We celebrate our Ghost Fins one year on by announcing a popular freediver as a new Penetrator Fins Brand Ambassador!
What first began as a way to gather food, pearls, sea sponges and salvage from shipwrecks freediving has now become one of the most highly photographed underwater adventure sports.
Originally from Florida, USA, now calling the beautiful islands of Hawaii home is the much loved mermaid of the sea, social media influencer and our brand new Penetrator Fins Recreational Freediving Ambassador .......
Kim Kertz! (@kimkertz)
So while I wasn't allowed a trip to Hawaii to formally congratulate Kim, I was able to catch up with Kim on the eve of announcing her as a Penetrator Fins Brand Ambassador for some insight into how she got into free diving and what she thinks of our fins.
Firstly I would like to say on behalf of the Penetrator Fins family "Welcome" and thank you for taking on such a great role with us!
Aloha! I'm excited to officially start working with you guys and become part of the family.
Kim we have seen you quickly become the face of our Ghost Fins on Instagram, how did you first find out about our Ghost Penetrator Fins?
A friend of mine knows how much I loved the transparency of clear fins but I could never find crystal clear ones, so he showed me the Ghost fins on your website and said "Kim you need these in your life!" Hahaha he was right! Now I am obsessed with them, I just love the clarity and high performance I get every time I use them!
I like that friend! So have you always been into freediving?
No, Ive probably only been freediving for about two years now. Before freediving my passion was scuba. I got into the freedive scene one summer when I was on a scuba live-a-board in the middle of the Caribbean with my best friend and we just couldn't stay out of the beautiful waters so we jumped in and began snorkeling and diving deeper and deeper. It was the "weightless" feeling of having no gear that was immediately addictive and since then I have just been hooked.
Wow! I would love to be able to do that, you will find that I am both a big chicken and a floater (snorkeler), so do you have any tips/tricks that you could share with me and our readers?
Well my two biggest pieces of advice are to one, never doubt yourself and your abilities, you can do anything with the right training and practice. And my second is to fully educate yourself in safety and proper form. Look at taking a course on freediving, safety and knowledge are power and in this sport it could just save your life or your friends.
Okay so I need practice and to trust myself more, but here in Australia there are lots of things out to get you, sharks, stingers, crocs, box jellyfish the list goes on. How do you stay calm and not freak out when you see the local wildlife while trying to get to new depths?
When I'm in the water I fully understand that I am no longer in my world, I'm a visitor in a completely different element. I respect every bit of life and movements in the water and trust that I am a welcomed guest.
Of course like everyone I've had my moments, but I just remember that panic will fix nothing and swimming away only makes you look like bait.
I do not want to look like bait!...... Ever....
Well make sure you stand your ground and make your presence known if ever aggressively approached by anything. With new depths of breath holding I trust in my training and that my body will let me know when it's time to make my way to air. Never panicking is the key, it only burns more oxygen which you don't want. Freediving is about a calm relaxed state of mind that is important to keep at all times.
Okay so I need to stay calm, practice, not doubt myself, stand my ground, not panic and not look like bait! I'm exhausted already!!
Hahahaha you are a big chicken aren't you!
YEP! So with all that training and knowledge you have, have you ever found yourself in a confronting situation?
Unfortunately I have. I like to squeeze in some pretty tight spots but always manage to find a way out but not on this one day. That day I had managed to pin myself between two walls of lava rock and coral about five feet from my exit and twenty feet from the surface. As my body began to beg me for air my mind started to race. I thought so many crazy things before reminding myself to stay calm and figure it out. After what felt like forever I finally ripped myself out scratching up a lot of my right leg and my stomach on my not so graceful exit. I hit the surface and gasped the biggest breath of air I have ever taken. This experience didn't quite set me back but made me realize how much more careful I needed to be with my cave explorations and how important safety really is.
Wow! That was lucky! I have seen a video of yours cave diving it was both cool and scary at the same time. How do you get those great photos and videos for Instagram? Is it planned or just "spur of the moment?"
