Spearfishing Workshop - perfect your skills

Spearfishing Course

Brand: Frog Dive Australia

Frog Dive's Spearfishing Workshop  is designed to provide an introduction to basics of spearfishing.

Learn about the art of  breath hold spearfishing with our instructors, Simon Trippe and Andrew Harvey.  Simon and Andrew are experienced spearfishermen, and have undergone rigorous instructor training to provide you with an exciting and informative program.  They are very likeable fellas, and conduct a course that will increase your confidence and competence in the water.

This workshop concentrates on equipping students with the basic elements of breath hold spearfishing to enable them to spearfish effectively and train in a safe and proper way as well as understanding the ethics, and code of conduct required for responsible spearfishing as upheld by all responsible spearfishers.


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.

Workshop participants 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

Course Outline

The subjects covered in the course

  • 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!

What you need to bring on day 1

  • swimwear
  • Mask, snorkel and fins
  • wetsuit (one piece steamer) for breath hold training in the pool

What you need to bring on day 2

  • swimwear
  • mask, snorkel and fins
  • water and a snack for a light lunch (food available for purchase if required)
  • Speargun with rig cord, float with flag, booties, gloves (optional) 
  • gun, line and float can be hired at $50
  • Crocs or similar footwear (so you can attach to your float) there is a 10 minute walk to one of the dive locations (optional for those with hard feet)

SpearfishCourse Structure

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



    COST - $550 per person