NSP:128 The Path Of The Jedi – The Benthic Boys - Mike Pooler and Joe D’Agostino

By Noob Spearo Spearfishing Community

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? Noob Spearo Partners + Promotions Ted Harty’s Roadmap to Frenzel – Get full access to the Roadmap to Frenzel equalizing class (If you can’t frenzel in 30 days, get a full refund!) 15% Discount Code go to NoobSpearo.com/Ted Adreno Spearfishing – Buy your spearfishing equipment here. Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout – Flat shipping rate, especially in AUS! Spearing Magazine Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. International subscription available! Penetrator Fins Use the code NOOBSPEARO to save $20 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range here. Audible.com Get a free audiobook along with a 30-day trial here. Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing How to Spearfish Video Series with Aquatic Rehab TV: use the code NOOBSPEARO to save!  Spearo Log available on Amazon here Immersion Online freediving classes @ www.onlineclasses.ImmersionFreediving.com 28-day Freediving Transformation. Want to increase your bottom time? Want to lower your comfortable operating depth?  Want to increase your breath hold? In 4 weeks, you can transform your physiology to improve your performance as a free diver.  Learn the proven strategies competitive free divers use to strengthen their performance. 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. www.FreedivingSafety.com – Free online safety resource. View all of Ted’s online freediving classes @ www.onlineclasses.ImmersionFreediving.com Connect with Benthic Ocean Sports Benthic Ocean Sports Official Website Benthic Ocean Sports on Instagram Benthic Ocean Sports on Facebook Agua Verdes Spearfishing Club  FII’s Official Instructor Profile for Joe D’Agostino

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