I owe most of these images to the incredibly talented photographers I'm so lucky to dive with. They truly are amazing and each individual has such a unique style and eye for different moments. Some of the images are softly planned but most are caught of me in the middle of a drop. The majority of the time I am off in my own world searching for different things or just working on my breathing. I don't really pay attention to what they're taking photos of but every time they seem to catch that perfect moment. The photographers are the true artist I'm just an aspiring free diver with a deep passion for what I do.
Have you got a favorite memory from your freediving journey so far?
I've had some pretty spectacular moments while underwater but I've gotta say my favorite was the morning of my last birthday when I turned twenty five. It was my first birthday away from my family and friends in my hometown. I went out for a morning dive, the first thirty minutes were quiet so I went to the bottom of the ocean floor and started practicing my bubble rings. As I began my third drop I turned around and was pleasantly surprised to see two huge pods of dolphins swimming over to check me out. I had the water all to myself as my dive buddy was occupied at the other end of the beach. For almost an hour these majestic creatures danced and played with me underwater, let me swim with their young, and even launched out just feet in front of my face spinning through the air. I truly felt as if this was my birthday gift from mother ocean herself. I was filled with such thankful joy it brought tears to my eyes. Days like that one are what I live for and what makes me have so much love for the ocean and free diving.
That is very cool! So your quite a big social media influencer, I'd like to know who are your biggest influencers?
My biggest influencers aren't any specific people but the free diving world itself. The pure excitement divers get from sharing their passion about freediving and watching each other reach new depths is what influences me most. Yes it can be a competitive sport but even when you're competing, everyone is still on the same team. We're all here to grow and get better together and the community of freedivers is a very welcoming and supportive group of talented individuals. It's something I've loved most since the beginning.
Having spent so much time diving, do you think its made you more aware of the environment and conservation of the oceans?
I've always carried interest in the environment, land and water. I wouldn't say the amount of time that I spend in the water makes me more interested specifically in conservation but more eager to share not just the good but also the bad. Conservation is very important to the survival of not just our oceans but the planet we live on. Knowledge is everything and most of the time people just don't know the damage they're causing. Sadly the reality is, most of us want to show only the beauty without all of the trash we're constantly picking up. Reef clean ups aren't just a scheduled event but an every day part of my life.
That is so true, there is always a dark side to all the beautiful photos that often social media doesn't let us see. So finally I would love to know what can we expect from you in the future?
Well I plan to travel around the Polynesian Islands, coastal lines of Europe, Indonesia, and so much more spreading my love for the ocean and all it has to offer. I have only begun my freediving adventure and hope to reach new depths and longer breath holds while training around the world. In the process hopefully change some lives along the way while sharing the beauty and peace of free diving through images that can take people on a short trip under the surface.
Well hopefully we can catch up in person next time. Thank you for your time today Kim!
Your welcome, I look forward to seeing you guys in Hawaii soon!
If anyone has any further questions for Kim on diving or on the Penetrator Fins she uses please find her on Instagram under @kimkertz.
All photos used are credited to the corresponding photographers that were listed on first publication unless not first credited.
Hi all, sorry for the lack of posting of late. I cant believe how quick time has gone. Larry and I have been working hard behind the scenes to bring some awesome things coming over the next few months! (plus that pesky thing called a real job keeps getting in the way hahaha!)
So whats been going on....?
Over this last month we have traveled up to Far North QLD of Australia to Cairns in support of the Underwater Hockey Association club event. Thanks to the Cairns Crays for having us! If you missed our posts head to our Instagram Page to check the event out.
As I had never been past Bundaberg (Not exactly a problem! The distillery's fine work and I are great mates!), Larry thought he would show the #notsotrustysidekick around. It was up to Cape Tribulation for us and some sightseeing and catching up with friends while in Far North QLD. There are some beautiful waters up there and we would've loved to get in and had a swim but due to box jellyfish, Irukandji (more poisonous jellyfish!), sharks, crocs and not having a stinger suit to wear we went "nah"! and kept our toes out of water.
