THE WATERMAN EXPERIENCE

ACHIEVEMENT CHARTERS - WESTERN AUSTRALIA

season: all year round


Within all of us there is a calling to explore the remote places, to experience things that very few people have and to challenge ourselves in the natural environment. When we find ourselves in these situations we feel a sense of freedom, of self empowerment, camaraderie and purpose.

Whether it is for a corporate trip, a family expedition or just wanting to book a once in a lifetime adventure, we will give you an experience you will never forget!

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Personally guided by captain Joseph Claussen, professional waterman Joe Knight , and Shanan Worrall, you will live the ultimate ocean adventure and individual tailor the highest quality training in the following areas:

 

Watermanship

  • Apnea
  • Advanced Swimming Techniques
  • Freediving
  • Sea Survival
  • Training Principals 
  • Planning and Preparedness
  • First aid and Rescue
  • Mental Strength Coaching

During the coaching sessions on the fundamentals of watermanship you will be guided around some of the best ocean ecosystems that Australia has to offer. By applying your newly learned watermanship techniques and under the supervision of Joe and Shanan a new world will open before you, a world of unlimited possibilities in ocean adventure.

The days will be alternating between watermanship training, guided waterman exploration, underwater photography and selective/sustainable spearfishing.

 

Selective/sustainable spearfishing

  • Boating
  • General Seamanship
  • Gear Selection
  • Rigging of Equipment
  • Spearfishing Techniques
  • Spearfishing Safety
  • Preparing Seafood
  • Cooking

 

underwater photography

  • Boating
  • General Seamanship
  • Equipment Selection and Maintenance 
  • Capturing The Perfect Image
  • Adapting To The Conditions
  • Editing

We will cater for all water activities and contextualise the trip to suit whatever you wish to achieve whilst exploring the Indian Ocean with us!

 

 

 

Achievement Charters

 

Achievement Charters offers a variety of customizable packages. Whatever you’re looking for in a life adventure, we can make it happen — whether it’s going on a remote fishing expedition anywhere along the West Australian coast, entertaining important clients on the Swan river, or relaxing at a luxurious beach just minutes from Perth. Read through our list of adventures and see if anything catches your eye. Get in touch soon to start planning your next getaway.

 

Our Vessel "Achievement"

Achievement was custom built in W.A. for our conditions. The design is a Marco Sambrailo hull with custom deck and interior by Gavin Mair designs Henderson. There is sleeping for eight, with two full bathrooms. The main deck features a wrap-around bar with 10 captain’s chairs for dining or just enjoying the action. The center of the bar contains a BBQ, sink, and large drinks fridge. This feature is the heart of the vessel where you will dine, drink and tell tall tales of your daily adventures. 
This vessel is fully set up for your adventures wether it be cruising the swan river for an intimate lunch or dinner cruise with award winning chefs, a Rottnest day trip, bottom or Game fishing with top of the line fishing gear Diawa Saltiga eggbeaters and Penn Game fishing reels.  So wether you want to bottom bash for Coral Trout, Red Emperor, Dhufish, Snapper, and Bald Chin Grouper, or go trolling for Yellow fin tuna, Spanish mackerel, yellow tail kingfish, and Marlin "Achievement" and her crew are ready to go.  The vessel has been fitted with the latest state of the art Gyro Stabiliser system to provide the utmost of comfort regardless of the sea conditions.
We carry all the latest free diving and snorkelling gear, surf boards and SUPs.
In addition to Achievement “the mother vessel”, we will be operating a 7.5m Gemini jet RIB to fish and dive from, as well as accessing parts of the reef systems not reachable by a larger vessel. 
To make the memories last a lifetime, Achievement Charters will provide you with Hi-res photos and 4k video from our DJI drone of your trip. We will also be operating an underwater ROV with HD camera that will stream live video to the large screen LCD TV, to allow those who don’t enter the water the experience of viewing the amazing sea life on offer such as sea lions, dolphins, whales, coral reefs, numerous tropical fish species.

 

What is waterman?

 

“A waterman is someone who is competent and confident in the ocean without the aid of a craft, has a well rounded ability in all ocean disciplines, has a compassionate, proactive and respectful approach towards the ocean and is a natural leader and mentor of other ocean users. In other words a waterman is an ocean ambassador.”  Joe Knight

 

What is watermanship training?

