Freediving / Spearfishing

The Solomon Islands trip was a great success, ran in conjunction with the professional services of Joe Knight from One Ocean International, the guys all reached p.b depths and had an incredible time in the village. I am looking at taking a trip to Tonga again this coming year to explore some new ground. with a friend who owns a charter boat over there. As this is a highly exploratory expedition, we will be running the trip at cost price. Please send me an email if you would like to participate; lucashandley1985@gmail.com
— Lucas Handley

The ocean provides a diverse and dynamic environment to hunt and unexpected species can turn up nearly anywhere. This however, is more the exception than the rule, with most species being constrained to geographic ranges as well as depth and habitat; knowing where, when and how to hunt specific species will of course increase your chance of taking your target species. 

Hunting underwater, is by no means difficult and many a trophy fish have been taken by first time spearfishers. The activity requires relaxation, focus and then moments of heightened cardio activity. In the eastern states of Australia, as well as most other countries, the practice is only allowed by means of breath hold, which generally can be increased by some basic training. Basic tips and techniques will be given prior to and during each excursion, in addition, extensive breath hold dive (free diving) training can be arranged prior to an outing. Freedive technique and training, safety, recovery and first aid is organised through One Ocean International’s freedive instructor Joe Knight. Being confident in the water, practiced in your technique and effective in your diving will in my opinion contribute to successful hunting and maximise your chances of taking home that trophy fish. Targeting a specific species can be a challenging experience, where the target of the trip may not always be to capture the biggest fish or the most fish available. It allows us to hone the skills we have learned and our knowledge of our underwater world. On request, trips to exotic locations can be organised to target specific species. 

The trips that I guide afield can be tailored to fit your requirements, and include the option of incorporating a culturally intimate experience. The programme would generally begin with a four day intensive freediving course (beginner or advanced) with One Ocean International, and then a period of travel to a remote location with village stay potential. Land based stays in pacific island nations such as the Solomon Islands, provide a rich cultural experience and an interpretation on freediving that is seldom experienced in other countries. Fish are shared amongst the villagers, lifestyles are shared and friendships are created, in my experience this is the most rewarding form of freediving. Challenging your limits and technique within the settings of a culture that relies so heavily on the ocean. 

For Inquiries into guided trips, send me an email.

 

MY BOUNDARIES

  • I will not myself harm an endangered specie

  • I will promote the ethos “with choice comes responsibility”

  • I will where possible, promote the sustainable use of our environment, and while it is important to show the different perspectives of the people using our oceans, I believe I have a responsibility to promote education and researched information so that the best outcome can be achieved both anthropogenic and ecologically.

  • Many of the activities I engage in are dangerous and should not be attempted without suitable training and safety

  • All free diving activities will occur with a safety diver at the surface. All diving activities will be done under approved safety tables

  • If an activity becomes too dangerous due to environmental conditions or inadequate equipment or training, the activity will be delayed at my call. This refers to oceanic conditions (currents, winds, visibility etc.), hostility of marine animals (aggressive sharks will result in a change of location rather than engagement and deterrence) or inexperience of any participants.