On Sunday the 24th of August 2008, at the AIDA Freediving Team World Championships 2008 Pre-Competition in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, Dave King’s dive to 80 metres set a new British record in the Men’s Constant Weight discipline. This beats his previous record of 78 metres, set in November 2007. David has held previous British records in Static Apnea and Dynamic Apnea and is part of Freediving Team-GB, who are about to compete in the Team World Championships 2008.
On Saturday 23rd August 2008, at the AIDA 2008 World Team Freediving Championship Pre-Competition in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, Liv Philip completed a performance of 5 minutes 35 seconds, which beats her previous record of 5 minutes 32 seconds, set in July 2007. Liv is part of Freediving TeamGB, who are about to compete in the main World Team Championships and also holds the British records in Dynamic apnea and Dynamic Apnea Without Fins.
The Pre-Competition has given team athletes a chance to compete as individuals in a number of disciplines, and David is the second British athlete to set a national record there.
On Saturday 9th August 2008 at the Wellington Winter Freediving Championships in New Zealand, Philip Clayton completed a performance of 132 metres. The new record beats the previous one of 127 metres set by Alan Barber in February 2008. Philip, 40, originally from Lancashire, lives in New Zealand where he works as a Consulting Engineer. He has been competitively freediving for 2 years and this is his first UK record.
The British Freediving Team 2008 has been selected!
The Women’s team: Sara Campbell (Female Captain), Liv Philip, George Miller, Maria Teresa Solomans.
The Men’s team: Steve Millard (Male Captain), Tim Money, Dave King, Stuart Bond.
The British Freediving Team 2008 is sponsored by Suunto and Seven Tenths. Suunto have kindly donated a brand new D4 to every team member and Seven Tenths are supplying the team wear.
On Thursday 24th July 2008, at the New Malden Centre, London, Alan Barber completed a performance of 186 metres. The new record beats the previous one of 178 metres, set by Martin Macnaughton in 2007. Alan, 35, from Yately, Hampshire is a relative newcomer to the sport and has been freediving for less than 18 months. This is his second UK record, as he also holds Men’s Dynamic Apnea Without Fins, set earlier this year.
On Sunday 13th July 2008, at the SaltFree Double Dip competition in Chepstow, Mark Harris successfully retrieved his tag hanging 67m deep, setting a new UK record in the Men’s Free Immersion discipline. Not only is this 3m deeper than his previous record set in Egypt in December last year, but it was achieved in the dark and cold waters (similar to supercooled Guinness below -50m) of a quarry lake, during a competition in which many freedivers had to turn early due to the difficult conditions. Mark is a very dedicated member of the BFA Committee, runs a freediving club in Richmond and currently also holds the UK Variable Weight Freediving record.
On Saturday 28th June 2008, at the BFA Summer Outdoor Pool Competition, Liv Philip completed a performance of 122 metres, setting a new UK record in the Women’s Dynamic Apnea discipline. The new record beats the previous long-standing one of 119 metres set by Hannah Stacey in 2005. Liv is an AIDA freediving instructor from Camberwell who also holds the British Freediving records in Static Apnea and Dynamic Apnea Without Fins.
The BFA committee is pleased to announce the final date and venue for the British Pool Championships 2008. The event is to be held at Brockwell Lido (South London) on Saturday 28th June 2008. This will be the first time that the British Championships have been held outdoors in the UK. For more information and to register, please visit our competitions section.
The British Freediving Association is proud to announce a new UK record in the Men’s Dynamic discipline. On Saturday 23rd February 2008 at the 3rd German Indoor Championship in Static and Dynamic Apnea held in Berlin, Martin Macnaughton completed a performance of 178m. The new record beats the previous record of 156m, which had been the oldest of all British records, set by Dave King in 2004. The discipline of Dynamic Apnea involves the athlete travelling horizontally to cover the greatest distance on a single breath.
The record, on its own is a remarkable achievement. However three facts make this record outstanding. Macnaughton, who lives and trains in Copenhagen, has only been freediving since Autumn 2007, which makes him a relative novice. Secondly, Macnaughton’s dynamic dive is the highest result for anyone in their debut AIDA competition, an achievement that has escaped all the current top freedivers. Finally, Martin did this all whilst ill with a heavy cold.
Martin rounded off his debut with an impressive 5 minute 32 second static breath hold, securing him 4th place in the competition overall. BFA Committee member Ben Noble, who was one of four judges attending said “Martin’s performance was very strong, clean and clearly looked like he had more to give. A fantastic surprise for British freediving”.
The Berlin German Indoor Championship is part of the annual German Championship and is the 10th Berlin Master Cup. It attracts top athletes from throughout Europe to compete in Static and Dynamic.
In recent months British freediving has seen a resurgence, with national records for Dynamic and Dynamic No-Fins falling in the last month, and also the meteoric rise of triple world record holder and 2007 Constant Weight World Champion Sara Campbell.