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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.

Improve your spearfishing and share in the stoke!

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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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Jul 17, 2019

Interview with Alistair Cooke

Central Coast Veteran Spearo Alistair Cooke lays out some diamonds in this chat. We talk hunting techniques for bluewater, attitudes to equipment (+ saving money on some items), getting lost at sea and the worst octopus ever cooked by a spearo. This ones got plenty of nuggets throughout! Listen in.

Full shownotes and pictures at

A bit more about Alby (from a CCS member);

  • Former Club President of the Central Coast Sealions (CCS)
  • Coffs Harbour Blue Water Classic Winner (2016 or 2017??)
  • Competitive spearo, freedive competitor and instructor
  • Well-traveled spearo who has dived all over the world from the USA, Mexico, NZ, Coral Sea and all over Oz
  • He also makes an incredible effort for the Juniors in the Club and often sacrifices his own ability to get good fish in a comp to chaperone new divers and juniors around to teach them safely how to dive

Quick Interview Times Guide

03:45 Alby Introduction. Spearfishing background and the Central Coast Sealions

09:30 Early Obstacles | Equipment and Prioritizing the Important Stuff

15:00 Finding good ground for spearfishing

19:20 From humble beginnings to winning competitions: The Secret!

  • Flashers
  • Burley (Chum)
  • Body Language

35:00 Most Memorable Fish Taken

43:30 What is one of the toughest situations you have had out on the ocean and what did you learn from it?

54:00 Veterans Vault: How to Take Noobs Diving

72:50 Funniest Moment

77:00 Alistair Cooke Divebag | Deluxe chat on Spearfishing Equipment

87:00 Spearo Q&A

Central Coast Sealions Club (find more spearfishing clubs here)

  • Name of club: Central Coast Sealions Club
  • Location: Breakers Country Club, Dover Road Wamberal (Meetings 4th Thursday of every Month at 7:30pm)
  • Contact details: Facebook
  • Size: 30-40 Active Members
  • Summary of club activity: The Sealions are a very sociable club and participate is a large range of fun and social activities with about 30-40 active members.  Whether you are new to Spearfishing or snorkelling we would be happy to show you how to dive and spearfish safely. We also host one of the oldest spearfishing competitions in Australia, the Annual Canada Cup out of Terrigal every February as well as monthly Club competitions. We offer Social Memberships for those who are more interested in the social aspect of diving.

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