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The British Freediving Association (BFA) is the UK governing body of the international freediving organization AIDA. We promote recreational and competitive freediving, ratify freediving records, and sponsor events for our members. The BFA also supports a growing network of affiliated freediving clubs throughout the UK.

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Alice Hickson World Champion Freediver, wins Gold & sets 2nd British National Record at Pool World Championships in Belgrade!

Alice Hickson Freediving World Champion HGold Medal

On Thursday 25 June in Belgrade, Serbia, at the Individual AIDA Pool World Championships, Alice Hickson won a gold medal and with it the title of World Champion Freediver by swimming a staggering 174m on one breath of air without the aid of fins! Smashing her British national record set just a few days before by 21m.

Alice Hickson, 25, a swim coach and studying Occupational Therapist part-time, has only been freediving for eight months. Earlier this year, in March, Alice made her first impression on the freediving scene by winning the ‘Best Female Newcomer’ at the National Pool championships (The Great Northern) in Liverpool. read more

Picture Credit: Daan Verhoeven (www.daanverhoeven.com)

Get Snapping this Summer

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This summer we're hosting an Underwater Photo Competition with the great prize of a workshop with renowned freediving photographer Daan Verhoeven. The winning image will also be used on next year's BFA membership e-cards.

So many of you have told us that you're keen photographers in your membership applications so now's the time to get snapping!

To enter the competition we ask that you email us your best image by midnight on Saturday 15 August. The address is photo@britishfreediving.org. Your photo should capture the essence of freediving, as you see it. read more

Picture Credit: Daan Verhoeven (www.daanverhoeven.com)

Dean Chaouche wins silver medal at Suunto Vertical Blue, the Wimbledon of Freediving! 68m Constant No Fins

Dean Chaouche wins silver medal at Suunto Vertical Blue, the Wimbledon of Freediving! Suunto Vertical Blue (VB2015), one of the most prestigious and much-anticipated freediving competitions took place at Dean's Blue Hole on Long Island in the Bahamas between 27 April until 7 May. Attracting elite freedivers from around the globe, Vertical Blue has become known as the Wimbledon of Freediving.

Dean Chaouche, 25, a former electrician from Swansea, turned professional freediver, is a relative new comer on the competitive freediving scene. Quietly making his way up the ranks, he performed incredibly well, taking home a silver medal in the discipline of CNF, with an impressive dive to 68m and narrowly missing out on third place overall. We caught up with Dean and asked him to share his experience of the competition, what he learned and his plans for the future. Read more
Picture Credit: Daan Verhoeven (www.daanverhoeven.com)

The 2015 UK Pool Team sponsored by Divesangha, Bounce Energy Balls & Beet-it

2015 UK Pool Team sponsored by Divesangha, Bounce Energy Balls & Beet-it

The BFA are delighted to introduce the UK Team for the 2015 Individual AIDA Pool World Championship in Belgrade, Serbia (www.aidapoolworldchampionships.com).

The competition will run from 21st to 27th June and we are sending a team of 9 athletes, three of whom hold Wild Cards* (which means they ranked top ten in the world for one or more of the three pool competition disciplines), they are: Alice Hickson, Beci Ryan, Georgina Miller, Lucelle Simms, Rebecca Coales and Shirley Turner for the women and Adam Drzazga, Jason Kirkpatrick and Jay Cluskey for the men. The UK Team are all self-funded and to help them perform their very best they are being generously supported by sponsors Divesangha (www.divesangha.com), Bounce Energy Balls (www.bouncefoods.com) and Beet-it (www.beet-it.com). read more

Individual AIDA Depth World Championships Limassol 2015 - Team Selection

AIDA 2015 World Depth Championships Cyrpus

Applications for the UK Team - 2015 AIDA Depth World Championships in Limassol, Cyprus are now open. The competition will take place from 11th-20th September and will include Constant Weight without fins (CNF), Free Immersion (FIM) and Constant Weight with fins (CWT). We hope to send a full team of 4 men and 4 women per discipline and a Team Captain/Coach (who may or may not be part of the competing team).

Selection will be based on the highest proven performances in the three disciplines. (AIDA world championship team selection will be by AIDA ranked points dated from 18 months prior to 4 months before the competition. In case of candidates wishing to be considered who do not have AIDA ranked points a performance witnessed by an AIDA Judge or AIDA UK Instructor will stand at 80% of the resulting outcome.)..... read more

6th BFA Great Northern - British National Records for Georgina Miller & John Moorcroft, Winners Dan Betts (UK), Matej Bergoc (SLO) & Beci Ryan (UK)

GN 2015 Matej Bergoc DNF

On Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 March, the 6th Great Northern International and the BFA UK National Pool Championships, organised by Steve Millard of www.freedivers.co.uk was held at Lifestyle Fitness Aquatic Centre in Liverpool (www.liverpool.gov.uk/lifestyles).

Two British national records were smashed by John Moorcroft and Georgina Miller. On the podium for the UK women were Beci Ryan, Georgina Miller and Lucelle Simms and for the men it was Dan Betts, Josh Walton and Jason Kirkpatrick. The International male winner was Matej Bergoc of Slovenia, in second Stephen Heiss of Germany and in third David Fournier of Switzerland and for the women it was Beci Ryan first, Masa Sorn of Slovenia taking second and Georgina Miller in third.read more

Picture Credit: Daan Verhoeven (www.daanverhoeven.com)
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2015 BFA Team Sponsors

elios

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'Elios suits are amazing, they are like a second skin, and so quick through the water' - Tim Money (represented the UK in 5 World Championships)

Divesangha

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Bounce Balls

www.bouncefoods.com
Beet It

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