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Rebecca Coales takes Dynamic National Record to 179m

Rebecca Coales Dynamic National record

10th July 2014; -- On the 6th July, 2014 Rebecca Coales took the previous female dynamic with fins (DYN) record to 179m at the Life Leisure, Grand Central 50 metre Pool in Stockport (www.lifeleisure.net/enterprise/grandcentralpools). For those new to freediving, DYN is swimming as far as you can horizontally in a swimming pool with a mono fin or bi-fins on one breath of air. Rebecca already holds the current UK dynamic without fins record (DNF).

The DYN record had previously been held by Ruth Griffin, incredibly since 2009. Rebecca, with a very comfortable dive beat the 175m on the board, surfacing with great control and suggesting she is well within her limits. The whole dive took 2 minutes 36 Seconds.

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Picture Credit: Nick Robertson-Brown

New Static National Record for Georgina Miller at the 7th Med Freediving World Cup!

Georgina Miller beat her own static national record

Saturday 28 June 2014; -- On the 20th June 2014, Georgina Miller beat her own static national record, holding her breath for an incredible 6 minutes and 27 seconds at the 7th Mediterranean Freediving World Cup (www.freediving-club.gr), hosted by Stavros Kastrinakis. The previous record she set was in 2012 of 06:20.

On the morning of the static competition, George, who has been suffering from bouts of competition nerves of late, dealt with them beautifully by she says 'concentrating on one step at a time, rather than looking at it as a target'. A lot of thought, training and energy goes into a long static performance and George is very positive when talking about the discipline which she genuinely enjoys tackling. Georgina freely offers advice and openly shares her experiences with fellow athletes, genuinely wanting to help them improve and see them succeed. She credits her partner and coach, Daan Verhoeven (www.daanverhoeven.com), with her success: 'I give enormous thanks to Daan for all of his help, love, advice, incredible pictures and fantastic coaching.'  read more Picture Credit: Daan Verhoeven (www.daanverhoeven.com)

BFA 2014 Outstanding Contribution to Freediving Award goes to Liv Philip

BFA 2014 Outstanding Contribution to Freediving Award goes to Liv Philip

Monday, 23 June 2014; -- The BFA is proud to announce the Outstanding Contribution to Freediving award 2014 is awarded to Liv Philip (livphilip.com). Introduced some years ago, it has been awarded to John Moorcroft and Ben Noble. As well as being National Champion seven years in a row, breaking ten national records, being the World's top ranked female freediver across the six disciplines in 2010 and World Championship Bronze medal winner in the 2013 Individual Depth World Championship. Liv is one of the UK's most active freedivers, a Master Instructor who also runs two London-based clubs (www.londonfreediving.org) has coached a number of successful freedivers, showing a community spirit that makes her a great ambassador for freediving, competitions, media, film and TV.
Orca has very kindly sponsored this award in the form of an Orca Breath suit (www.orca.com/gb-en/).
For more information on Liv, her achievements and courses, please visit her site www.livphilip.com
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Picture Credit: Emma Critchley (www.emmacritchley.com)

Dynamic no fins national record of 167m set by John Moorcroft at Manchester Classic Competition

John DNF

Wednesday, 4 June 2014; -- John Moorcroft has broken the dynamic no fins (DNF) national record at the 2nd Manchester Classic competition, organised by Steve Millard of Apneists UK (www.freedivingcompetition.com), with a marathon swim of 167m. Chris Crawshaw previously held the record for his 163m swim at the Great Northern competition back in March 2012.

DNF has long been one of Johns strongest freediving disciplines and the only one that he trains regularly in the pool. When Moorcroft started training in 1999 at a 25m pool, there were no long fins were permitted. The world record was held by Frenchman Andy Le Sauce and was 125m, so when John swam 100m he realized he might have a talent for the discipline: "Back then nobody used neck weights or suits, it was purely a speedos and goggles job!" read more
Picture Credit: Sean Peters, Frogfish Photography

Three National Records Made at 5th Great Northern International Pool Competition, Liverpool.

Rebecca DNF

Rebecca Coales breaks own UK National Record for a third time

Tuesday 2 April 2014; -- The 2014 Great Northern International Pool competition, incorporating the UK BFA National Pool Championships, took place on the weekend of 22 and 23 March, at Lifestyle Fitness Aquatic Centre in Liverpool (www.liverpool.gov.uk/lifestyles). Three national records were broken and there were many impressive performances by experienced and new athletes alike.

This was the competition’s fifth year and organiser Steve Millard of Apneists UK www.freedivers.co.uk), delivered yet another fantastic competition, catering for 51 athletes representing 15 countries: ‘We had an amazing helper list, .... read more
Picture Credit: Daan Verhoeven

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