The BFA Committee 2017/18
Chair – George Miller
My name is Georgina Miller and I started freediving in 2007. I used to be a scuba instructor and I have swapped blowing bubbles for holding my breath. I live in London so spend quite a bit of time in the pool craving deep warm water to play in! I love free diving so much and Im really excited about the sport growing and the fantastic community that takes part in it. So taking on the role of clubs is a brilliant opportunity to help others develop in a safe an positive environment. Happy apnea everyone!
Competitions – Paul Woodhouse
I started my underwater adventure in 2007 when a taster session on holiday gave me the bug to do more scuba diving. I have really enjoyed my learning process and have progressed to instructor level enabling me to share my passion with others. Two years ago I decided to try Freediving; I have not looked back since. I love the freedom of diving unencumbered by equipment. I have now attained instructor status and am able to help others develop their skills in this discipline.
I regularly train with Notanx in Surrey as well as travelling around the UK dive sites. I am pleased to take over the role of competitions for the BFA and look forward to many more competitions in the years to come.
E-Media – Barrie Mcphilbin
5 Years ago I took my first breath underwater I’m now a full PADI Scuba Instructor teaching in the uk based in Nottingham. If that wasnt enough, I took on the challenge of freediving. I jumped into my Aida 2 Star with Purefreedive and found yet another love affair with water. Scuba and Freediving are my passions with the added benefit I get to meet some amazing people along the way. By day I’m working within the IT Industry outside of work I’m diving, I need my water fix.
Membership – Alexandra Mikheeva
I first discovered freediving when one summer in France I decided to challenge myself to swim pool lengths underwater. The summer ended, challenges increased, and after a couple of years I found out that breath holding is actually a sport that has a lot of theory and training behind it. This discovery also came at a pivotal point of my life, and helped me develop physically, socially and emotionally. I joined a local training group in 2015, achieved my first Aida certificate a few months later, and continue to explore my own limits below the surface on our weekly sessions. Being under water provides me with the kind of peace and serenity I otherwise can only find on top of a mountain (but the pool is easier to get to). While I am still new to the sport, I am excited to continue learning about it and spreading my love for it to all our existing and potential new members in the years to come!
Press Officer – Louise Nelson
Hello! My name is Louise Nelson and I’m delighted to join the BFA Committee.
I’ve had a lifelong fascination with the underwater world and I spent most of my childhood summers in pools, lakes and oceans. I qualified as a scuba diver in 1999 but was always intrigued by freediving. I joined Apnea Revolution club in 2016, got certified, and quickly fell in love with the sport. I have a passion for exploration, science, history, the natural world, photography, sport, film, and travel, all of which freediving marries so perfectly together. Everyone in the freediving community that I’ve met in the UK and abroad has been welcoming, friendly and helpful.
I’m keen to promote the safe practice of the sport, to raise awareness of freediving, and to support the UK community and all of its members. Please contact me with any questions, requests or opportunities you have and I would be happy to help!
Records & AIDA Liaison & Secretary – Julian Jansen van Rensburg
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My journey into free diving first began off the coast of South Africa many moons ago. This early encounter with our underwater realm has led to a lifetime appreciation and involvement with the sea and to my current role as an AIDA Instructor. I hold a doctorate in Maritime Archaeology, which has allowed me to combine my love of the sea with that of the past. In my spare time I can be found by the water free diving, spearfishing, scuba diving, surfing or sailing. I have competed in pool and depth competitions in Germany and Greece. My passion for free diving has inspired me to take up the current role of Secretary for the BFA and I look forward to being able to help you with any of your queries.
Sponsorship – Jay Cluskey
James has been diving for many years now, he runs a club session in the City of Liverpool, and was the first Freediver from that area to represent his country in Nice, 2012. He is a ‘pool rat’, ‘depth junkie’ and ‘spearo’ all in one. His networking skills and knowledge of the industry make him well placed to help sponsors get the most from the growing sport of Freediving. He has secured many deals with manufacturers for National competitions and for the National squad at International events so if you have a service or product you want to promote, please contact him on the e-mail below and he can discuss some way of getting a mutually beneficial package together.
Training & Safety – Liv Philip
I first figured out it was fun to hold my breath whilst guiding with Whalesharks in Australia . We helped researchers by diving beneath the sharks to feedback information. I’d worked as a Scuba Instructor for a number of years, in freediving i found yet another excuse to throw myself in the big blue sea. Back home I thought i’d better learn something about what i was doing & completed an AIDA 2* course at SaltFree Divers and was hooked. I’m an Instructor, freediver and occasional competition organiser. Freediving gives me an excuse to play in the water, it keeps you fit, can promote teamwork and self esteem, and I think most of all for me, it introduced me to an incredible community of people. I am happy to represent all Freedivers in the UK in my Capacity in Training & Safety, so please feel free to contact me with your queries, however big or small.
Treasurer – Paul Sutton