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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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Mar 12, 2019

Interview with Tim Kavermann

Have you ever been stuck, frozen for a few seconds (which felt like hours), paralyzed and unable to take action? This is one example of heightened anxiety that I can relate to and maybe it's you too. The good news is that Tim Kavermann joins me in this episode to share techniques and strategies to deal with anxiety. This interview is candid, eye-opening and my personal fav, highly actionable. Listen and subscribe!

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Time Stamps

5:45 Tim introduction and background. Early dive experiences

11:50 Early lessons and takeaways

18:00 Early equipment | buying a beginner kit and upgrading

23:30 Mentors, Dive buddies and Facebook group chats

29:45 Early Obstacles | seasickness and boat diving

33:00 Best experience spearfishing

42:30 Favourite species to hunt spearfishing and how to hunt them effectively | Snapper

47:00 Veterans Vault | How Spearfishing Can Help You Overcome Anxiety

Spearfishing can be a huge trigger for fear and anxiety.

However, Tim believes that the situations he has encountered while spearfishing have been the key to learning and understanding anxiety triggers and then developing and employing strategies and techniques to overcome it. His idea is not to avoid discomfort but to embrace it and try to use the situations as opportunities to heal, grow and overcome anxiety. Here are a few of the key ideas and points;


  • Accept anxiety, learn from it and if needed get help to take its power away
  • Don't fight it, sit with it and learn to move forward anyway
  • Learn breathing techniques to relax on the surface and reduce fear and anxiety
  • Being in stressful situations can help you overcome long standing beliefs
  • Relaxing in situations that most people (even those who don't have anxiety) would panic in
  • Turn fear into curiosity - sharks/current/rough seas. Ground yourself in the moment by paying attention to the details.
  • Fight or flight - there is no flight out at sea.
  • Prepare to not be prepared
  • Relax and enjoy - surface intervals-  find what works for you.
  • Speak up about that things that deeply affect you - but it falls on you to make change
  • Get help when you need it from a professional

70:50 Dive Watch Conversation

74:25 Spearo Q&A

Could you describe what the spearfishing experience means to you in one sentence?

  • It has given me deep confidence within myself and shown me what I am truly capable of mentally and physically.

What is the single best piece of advice you have ever been given for spearfishing?

  • Slow down and take your time, dive within your limits

Who has been the most influential person or people in your spearfishing?

  • My friends, these are guys who’ve been diving a very long time, and took the time to share their passion with me.

If you could go back in time to when you were just starting spearfishing and give yourself some advice, what would you say?

  • Stop overthinking it  - stop trying to control everything and every situation, roll with it.

During your 1 years spearfishing what is the biggest lesson you've learned?

  • To be comfortable in situations that are well outside my comfort zone

What current challenges do you face in your spearfishing and how are you approaching them?

  • The biggest one is still the anxious tendancy to overthink, overplan, get panicked. Rather than let it take hold of the day I now learned tools to deal with it.
    - Breathing techniques
  • Mindfulness
  • Take a break and reset
  • Move spots
  • Meds for seasickness
  • Don’t spend a week planning

Who is the best person to go spearfishing with and why?

  • My good mates! I feel calmer with them, I know they have my back, the take the time to teach me new things, then know the good places to get in the water ;) most of all we all share the same passion and a common goal - could possible touch here on the business we are setting up.

What would be your fish of a lifetime?

6 monts ago I jsut wanted a huge snapper of kingi, I had set my comfort zone at what I was doing here in NZ - After cuvier and being in the big open sea in a more exposed environtment I really want to go further a field - ultimate fish for me would be a big doggy, they just look like they would put up one hell of a fight (i say this now but in the moment I would be peaking out!) haha id also really like a mahi mahi I think they look awesome and I ate one in raro once, it was amazing.

What is the spearfishing destination that you would most like to go to?

Next I would like to go to Raro I think this would be a good step into some difference species and diving. Id also really like to go to Bali to do the deep week free diving course. Id also like to go to the Three Kings.

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