We have also been busy in talks with a soon to be announced freediving brand ambassador!! We are very lucky to have so many of you support our Australian Made family business and we are blessed to have achieved world wide notoriety within the freediving, spearfishing and underwater sports community.
Over the next few months I will attempt to re-post more of your wonderful photos so keep tagging us @penetratorfins, #penetratorfins and #notsotrustysidekick. The photos that have come through of late are just incredible, we have some skilled photographers out there!
Before I go just a quick reminder that the Australian Bluewater Classic will be on this weekend in Woolgoolga near Coff Harbour NSW. Unfortunately we wont be able to make it with the new dates for the event, but get along and good luck to all those who participate. The weather should be good this time around!!
As usual if you want me to cover anything in our blog posts send me an email to email@example.com.
Welcome to the world of Octopush, better known now as Under Water Hockey!!
Originally called Octopush (still known by that name in the UK today) the original rules called for teams of eight players (hence "octo-"), a bat reminiscent of a tiny shuffleboard stick called a "pusher" (hence the "-push"), an uncoated lead puck called a "squid", and a goal known at first as a "cuttle" but soon thereafter a "gulley".
Underwater Hockey (UWH) was started in the United Kingdom by Alan Blake in 1954
and has been in Australia from about the 1960's-70's with the first Australian Championships held in 1975, and has been steadily growing in popularity ever since.
UWH has a great following from the Spearing and Free-dive community as they can put the breath hold skills required to free-dive or spear to use in another form of underwater fun. Players who tend to be most successful in this game are strong swimmers, have a great ability to hold and recover their breath, and are able to produce great speed underwater whilst using skills in puck control. Team work is also key to a successful outcome of this sport.
Basically there are two teams with about 10 a side. Only six of the team may be in the water at one time, three are offensive players or forwards and three are defensive players or backs, subbing in and out the others players when needed. Teams are broken up into colours generally being black hockey sticks and white white hockey sticks.
Each team starts on the wall of their opponents goal area while the puck is placed in the middle of the pool. Once the ref signals game on, its all in to get the puck to your goal end!!
While it may look like a free for all there are actually rules that players must follow, so not to get a penalty. There are a number of penalties in underwater hockey, ranging from use of the stick against something (or someone! Not recommended) other than the puck, playing or stopping the puck with something other than the stick, and guarding a player to put yourself between a team-mate who has the puck and an opponent.
Like in football, if a penalty is minor a ref will award an advantage, the team that committed the foul is pushed back 3 meters from the puck, while the other team gets free possession. For major penalties, such as a dangerous flick (don't aim at or near an opponent's head!), intentional or repeated fouls a referee can sin bin players for a period of time or for the remainder of the game. A defender committing a serious foul sufficiently close to his own goal may be penalized by the award of a penalty shot or a penalty goal to the fouled player's team.
Games consist of two halves generally ten to fifteen minutes in length.
So what do you need to start playing UWH??
Well you will first need a mask and snorkel and some safety gear like a mouth guard, glove and a head cap (like a water polo cap or swimming cap).
You will also need a stick, when you buy these you will generally get two: one black one white. It's also handy to get yourself a puck so you can practice at home or a pool, but also in case you need a puck on game day. Pucks will generally be about 1.5kg and have numerous coloured coatings.
Most important piece of equipment....... Your Penetrator Sub Sport UWH fins of course!
Just like your free-dive or spearing fins you will need particular fins blades for UWH.
The fin for UWH is much shorter than other fins as it is needed for speed and power in a short rapid movement. Therefore UWH fin blades only come in two strengths, Medium - most popular choice and Hard. Foot pockets are glued and fixing kits are applied to the fin to keep it extra secure, in International Games a polymer layer is stuck over the top and bottom of the fin to prevent injury to players if one happens to be broken during play. This rarely happens and only tends to happen when kicked accidentally on a wall or pushing off the bottom of the pool during active game play. Others tend to be broken if not removed before walking away from pool edge to seating benches when subbing.