 

Whatever your core ocean discipline is; Surfing, Surf Photography, Freediving, Paddleboarding, Kiteboarding, Ocean Swimming… One Ocean Watermanship Training aims to contextualise the training to suit your needs and give you the broadest training in general watermanship possible.

The program covers principals from the freediving, lifesaving and watermanship.

 

Pre Requisits: 

Must be physically fit, medically fit (see below) and have good knowledge of general watermanship, e.g. surfer, freediver, ocean swimmer, windsurfer, life guard or a general ocean enthusiast. No prior training in watermanship, surf survival, breath hold or freediving is necessary. Minimum age is 16.

Program Duration: 

1 Day Package

3 Day Package

7 Day Package

Cost: From $1000 per person

What is supplied?

  • Vessel 
  • Crew
  • Food and Beverages
  • Freediving masks, snorkels, wetsuits (BYO preferred), weight belts
  • Rob Allen Spear guns
  • 7.3m Jet RIB tender
  • Fishing gear

 

Medical Fitness

You will be asked to complete a medical declaration and unless you suffer a medical condition that is a contradiction to watermanship you will not be required to complete a medical examination. Students with contradicting medical conditions will be required to undergo a dive medical that meets the Australian Standard 4005.1. 

Medical conditions that are of concern are: lung conditions, heart condition, epilepsy, diabetes, any ear problems or any other major medical conditions. 

 

CAPTAIN

 

Joseph Claussen

Born and raised in Oklahoma, Joe has spent the last 20 years travelling and working on luxury yachts worldwide.  For the past eleven years skippering private vessels in Western Australia from Esperence to Broome.  An avid diver, surfer, fisherman, free-diver and spear-fisherman with extensive local knowledge.  Joe’s skills also extend into the galley, specialising in fresh seafood, sushi and sashimi, ceviche, and a master on the BBQ.

 

 

WATERMAN GUIDES

 

Joe Knight

Joe was raised in Flinders, Victoria and since the age of 10 he has been full time in the ocean. Freediving was his first and still major ocean passion. Joe was one of the three initial juniors to join the Southern Freedivers Spearfishing Club based in Victoria in 1994 and this is where his underwater education officially started.

Joe’s first official employment was with the Royal Australian Navy where he served for 6 years. After honourably discharging in 2008 with a Maritime Commanders Australia Commendation 

he moved into ocean safety, first with an offshore survival training centre called ERGT based in Perth then founding his own company One Ocean International which he continues to run to this day.

Joe has been in and around the ocean under many hats which include:

 

  • State, National and International Spearfishing Competitions 1994 - 2012
  • Navy medic and ships diver 2002 - 2008
  • Sea Urchin Diving in New Zealand 2010 - 2011 
  • Trochas Shell Diving 2013 
  • Greenlip Abalone Diving 2014
  • Safety Officer 2005 Australian Spearfishing Championships
  • Safety diver for Vertical Blue 2013 International freediving competition
  • after safety team for Farm House Films 2014 - 2015 big wave surfing expeditions
  • Freediving instructor and guide Byron Bay Dive Centre 2011 - 2013
  • Underwater photographer 2012 - Present
  • Freediving and Spearfishing safety trainer for Blue Water Explorer Tonga 2014
  • Specimen shell diver / deckhand 2016 - present 

 

 

Shanan Worrall

Shanan was born in Esperance, the most south eastern coastal town of Western Australia in 1978.  He started surfing, fishing and spearfishing at the age of 6 and quickly discovered his deep passion for the ocean. 

At the age of 17, because of this passion he began to steer his career towards the ocean. He officially started as an abalone diver/deck hand and continues to commercially dive to this day.

Shanan has been involved in many other ocean ventures of considerable note. These include:

  • Winner of WSL Tube of the Year Big Wave Awards 2017
  • Big wave surfer
  • Cray fish diver on the Abrolhos Islands
  • 3 x Esperance Deep Sea Angling competition winner
  • Specimen Shell Diver
  • Abalone diver
  • Oakley Big Wave Award nominee and Finalist
  • Billabong Big Wave Awards finalist 2017
  • One Ocean International Trainer
  • Luxury fishing charter skipper

Whilst Shanan has spent 21 years working in and around the ocean, when not working, his recreational activities have revolved around surfing, diving and fishing.