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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.

Latest British Freediving News


UK National Freediving Champions Announced: Mike Board & Liv Philip

2015 UK National Freediving Champions Mike Board & Liv Philip

The UK National Freediving Champions are Liv Philip (www.livphilip.com), and Michael Board (www.freedivegili.com)! Collating points earned across all six competitive disciplines, in pool and depth, is how the selection of the annual male and female UK Champions is made. Mike and Liv are two of the most experienced freedivers in the UK and even with their level of experience and achievements, what comes across clearly from speaking with them is their genuine love for the sport, especially of the sea, and read more

photo credit: Anne-Louise Fortin & Daan Verhoeven

Individual AIDA Pool World Championships Belgrade 2015 - UK Team Selection

GB Team

Applications for the UK Team - 2015 AIDA Indoor World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia are now open. The competition will take place from 19th-28th June and will include Dynamic apnea (without fins), Static Apnea and Dynamic Apnea (with fins).

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.)

If you are interested in competing for the UK in Serbia, please let us know by 19th February.... read more

AIDA competition updates

AIDA International association of apnea

During 2014 AIDA International, along with AIDA Nationals, have developed and approved several changes to competition rules. The main aim was to improve safety and remove some ambiguities or redundant regulations. As a result, for example, athletes will not get penalties for grabbing a side of pool on surfacing or for breaking surface. Organisers will be interested in new rules regarding depth such as a possibility of limiting announcements (for safety reasons) or required training for medical staff and additional equipment. Those are just few of changes summarised in a document available to download from AIDA website by clicking here.

All competitions from now on should be judged as per updated rules.

Full version of ner AIDA Competition Rules also available here.

Michael Board's 103m Constant Weight National Record

Michael Board's 103m Constant Weight National Record

& taking 4th place at World Famous Suunto Vertical Blue Competition

On the 2nd December, at the prestigious Suunto Vertical Blue competition, Michael Board pushed his national record in Constant Weight deeper still, from 102m to 103m; at this kind of depth, each meter is like a milestone. Michael lives in Indonesia, on the island of Gili Trawangan, where he teaches freediving courses and training at his, and partner Kate Middleton's school Freedive Gili (www.freedivegili.com).

This latest national record is number 8 for Board and it seems that even at the top of their game, experienced freedivers face challenges, set backs and even knocks in confidence. A former Royal Marine, it is not surprising that Board did not allow any obstacles to stand in his way for long and was gracious enough to talk with us at BFA, at the end of the competition on Long Island:

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BFA AGM 8 November 2014

2014 AGM

The annual AGM was was hosted by Salt Free (http://www.saltfree.biz) at the NDAC (www.ndac.co.uk) on Saturday 8th November and we had a great turn out!

Despite the chilly weather some of us even went for a dip before the meeting. It was a beautiful day for a dive and we were treated to 20m visibility. There was even time for a bit of bubble ring blowing to end the session before getting down to the serious business of the meeting.

It's been a great year for British freediving, we can't mention everything, but to .... read more

photo credit: Daan Verhoeven

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