So does Under Water Hockey sound like the game for you? There are lots of teams to join in every state and territory in Australia, simply type in to Facebook or Google Underwater Hockey and your location and you will get a great choice of teams to check out.
This year we have again supported and sponsored the Cairns Crays Comp so head to their Facebook page to show your support!! I have attached the promo for everyone to look at. Up for grabs at the Comp is a pair of our Sub Sport UWH Fins!
For all your Underwater Hockey fins needs click below to buy.
#notsotrustysidekick would like to thank the ABC in Canberra for their video and UWH Australia for the group photo of UWH players. Research obtained through various sources, UWH Australia and UK.
Well folks its that time of year again when we suit up and head to the gorgeous Coffs Coast on Northern NSW Australia. The Bluewater Classic has been going strong for now 22 years and it looks like its 23rd will be a cracker of a year. The 2017 Australian Bluewater Freediving Classic will take place in Woolgoolga this year, hosted by Coffs Harbour Bluewater Freedivers.
This year we have donated a pair of Penetrator Fins Ghost Blades for a lucky winner to receive!! The team at Penetrator Fins also looks forward to hopefully being able to attend and participate in.
Registration for this years event will be at Woolgoolga RSL between 2 and 4pm, 31 March 2017. With the competition on the 1st and 2nd of April 2017.
Entry is $70 with proceeds going to the National Spearfishing Team. You will also need to be a member of either the AUF or USFA.
Competitors are able to dive all day Saturday, but will need to be back onshore by 2pm Sunday for the weigh-in at Woolgoolga Reserve
Organisers will provide GPS co-ordinates for the southern and northern boundaries. There is no limit on where you launch or how long you dive
So here are a couple of the rules that need to be stuck to in order to qualify entry at weigh in:
Only 5 species per diver (you can present 2 of a species but the second fish will score less), fish score to a maximum of 25kg. You can spear whatever you like and find but for the competition weigh in please only present Pelagics', Jewfish and Snapper. To find out what species are on the list of head to the Australian Bluewater Classic Facebook page:
Competitors may only land fish between Evans Head in the north (29.10 S) and South West Rocks in the south (30.96 S) for purposes of competing.
Safety is paramount and no diving without a float will be permitted.
To find more information and the full rules please head to the Australian Bluewater Classic Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/events/1294549540567207/
With just over 2 weeks to go we look forward to seeing you all there! Good luck!
#notsotrustysidekick and Larry
Want your own set of Ghost Fins then head to:
Some of the species on the list - see Facebook for full listings
Custom Design Fins are seriously becoming the hottest item of 2017.
Penetrator Fins owner Larry, has been at the forefront of implementing ways to improve on the features, prints and look of fins in today's markets.
Over the years we have been lucky enough to manufacture custom fins for you guys, our wonderful customers. We get some pretty awesome designs and ideas come through from you all, and often are are asked to design and create something unique based on a theme or logo. (#notsotrustysidekick fave at the mo is the banana leaf)
All our prints and custom prints are done using our IML ( In Mould Labeling) Technology, which means it wont peel or scratch off. Prints can be placed front and back using this advanced technology we have developed, creating a more personal look for each client.
Penetrators' IML technology has come at great cost and research, constantly trying to improve the appearance and vibrancy of prints, reviewing inks, materials, application processes, ensuring that the resin and heating cycle used for the blade making process itself doesn't interfere with the end result, giving us the products you see today.
Our in house digital printing capability means we have full control over image design and quality. It also allows us to be able to provide fast turn around on custom fins with most taking no more than a week from initial concept to completed fins. We can work closely with you to push the boundaries and deliver result based products.
