Spear Fishing with Viking and Hermit

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Spear Fishing with Viking and Hermit at Hermit Island Bay is not the usual spear fishing trip…

You can learn spear fishing too, and take a peek inside the spear fishing children’s illustrated adventure you can read in Book 1 & Book 2.

Here’s a little from the story…




“Yes, Viking.”


“Why must I learn to fish?”


“Because, you must learn to catch your food.”


“But, Hermit?”


“Yes, Viking.”


“You have many fish already, and can fish for us both.”


“So, why must I learn to fish, Hermit?”


“Because, you must learn to provide for yourself, and to not be dependent on me. What if something happens to me?”




“Yes, Viking.”


“I already know how to fish.  I don’t need to learn how to fish.”


“You already know how to fish?… but you don’t know spear fishing on Hermit Island at Hermit Bay, do you?”


“No, Hermit.”


“Well, come then Viking…let me show you.”


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Diving from Above with a Spear:

Here’s a little more with Viking and her spear from Book 2…




“Yes, Viking.”


“I see some fish below.  Should I try to spear one?”


“You should certainly try, Viking.  When Sasha comes down in the water, you must have your trusty spear ready at that instant.


You only have a split second to land, and spear your catch.  I told you spear fishing is different here, didn’t I.”


Hermit smiles at her with a chuckle under his breath.


Viking looks at Hermit, squints her eyes and presses her lips with determination.  Vikings lips then turn into a smirk.


“We shall see, Hermit…we shall see!”


…Sasha and Viking shoot down from the sky over the fish.


“There girl…now!”


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You can find out how Viking does with her spear fishing in Book 2: The Grabbas Are Coming.

spear fishingLearn Spear Fishing…

There is more to spear fishing than you think.  Here are some interesting facts from Wikipedia…

Spear fishing is an ancient method of fishing that has been used throughout the world for millennia. Early civilizations were familiar with the custom of spearing fish from rivers and streams using sharpened sticks.

Today modern spearfishing makes use of elastic powered spearguns and slings, or compressed gas pneumatic powered spearguns, to strike the hunted fish. Specialised techniques and equipment have been developed for various types of aquatic environments and target fish.

Spearfishing may be done using free-diving, snorkelling, or scuba diving techniques. Spearfishing while using scuba equipment is illegal in some countries. The use of mechanically powered spearguns is also outlawed in some countries and jurisdictions. Spearfishing is highly selective, normally uses no bait and has no by-catch.

History of Spear Fishing…

Spearfishing with barbed poles (harpoons) was widespread in palaeolithic times.[1]Cosquer cave in Southern France contains cave art over 16,000 years old, including drawings of seals which appear to have been harpooned.

There are references to fishing with spears in ancient literature; though, in most cases, the descriptions do not go into detail.

The Greek historian Polybius (ca 203 BC–120 BC), in his Histories, describes hunting for swordfish by using a harpoon with a barbed and detachable head.[2]

In a parody of fishing, a type of gladiator called retiarius carried a trident and a casting-net. He fought the murmillo, who carried a short sword and a helmet with the image of a fish on the front.

Copper harpoons were known to the seafaring Harappans[3] well into antiquity.[4] Early hunters in India include the Mincopiepeople, aboriginal inhabitants of India’s Andaman and Nicobar islands, who have used harpoons with long cords for fishing since early times.[5]


spear fishingDid you know using a spear to hunt fish in the water was that old?


Viking and Hermit want you to come with them on their spear fishing adventure!


~Courtney & Betina


Viking Learns How to Swim Fast

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Viking and her Father approach the water…


“Yes, Viking”

“Do you think I will ever be fast enough to swim in the boy’s relay?”

“I think that is very possible, Viking.  You just need to work on your swim stroke more.”

How to Swim Fast with a Better Swim Stroke…

“Will you show me what I can do better with my swimming stroke, Father?”

“Certainly.  Now swim out to those rocks and back, and I’ll see how you are swimming.  Remember to cup your hands, and gently place them through the water, even though you are trying to do it very fast.

Try not to fight or slap the water, and be as smooth as you can.  Then, keep your flutter kick very strong, and breathe less often.”

“Yes, Father.  This time I will swim so fast.”

“Off to the starting rocks then.”

“You mean over there with the shallow, rocky bottom?”

“Yes, Viking.”

“But Father, I will scrape myself on the rocks.”

“Only if you dive the wrong way.  Not if you dive the right way before swimming.  In order to swim fast, and race with the boys, your dive has to be better than theirs, and it will make your swimming faster.”

“How do I not scrape myself?”

“You have to make your dive before swimming much longer and stretched out to get past the danger below, and when you hit the water, you will stay as close to the water surface as you can.  If you think about being as long and flat and shallow as possible over the water, you will clear the danger.”

“Okay, I think I can do it!”

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Swimmimg Faster Starts with The Right Dive Over the Water…

Viking steps to the rocks above the sharp shallows.  She is nervous, but confident she can follow her father’s instructions to better her swimming stroke. When she faces a challenge, she feels stronger.

“Swimmer take your mark!”

Viking bends down to touch the ground at her feet, waiting for her starting command, and thinking about each stroke…


She pushes off, and makes her body shoot like an arrow over the water.

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She sees the sharp edges through the clear water, as she flies over them.

How to Swim…

The danger disappears, and there is only blue water below.  She enters the water just at the surface with her fingertips and forehead, and extends forward even more.  She clears, and breaks into her swimming stroke and kick, except the one small scrape she can feel on her big toe.

Now She is Swimming…

She flutter kicks hard and strong, and swims her hands, cupped and pulling through with each stroke.  She holds her breath longer, and keeps swimming while thinking about each carefully placed stroke with her arms, hands and fingers.

A Swimming Finish… 

She reaches and touches the last rock wall with her last stroke under her father’s feet, and grabs her long-waited breath.

“How was that swim, Father?”

“That swim was pretty impressive…fast indeed.  Did you scrape yourself?”

“Just my toe.”

“Let’s see.”

“Oh, it’s just a scratch. Let’s go home and show it to your Mother.  She’ll take care of it.  We can tell her about your fast swim and best dive today.

You did well today, Viking.”

He picks up her special helmet he had made for her, and places it on her head.  He pats the top, and looks her in the eyes and smiles.

“Well done my daughter.”

Viking picks up a flower, and puts it in her hair, and smiles back.

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How to Swim Fast…You can too, and read about more swimming in Book 3: Shaku Riding

Courtney & Betina