CATCH: Australia’s top ‘free’ divers will be competing at Woolgoolga this weekend.
CATCH: Australia’s top ‘free’ divers will be competing at Woolgoolga this weekend.

Divers go to great depths for comp

SOME of the best ‘free’ divers in Australia will gather at Woolgoolga this weekend for the Bluewater Classic.

Divers will vie to claim the prize for the largest pelagic species which includes wahoo, mackerel, jewfish, marlin and kingfish.

Participants will descend to depths of up to 100m, the equivalent of a 10-storey building, and hold their breath for up to two or three minutes.

Competition organiser Mark Kallman said while some divers can reach this level all divers were encouraged to be safe and swim within their own limits.

He said some divers didn’t need to go deep to catch the best species but needed to act on an instinct about where the fish were going to be.

Divers will be restricted to catching only migratory game fish and they will only be able to catch one of each species on each day of the competition.

One of the notable divers participating in the event is Dr Adam Smith, president of spear fishing body, Australian Underwater Federation.

A fish auction hosted by Woolgoolga Rotary Club will be held at the Woolgoolga Beach Reserve from 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. All money raised will go back to the local charity.



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