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©2017 Maui Spearfishing Academy

ABOUT

The creation of Maui Spearfishing Academy (MSA) stems from a rich passion for both the sport of fishing, as well as a love for the reef and its inhabitants throughout the Hawaiian Islands. 
 

For over 40 years, the Twitchell family has been active in recreational diving and fishing on West Maui. Bobby Twitchell, the founder of MSA and Maui native, learned to recognize the nearby coastline as a renewable source of food and fun.

Having earned a degree in Education from Arizona State University, Bobby knew he could combine his love for the Hawaiian waters and extensive knowledge in the sport of spear fishing to teach people how to spearfish. Through the combined efforts of the Twitchell family, and friends, MSA was born.

All of the guides at MSA have been trained in the same freediving techniques as the top American freedivers, and have years of experience fishing our coastline. We offer the most up to date safety and diving knowledge available. All our guests will know how to not only dive safe during our lesson, but for future free dives as well.

Our guests will learn about our delicate reef inhabitants and how they can help further a culture of sustainable activities on our islands. We do this in part by almost ENTIRELY targeting invasive species known to be harmful to our reef systems.
 

Our guests will leave with a deep understanding of our exciting sport of freediving/spearfishing, and know they got to be a part of so much more than they expected when they first signed up!
 

 

We typically begin our adventure at 7:00 a.m. at All About Fish, just north of Ka'anapali on West Maui, where you will be provided quality spearfishing gear. Equipment Includes; Gun, Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Wet Suit, Weight Belt, Gloves.

•Eat breakfast before hand and drink plenty of water. You can pack a lunch, though you should probably save the sandwich meat for another day and make use of the local knowledge of the best places to eat in town.

•Shave that stubble! We would never ask you to lose that mustache though; we have a trick to help with leaky masks due to facial hair.

Find your dive site

Hop into the MSA truck and learn how to read weather patterns as we find the best possible location for the lesson.

Learn how to spearfish

One lesson with us and you will have all the knowledge needed to continue safely and successfully in the sport of spearfishing! You will be instructed on the topics of; Fish identification, fish preservation, gun safety, breath holding techniques and hunting techniques.

Go Spearfishing!

Spend about 2 hours in the water, just long enough to avoid getting cold, as you hunt fish, experience beautiful snorkeling and simply have fun.

On Our Way Home…

We will finish around 1:00 p.m. The time is dependent on the dive location. Simply leave all the equipment with the instructor and get some lunch! We are not shy when it comes to sharing our favorite places to eat or have fun so make sure to gather up all that local knowledge as you plan that next step on your vacation!

SPEARFISHING 101

FREEDIVING 101

 

We typically begin our adventure at 7:00 a.m. at All About Fish, just north of Ka'anapali on West Maui, where you will be provided all of the free diving gear you will need for the day. (Equipment Includes; Gun, Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Wet Suit, Weight Belt, Gloves.) Thinking about getting into the sport? We will make sure to inform you on all the best and most ideal gear for your needs as you pursue the sport.

•Eat breakfast before hand and drink plenty of water. You can pack a lunch, though you should probably save the sandwich meat for another day and make use of the local knowledge of the best places to eat in town.

•Shave that stubble! We would never ask you to lose that mustache though; we have a trick to help with leaky masks due to facial hair.

Find your dive site

Hop into the MSA truck and learn how to read weather patterns to as we choose from our most desirable Free-diving Training location.

Learn Proper Breathing and Safety Techniques

Our "classroom" portion of the day, the only difference is it's outside, and extremely interactive! Learn the secrets of holding your breath a LONG time. More importantly, learn how to keep each other safe while you free dive so you can really push yourself to the next level!

Go free diving!

Spend about 1.5 hours in the water (just long enough to avoid getting cold) as you dive deeper than ever before, stay down longer than ever before, experience beautiful snorkeling, and simply have fun!

On Our Way Home…

We will finish around 11:00 (time is dependent on dive location)

Just leave all the equipment with the instructor and get some lunch! We are not shy when it comes to sharing our favorite places to eat or have fun so make sure to gather up all that local knowledge as you plan that next step on your vacation!

SPEARFISHING OUTING

 

You must call ahead at (808) 446-0352 to book this trip. This outing is only $139 when booked alongside our "Freedive 101" course, otherwise it is normally priced at $159.

Get your gear

We begin our adventure at 2:00 p.m. at All About Fish, just north of Ka'anapali on West Maui, where you will be provided quality spearfishing gear. (Equipment Includes; Gun, Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Upper body Wet Suit, Weight Belt, Gloves.

• Shave that stubble! We would never ask you to lose that mustache though; we have a trick to help with leaky masks due to facial hair.

 

Find your dive site

Hop into the MSA truck as we read weather patterns to find the best possible location for the dive.

 

Go Spearfishing!

Hunt invasive species and improve your skills as our guides take you spearfishing at your comfort level (and maybe just past it if your up for the challenge!).

 

On Our Way Home...

We will finish around 5:00 p.m. The time is dependent on the dive location.

It will be close to, if not dark by the end of this one so make plans for dinner after. Feel free to ask for some suggestions on the topic.

Call today to book this trip.  (808) 446-0352