Spearfishing courses
Spearfishing courses

Spearfishing Courses

Courses in Cornwall and Dorset: overview

Our spearfishing courses consist of: 1 day or 2 days, 1-to-1 sessions and experience days. All equipment is provided within the course and we run them in Cornwall and Dorset. Depending on the course booked the specific location will vary, see each course for details.

The 1 and 2 day courses are designed for beginners and you receive a E-learning book before the course so you can read and digest all the information in your own time. Once you arrive for the course after a quick recap of the book we get into the water and get started.

The 1-day is aimed at getting the students to a stage where they can dive and hunt safely and effectively. The 2-day course is aimed at building your hunting technique further and diving a bit deeper. The 2-day allows more time with the instructor per student to develop your skills.

We offer 1-to-1 courses which we can tailor to your exact needs no matter your skill level. Perfect for the amateur spearo that wants to progress to the next level.

If you're looking to have a go at spearfishing and don’t want to do a full course, we also run experience days that act as taster sessions.

After the course you also receive a 10% voucher to use in store or online.

Spearfishing courses

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    Hunt sea bass, swim with basking sharks and catch your first lobster! Everything is possible along the beautiful coastline of the UK.

    Swim in the UK’s clearest waters and explore this underwater adventure playground first hand, safe with the knowledge you are being looked after and being professional trained to be an effective underwater hunter.  In our spearfishing courses we coach everything you need to know from the correct freediving techniques to understanding fish behaviour to allow you to hunt each different species proficiently.

    Spearfishing sustainability and responsible food sourcing:

    Something that will always stand out when you meet a new spear-fishermen is the pride we all have in our ability to source our own food responsibly in a sustainable way.  With rod and line, nets and long liners, there will always be bycatch.  This is a fish or other marine species that is caught unintentionally while catching certain target species and target sizes of fish, crabs etc. Bycatch is either of a different species, the wrong sex, or is undersized or juvenile individuals of the target species. The problem with by catch is that 99% of the time they are returned to the ocean dead.  An unknown fact in the UK is that for every wild court fish you see in the shops, 2 other fish have died as a result of bycatch.

    Spearfishing is the most selective and thus sustainable form of fishing in existence and we produce next to zero percent bycatch.  The reason is clear.  As a spearfishman you will target only the fish you want to eat.  Our spearfishing courses will train you to identify and target only the correct species, at the correct size.  You to will be able to hold your head high knowing you are doing your bit for sustainable and responsible food sourcing.

    As soon as you take up this sport and see first hand the beauty of what we have around us, you will have an overwhelming feeling of responsibility and accountability for the oceans and marine life around your local area and beyond.

    What’s covered in the spearfishing course?

    Safety:

    first and foremost its safety, not only for our day together but passing on the knowledge so you can progress safely yourself.

    Freediving:

    At the heart of every great spearo is a great freediver and this is where your journey begins.  We will cover:

    • Safe weighting for various depths of hunting.
    • Breathing techniques – learn how to relax, control your heart rate to extend your breathe hold.
    • Equalisation methods to dive deeper without ear pain.
    • Duck dive technique to start your descent while conserving as much energy as possible.
    • Correct finning form – be as efficient as you can to maximise your descent while conserving oxygen.
    • Breathing exercises (apnea tables) you can train at home to improve your bottom time.
    • Blackout risks and understanding your body’s response to diving at depth.
    • Rescue techniques to recover and revive a blacked out diver.
    • Dealing with cramp while at sea.

    Understanding and practising the above will without a doubt make you a better spear-fisherman and increase your bottom time dramatically, while making you feel more comfortable at the various hunting depths.

    Spearfishing:

    Once you have got comfortable with the freediving aspects of the course we progress on to the fun part of finding something for dinner.  You will find that spearfishing is incredibly instinctive, each one of us has these instincts ingrained into our DNA through millenniums of evolutionary hunting and survival.  We will combine this with experience and knowledge to make you an effective underwater hunter.

