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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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Jun 21, 2020

The Path Of The Jedi – The Benthic Boys - Mike Pooler and Joe D’Agostino 

Mike Pooler is the owner/operator of Benthic Ocean Sports in Destin, Florida; and Joe D’Agostino is his chief Freediving Instructor International (FII) Instructor there. Benthic Ocean Sports services all freediving Spearo needs for the Florida Panhandle and South-East US with the highest quality hardware from all over the world. These guys are an FII-accredited institution and are absolute legends! They instruct Levels 1 & 2, a Waterman Survival Course, and a Spearfishing Course, among many others that they do privately for some of the military folks in the FL panhandle.


Mike and Joe are seasoned Spearos and have had some *seriously* impressive Pelagics on the other end of their spearguns! These guys shoot some of the largest and most epic fish available in Gulf of Mexico waters, and his Chief Instructor Joe D'Agostino instructs and travels throughout the freediving and spearfishing community worldwide. We’re sure you’re going to enjoy this conversation!

11:00 Early Obstacles

14:00 What is “Benthic”?

15:00 How did you get involved and put together as a Freediving Shop?

16:00 The Path Of The Jedi

22:00 Favorite species to hunt…tune in for the Panhandle’s most desirable species

27:00 FL Panhandle’s Freedive Spearo Club – Agua Verdes

30:00 Tough situations out in Blue Water

44:00 - Veterans Vault: Dyneema vs Mono | Timber vs Pipe | Equipment Discussion

  • Americans with wood guns and mono…what are you guys doing?
  • The Benthic Boys think Dyneema is the right stuff – why?
  • Line memory – what is it?
  • Critical knots to use and why.
  • “Game Changer” - what’s a quick-disconnect knot and why’s it important?
  • Line management and tangles
  • Reels vs. Floatlines
  • Reel Gun safety – Tension, tension, tension!
  • Don’t be married to your equipment - “You can buy a new gun, you can’t buy a new Mike!”
  • The importance of education and safety within the freedive spearfishing community
  • Best Buddy Practices – “Finality is Reality”
  • Minimum safety requirements – One up-One down, learn your buddy’s “dive profile”
  • Courses offered at Benthic Ocean Sports (FII Levels 1 and 2, Waterman Course, Spearfishing Course
  • The mental and physical benefits to spearfishing

70:00 Funniest moments out on the water

71:00 “The Yankee who shat in his wetsuit”

73:00 Critical items in Mike’s dive bag

76:55 Benthic equipment in the shop

 80:00 Spearo Q&A

  • What separates you from other spearos?
  • What is the spearfishing destination you’d most like to visit?
  • Most influential person in your spearfishing journey?

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  • Equalization Masterclass.  If you are free diver who struggles to equalize your ears in the 15-30 ft range this course is the answer. 14 videos discuss every equalizing problem and coach you through the difficulty. Say goodbye to Valsalva and hello to Frenzel and make equalizing easy.

  • Tuesday Ted Talks Freediving. 19 one-hour live Instagram episodes where I discuss a variety of freediving topics and answer peoples question live on Instagram.

  • Free online courses – How to take a 20-30% bigger breath and how to make the mammalian dive reflex work for you. – Free online safety resource.

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