I want to say a special Kia Ora and Mahalo to all of you who are loving our Tangaroa and Hawaiian Fins, they are going off on our Instagram!
While all of them look awesome and we love to see the end results, here are a few that we will make special mention to. To see more of our custom jobs make sure to like our Facebook and Instagram.
To create a truly unique pair of fins we just need you to sketch out a concept or even better supply completed artwork or images. High resolution photos work best but we can talk you through the process step by step so why not get in touch via our Contact Us page and we can look at options for you.
Ok so this little bugger has taken all day to upload.........
We will be doing more how to videos in the next coming months and I am sure my camera skills will improve (lol I will probably still get told off by our fearless leader Larry), so please if you would like us to cover anything email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Larry recently has had the luck of being able to go up north and enjoy what the ocean has to offer at 1770 and Central Coast of QLD.
Larry, Dave (local legend) and Levi (one half of the #noobspearo team) made the 7 hr drive from the Gold Coast to 1770, the guys made it safe to their accommodation for the night before leaving before first light to fight for the ice bags at the local servo, before heading out to the wild blue yonder.
They were lucky enough to have the opportunity to stay out overnight on the Great Barrier Reef on the Penetrator Fins Boat ( and went out again only 3 weeks later on Daves' as it was epic the first time). The lagoon they anchored up in provides great shelter for boats of all sizes and often you will see quite a few for the overnight pit stop. With three burly blokes snuggled up for the night(oh so cozy!), there was talk as to what the next day would hold, where they would go and what they would catch and of course... who would get the biggest fish! (while telling #notsotrustysidekick about the adventures, our fearless leader Larry kept referring to Dave's back in the 80's stories ....... hm okay..... the 80's were a good year for me to Dave!!)
Diving quality was good with visibility to 20 meters. Species available were mainly Coral Trout and Spanish Mackerel with the odd Green Job fish and Cobia around too.
Sighting a 4 plus meter Tiger Shark was a great finale to the weekend but bitter sweet as Larry dropped the 20kg Cobia he shot from under it.
By the end of a few days all were happy to get home with their catch, savoring it until next time they can get up there.
Then came news that the weather was awesome at Cairns and surrounds, Larry was extended an invite and hospitality by Rick of #aimritehawaiiusa to come up and see what the QLD Far North Coast has in the way of diving and fishing. Larry promptly booked flights and made his way up.
But as usual the weather can take a turn at the most inconvenient time. With flights booked Larry decided that the trip was still worth the go ahead to see what species he and Rick could find.
Needless to say the QLD Far North Coast didn't disappoint!! On this trip Larry was lucky enough to meet some local friends of Rick's and they soon all became friends extending the same hospitality and general awesomeness to Larry, together they showed him some of the best spots for diving and opportunities to see fish we don't get here on the Gold Coast.
There was lots of Barramundi seen and Larry was keen to get one but due to it being out of season they were a no go fish unless he wanted to cop a fine (and a lecture from the #notsotrustysidekick if he got one!)
While the visibility was between 8 and 1.5 meters and the diving was a bit deeper than Larry was used to, he stayed within his comfort zone and was still able to pull off bagging some nice Fingermark.
Lastly I want to thank everyone who has given Larry great opportunities to catch some excellent eating fish lately, so thank you Dave and Levi.
And to Rick, his family and the new friends up north for your hospitality given and opportunity for a feed of Fingermark and Crays (it is pretty tasty!)
And to all the divers out there, while a great pair of Penetrator Fins will always help you to get the most out of each dive, you always need to dive within your limits, know what species are on and off season and what bag limits may apply to them.
Happy diving and fishing,
From the #notsotrustysidekick
The Penetrator Carbon fins featured in some photos can be bought using this link:
Wow what a few (7 to be exact) years it has been!! Throughout that time we have continually tried to improve the end product that we know and love today! Needless to say but heck we have dramatically improved, so worth all those hours blood, sweat and tears to get the awesomeness we have today!
