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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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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

Freediving record is broken by Rebecca Coales at Manchester Competition - 186m Dynamic with Fins

Rebecca Coales 186m Dynamic National Record

On Saturday 29th November, Rebecca Coales, trained by Steve Millard of the freedivers.co.uk group, extended her own national record of 179m in Dynamic apnea, to an impressive distance of 186m, at Grand Central pool operated by Life Leisure (www.lifeleisure.net). Rebecca's underwater swim with a monofin took 3 minutes and was overseen by internationally qualified judges from the main Freediving agency, AIDA International (www.aidainternational.org).

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Apnea Revolution Cup BFA Pool Competition

Apnea Revolution Cup - Lucy Hannel

On Saturday 1st November, Apnea Revolution (www.apnearevolution.com), organised their first pool freediving competition: the Apnea Revolution Cup BFA Pool Competition at the Queen Mother Sports Centre (www.better.org.uk).

Sponsorship was received from the BFA in the form of a pool competition grant, which is the first time the competition grants system has been introduced. There were some fantastic performances all around, Tim Money (UK) won with 154m DYN out of the men and Beci Ryan with 134m DNF for the women; in second place were Eoin Clarke (IRE, 107m DNF) and Rebecca Coales (UK, 130m DNF); in third were Deividas Stankevicius (LTU, 105m DYN) and Ana Vadillo (ESP, 104m DYN), both personal bests. read more
Picture Credit: Daan Verhoeven (www.daanverhoeven.com)

Helena Bourdillon Wins Bronze at Triple Depth

Helena Bourdillon Wins Bronze at Triple Depth

And ranks 2nd for UK in CNF!

From 14th to 20th October, Freedive Dahab (www.freedivedahab.com) ran it’s 10th annual Triple Depth competition. British Freediver Helena Bourdillon, of Apnea Revolution (www.apnearevolution.com) and Freedive 2000 (www.freediving2000.co.uk) took part in her first ever freediving competition, securing third place on the podium and ranking number 2 in the UK for a tremendous 40m no fins dive!

The BFA caught up with Helena to congratulate her on her achievements and ask if she would share her experiences with us of her first competition. read more

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