    We will cover:

    • All aspects of our spearfishing gear and how to use it to its full potential.
    • How to use different guns for different situations.
    • Speargun accuracy and shot placements.
    • How to find our prime targets, their legal minimum sizes and bag limits.
    • Different species behaviour and how we use that knowledge to hunt them.
    • How to use the different types of kelp and underwater terrain to locate different species.
    • Multiple approaches to hunting, body position, profile awareness and stealth techniques.
    • Safely hunt holes and caves.
    • How to perform a stealth duck dive (advanced)
    • Hunt in currents and the extra danger that presents (advanced).
    • Safe float line management to avoid the dangers of line wrap (advanced)
    • How to locate lobsters and edible crabs plus their safe removal.
    • Fish dispatching, preparation and cleaning.
    • How to effectively use a dive knife, what each side of the blade is for and how to use the spear removal tool
    • Ocean awareness and dangers.
    • Sustainability and the environment.

    What type of people take this spearfishing course?

    Our spearfishing courses seem to be a very popular present idea for the weekend warrior hungry for the next big adventure! But we get loads of surfers searching for some flat day fun, hungry anglers who are fed up of coming home empty handed, as well as people who are just excited by the sport but want someone to show them the ropes before taking up this potentially dangerous adventure.

    The sport is accessible to all people, from all walks of life with various fitness levels.  Like all sports, the fitter you are the easier you may find it.  However don’t let a lack of fitness put you off by any means.  A key element to spearfishing is using as little effort as possible to conserve energy.  This in turn makes it easier to hold your breath while hunting beneath the waves.

    What are the spearfishing courses like?

    The days are designed so everyone can learn at their own pace in a safe controlled environment with the support they need.  Centred around having fun while learning this amazing sport in safe yet professional manner.

    With private groups we can tailor your time to be as training heavy as you like. We can cram in as much as possible or we can just focus on getting you in the water asap and catching great tasting fish – the choice is yours.

    Learn to free dive with the safest free dive techniques, and learn to understand your body, its need for oxygen and when you can and can’t push that little bit further. Get comfortable with being negatively buoyant and hunting on the bottom of the ocean floor gliding through the gullies. Learn to gut, fillet and prepare your catch for the BBQ and enjoy the taste of success with the freshest seafood you will ever have.

    While the aim of the course is to prepare students to continue the sport in a safe and confident manner, we achieve the majority of this through the physical application in the water over lengthy classroom based lessons.  After the initial briefing we find that physical coaching works best in terms skill progression and an all round fun day.

    The company is fully insured to lead these courses so rest assure you are being led by a professional organisation that takes your safety very seriously.

    If you want to take up the sport afterwards then we always look after our students with kit deals and discounts!

    When is the best time of year?

    Most spearos try to hunt all year round looking for breaks in the conditions during the winter months.  However the warmer weather certainly makes for a more enjoyable first time experience! Our most popular periods are late April to late September with the traditional holiday weeks usually booking up well in advance.  We can provide courses all year round no problem, just get in touch to discuss options.

    As a rule of thumb, January to April are quieter months fish wise, with many species heading for deeper water.  Its a harder period to be a proficient spearo in but this is where the experience kicks in and we use all our wit and knowledge to find something delicious for the table.

    So this is the ‘challenge’ for a UK Spearo, against the sometimes abysmal elements thrown at us. We will teach you how to make the most of our somewhat diverse conditions as a true spearo can still make the most of limited fish and poor vis.  Our spearfishing courses will train and equip you for this, and when you’re bringing home the meals all year round you’ll know you’re a true spear-fisherman.

    The warmer months From May to October see the largest numbers of fish coming to our shore lines and you can expect to see heaps of life and action.  From bass, pollock, cod to blue fin tuna!

    Is equipment provided?

    Yes all the gear is provided at no extra charge.  Being the UK distributor for most of the leading the brands means we can kit you out with spearfishing’s premium equipment at no extra charge.  This includes spearguns, knifes, two piece hooded apnea wetsuits, freedive fins and masks etc