived with whale sharks, dugong, various whale and dolphin species, makos, blue sharks, and more. Great cardio training and, like weight training, good mental discipline.

Totally agree, there is never a bad days Freediving. Seeing the wildlife in the natural habitat, completely unperturbed by your presence is awesome!!
 

D1cko

Extra Large Member
Had the annual beagles comp today. Got these 2 baby's, best fish on plate :)
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WoodyAllen

Well-known member
I'm not allowed to due to a lung collapse a few years back, but sure looks like a lot of fun.
A lot of big kingies get speared on northern beaches Sydney here.. seems like the only way to land em!

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That's horse shit. If you have real bad asthma or a serious heart condition, yes. But a collapsed lung does not cause permanent damage. You are not breathing compressed air.

Like powerlifting or olympic lifting, a lot of it is mental. If you can calm your mind you can do wonders. Most of the early issues with free diving is convincing your subconcious that you will not drown. Its a survival thing. If you just go lie on your bed and practice breath holding you will find that initially you have a "must take a breath" anxiety. But with practice you can control that.

If you look at the extreme sport of freediving to depth, they meditate before diving to huge depths. Its all mind control followed by physical training/practice.
 

D1cko

Extra Large Member
Exactly, I do believe in both you're statements about powerlifting and Freediving being mental....if you're not switched on, you'll fail.
 

canned tuna

Member
That's horse shit. If you have real bad asthma or a serious heart condition, yes. But a collapsed lung does not cause permanent damage. You are not breathing compressed air.

Like powerlifting or olympic lifting, a lot of it is mental. If you can calm your mind you can do wonders. Most of the early issues with free diving is convincing your subconcious that you will not drown. Its a survival thing. If you just go lie on your bed and practice breath holding you will find that initially you have a "must take a breath" anxiety. But with practice you can control that.

If you look at the extreme sport of freediving to depth, they meditate before diving to huge depths. Its all mind control followed by physical training/practice.

I'm going off medical advice about a medical condition.
Can you qualify your opinion on the medical side or are you talking out of your arse?

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