And we wouldn't have been able to do it without all our fans, supporters and brand ambassadors over the years. So thank you all!!
This year we will be have "flashbacks" to the days of old as well as showcasing photos from customers showing the lifestyle that we are all so fortunate to be able to live, due to our passion for free-diving, spearfishing and good fish.
My humble #notsotrustysidekick will be out and about and re-posting photos and writing about the underwater lifestyles of our customers as well as introducing you to our brand ambassadors.
So make sure to tag us @penetratorfins as well as #penetratorfins as she will be following up and featuring photos on our blog, instagram and facebook accounts.
If you have any suggestions throughout the year of things you would like to see or for us to write about please let us know!!
Hears to a wonderful 2017!!
Larry and the #notsotrustysidekick
We would like to congratulate all competitors in the Brisbane Freediving Open for a fantastic event!
Today the Penetrator Fins family went to view some amazing action the pool watching competitors in the Dynamic No Fins category.
Whilst we were there founder of Penetrator Fins Larry caught up with some of the officials and one of the organisers Nicole, to learn some of the rules and regulations of competition.
Penetrator Fins would like to acknowledge the tireless safety efforts of all involved, we found this to be remarkable and want to take this opportunity to remind all divers either freediving or spearfishing that safety should always be number one and that a Samba or Shallow Water Blackout can happen to anyone anytime.
We look forward to seeing the final results and prize winners!!
Well it has been a while since I updated this mostly due to being very busy. We have been developing several new products further with continuing in field evaluation to ensure the high quality standard we aim for is being met. These include our Underwater Hockey fins and the new Kevlar spearfishing blades.
Demand for Penetrator fins has increased 2 fold this year so recent improvements in manufacturing such as our in house CNC router for blade cutting has greatly
increased our capacity to not only meet this demand but produce accurate repeatable blade profiles in large numbers. This machine also produces our novel key rings and engraves our logo. You can watch a video of it in action below.
We have now begun manufacturing composite blades for Wettie Spearfishing in New Zealand. Wettie is a well established brand and a market leader in the supply of speafishing gear especially wetsuits. For inquiries in New Zealnd contact the team at Wettie Spearfishing:
Shop Phone: 09 479 4232 Or 0064 9 479 4232
Darren Shields on 021839118 - email@example.com
Gemma Shields on 0210499762 - firstname.lastname@example.org
James Young on 0211736255 - email@example.com
Shop Address: Unit C, 121 Rosedale Rd, Albany Auckland 0632, NEW ZEALAND
Kevlar Composite spearfishing blades
These are a shorter blade made from the highly damage resistant material Kevlar in combination with our advanced epoxy resins and other fibre re-enforcements. The design brief for these blades was a light but powerful blade for hunting Mulloway and crays in washy areas.This material combination has exceeded our expectations both in toughness and performance creating a blade with near carbon fibre response and composite blade durability. The natural Kevlar gold colour makes these blades highly visible even in dirty water for an added safety benefit. For those who like to remain stealthy they can be customised with any of our camo patterns or resin colours. These blades will sell for $350 and come with a 3 year guarantee.
Our carbon fibre blades are continuing to perform well with players at top level both in Australia and New Zealand putting them through their paces at competition level. Carbon fibre blades with Beuchat pockets are available now for $359.
New custom imbedded images:
We have completed the process for embedding full colour prints into our carbon blades using the cray print (pictured) as an example of what is possible. The process does add some expense to a pair of blades so will be considered and priced on a case by case basis. If you have any ideas for customising your fins get in touch so we can discuss the options with you.
Hi Vis images so your buddy can see you from the surfaces in low visibility conditions. We recently customised this pair of carbon blades for Coffs Harbour diver Mick Davison.
Fin travel and storage bags
These are currently being manufactured and will be available before Christmas. Made from heavy duty synthetic canvas with padded interior. Keep in touch for more info very soon.