Spearfishing Course 1 Day



If you are wanting to get into the sport, this one-day course is designed to get you up to speed with all the basics of spearfishing so you are ready to head out and dive and hunt safely.

The course will focus primarily on the safety aspects of spearfishing, freediving and handling a speargun. The 1-day also teaches speargun proficiency, shallow diving and hunting techniques


This 1-day course is designed to give you all the basics you need to hunt effectively and safely.

If you are simply looking to get an intro into spearfishing and have a go at trying to find some fish then please see our experience days, this course is about setting you up to be a proficient hunter and able to put food on the table safely. It is NOT about being handed a speargun and shooting anything that moves.

Before the course you will be sent a booklet to study in order to bring every diver up to speed to the same level. This will include most of the core safety aspects of freediving, equalization, species ID and safe practice of using a speargun.

This means when everyone arrives to the course you will have a short recap and be ready to enter the water.

The courses consist of 1 instructor and 3 students as this keeps the course safer and more concise for the students. We have found more than 3 students isn’t the best value for money for the students as it does not give enough time to help each student and answer questions that arise during the day

Course template and structure

  • Completion of course book before attending the day
  • Equipment introduction/familiarization
  • Freediving technique
  • Equalization
  • Weighting/Buoyancy
  • Speargun handling and target practice
  • Shallow hunting
  • Depth 0-5m (more proficient divers to 10m if the instructor allows)
  • Species identification and fish sizing

When you arrive to the course the instructor will do a quick recap/test on the booklet to make sure everyone is up to speed and has time to ask any questions. We’re more concerned about your knowledge on the safety side of the course here and this is what the test will be mostly be about.

The instructor will then do a recap on the core safety and species ID so it’s fresh in your mind for entering the water.

Once you’re in the water we will test your weighting and buoyancy to make sure everyone is comfortable; then we progress onto duck diving down to 5m so the students get an idea of how your buoyancy changes and how to perform a dive.

Now the fun part – we set up a fish target underwater and you have to perform the dive and shoot the target. Once everyone has had a turn of this you will then shoot the target from the surface to experience how it changes when dealing with swell and the movement of the water.

We will then move onto surface hunting and stalking as there is plenty of fish to be found right at the surface and in the first 5m such as Bass, Mullet, Garfish and Mackerel. This is the most common and easiest hunting style for most spearos but to stalk fish effectively without spooking them isn’t as easy as it sounds – you will have to stay calm, move slowly and take the shot before the fish senses you.

We have a policy on our courses of maintaining the sustainable nature of spearfishing and will only allow students to shoot fish of legal size that they intend to eat – this will be reiterated on the day.

What you need to bring/what is supplied:

All the equipment is provided for the course – however if you have any gear already that you would like to use, such as a mask, snorkel or fins then please bring it with you.

Please bring food, a towel and money for parking. There are facilities nearby such as a Café and toilets.


You will need to sign a health declaration form and safety waiver which we will send out before the course in case there are any medical issues that require a doctor’s sign off before the course.

Catching fish on the day is not guaranteed so please do not turn up expecting to come away with fish or crustaceans – the primary function of this course is to enable you to hunt and dive safely and progress your skills to a level you are comfortable with so you can go away and hunt effectively.