The BFA Committee 2019
Chair and AIDA Liaison – 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.
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Membership – Liz Coulson
I only started freediving in 2018 when I moved down to Dorset and spent a lot of my time in the water marvelling at the Jurassic Coastline! I pretty quickly decided to do my AIDA 2* to learn the proper techniques and improve my breathhold. I’ve since massively got the bug and can often be found in the sea somewhere or training in a pool for the next competition! I love the sport and the community involved in it so am excited to encourage more people to join through being the membership officer. Get in touch – I’d love to hear from you
Press Officer – Steve Millard
Steve Millard is a lifetime water sports and diving enthusiast. Steve has worked in SCUBA diving education since qualifying as a BSAC Instructor in 1993. He has instructed at clubs and managed a PADI / BSAC / SSI / AIDA SCUBA and Freediving school for over 10 years before setting up his own business to go full time in the Freediving industry. He has qualified as a multi-agency Instructor as each agency has positives to offer, an overall understanding and experience of the Instructor are more important than the certification issued at the time. He has competed Internationally in the 2006 AIDA world championships for the UK team, captained the UK team in 2008 and went on to successfully organise the UK National pool championships from 2010 to 2017 and the UK depth championships in 2012. He is still involved in coaching athletes although more of his time is now spent teaching recreational Freediving. He has written many articles for online and print press outlets including Deeperblue, Scubaverse and Scuba Diver magazine and is currently the BFA Press officer. Marketing the sport is all part of the process of growing Freediving for the benefit of everyone rather than leeching off those who do.
Secretary and Records – Alex Atkins
Living in Cornwall my whole life i have always been in the sea, whether it was surfing, swimming or scuba diving. In 2017 i became a qualified freediver and was instantly hooked into the competitive side of the sport. In my short freediving career i have dove in Dahab, Cyprus, Chepstow and back at our club Aquacity Freediving in Cornwall.
I decided to become the Secretary to the BFA as i wanted to directly help and watch the sport grow within the UK. Hope to see you in the water soon!
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