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Welcome to the Noob Spearo Podcast!

The Freedive Spearfishing podcast

Join Shrek as he interviews spearfishing experts, authorities and characters from around the world.

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Noob Spearo Podcast listeners are saying;

"This podcast has improved my diving dramatically. I binged listened to all the old episodes over a few weeks and I'm completely caught up now. I take notes on my phone to further research anything the guests or the hosts (Turbo and Shrek) talk about or suggest to do. Over the last 4 months I've gone from a 5 meter pot shot diver to a 12 meter+ diver with over 1:30 dive times and good fish to show for it. All thanks to the information these guys have put out in this podcast. Keep up the great work!" - Kurty

"This is the first podcast I've ever listened to, and I am averaging about 4 episodes a day since that first listen. These guys are awesome and so are there guests! Best motivation to do training! Only problem is I'll run out of episodes soon and have to wait a whole week for a new one..." Pete

"The amount of tip, ideas and laughs I've had from Shrek and Turbo and it has all improved my spearfishing 10 fold. Essential for any spearo, and highly recommend it, you won't regret it! Always hanging for the next episode! Keep it up boys! And while your at it get their book 99 tips to get better at spearfishing! Yew!!!" - Yupz

"Have been listening to Turbo and Shrek for a while now and those weirdos make me come back every time for more.... even though I'm located in Southern California. I guess I'm stoked to hear how people catch their fish all over the world!! Keep it coming boys." - Sebastian

"Guys, honestly, This podcast has been amazing fuel since my surf buddy and I started spearing just over three months ago on the southern california coast. We're pretty much just shore divers right now, but we've been hitting calico bass, yellowtail tuna, and sheepshead by just jumping off the beaches. We're starting to meet some people with boats so we're stoked. My pre-dive tradition is getting amped off a noob spearo podcast before I hop into the water after work. Keep them coming because I just finished listening to the 17th episode and I felt a little post partum depression coming on. I've learned loads from your show and need to keep soaking up the wisdom. Thanks!" - DippnDotts

"I recently got into spearfishing and couldn't believe my luck when I found this podcast after a random search. Not only are Shrek and Turbo incredibly funny and easy to listen too - but the way they have formatted the show is really engaging, informative and interesting. Hearing from Pros and veterans is invaluable to a newb like me and the information from these podcasts alone has made a world of difference to my diving and hunting. So if you're like me and your absolutely loving the sport and simply can't get enough info on and about spearfishing this is the podcast for you! Well done guys, you're keeping me well and truly stoked! sterling job!!" - Stu in Southern California

"Been an avid podcast listener for nearly a decade and this is my first review. This podcast is laid back, informative and absolutely essential for the new spearo. Great list of domestic and international guests. The most dangerous time for a spearo is in those first few months and It's good to know there is a easily accessible resource that I can point my mates to when they are starting out. Cheers shrek and turbo!" - CoxyADF



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Nov 2, 2017

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 Book 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?
  1. How to Shore Dive Guide - Part 1
  2. How to Shore Dive Guide - Part 2
  3. 3 Online Tools To Find Spearfishing Locations

42:00 Whats been your funniest moments 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

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