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Freediving in Yorkshire!

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

As Freediving grows steadily in the North of England, Apneists UK ( ) has had groups running all over the North West, starting in Manchester and Liverpool, and in Yorkshire for well over a decade. In Yorkshire, Sheffield and Huddersfield currently have clubs, as does Leeds on less regular frequency. In order to facilitate the ability of Freedivers to regularly train and increase the number of sessions we are going to promote the sport in the area with its first AIDA Freediving competition, and we have picked our club in Huddersfield to host the event.

A number of athletes from around the UK will compete in one of three disciplines. Dynamic Apnea, swimming horizontally as far as one can. Dynamic no fins, swimming as far horizontally as one can with… (yes you guessed it). And Static Apnea, lying stationary holding your breath for as long as you can. The highest point score wins, so you can pick your favourite event to try and win it. It is like the mini version of the International we have run every year now for five years, which is attempting all three disciplines and total point score decides the winner.

Some details here of location and timing

The competition holds something for the whole club, and for those travelling. Some athletes are in almost full time training trying to get National records and win the event, some athletes are there to get one step closer to that goal and simply be the best they can be, and some are there for their first taste of competition to see if they like it. In any case its a good reason to get fit and healthy both physically and mentally. Freediving is an extremely personal sport, you do your own dive on the day, but at the same time you never dive alone without someone properly looking after your safety. I think this, in part, is one of the reasons for the strong community spirit within the sport and, despite it being a competition, all athletes encourage the best out of their peers.

An event on the horizon is a good reason to train, an extra impetus to improve yourself and diving in some way. You don’t need to start the sport looking like an Olympian, but if you want a sport that will improve your health and fitness this certainly is a good one to take up. Improvements come over time with regular diving.

This competition will also be a good opportunity to make sure every wrinkle is ironed out of the background organisation for the International competition we have on the 22nd/23rd March 2014. We have some camera testing to do to make it really special. Here is the intro video from last years. . A good opportunity to make the next competition better than the last, we always try and improve. Just before the International will have an opportunity for those wishing to judge in the future to do the AIDA International judges course with an experienced Judge trainer.
Please feel free to come along and see the event. And if you are a Freediver, enter or help out if you want.

Steve Millard


Apneists UK

Head Coach

AIDA Instructor Trainer

AIDA Education Committee


بطل مصرى جديد فى رياضة الغوص الحر

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

بطل مصرى جديد يلمع فى عالم الغوص الحر. محمد المكاوى أول مدرب غوص حر مصرى من منظمة إس إس أى SSI . إستطاع بفضل الله أن يحقق أرقام مصرية قياسية جديدة فى بطولة AIDA Cyprus pool games و التى أقيمت بقبرص بالعاصمة نيكوسيا يوم الأحد الموافق 21 / 4 / 2013. الأرقام كانت فى إثنين من فئات الغوص الحر فى حمام السباحة و اصبح حامل الرقم المصرى الحالى فى فئة حبس النفس الساكن فى المكان Static Apnea بوقت 5:54 دقيقة و فئة السباحة الديناميكية تحت الماء بدون زعانفDynamic without fins بمسافة50 متر.


محمد المكاوى هو الحاصل أول ميدالية دهبية فى هذة البطولة لتحقيق أعلى رقم Static Apnea.


و بذلك يصبح نجما مصريا جديدا فى سماء الغوص الحر و نتمنى له كل التوفيق و المذيد من النجاحات و الإنجازات.


الجدير بالذكر أنة إفتتح مؤخرا أول مركز غوص حر من منظمة SSI فى قبرص فى مدينة لارناكا حيث يقيم ، و لكنه أيضا يخطط للمجىء لمصر لتدريب من يرغب من المصريين على الغوص الحر و بناء فريق مصرى قوى يستطيع المنافسة فى بطولات الغوص الحر.


للمذيد من المعلومات عن محمد المكاوى إضغط على الرابط التالى







AIDA Team World Championships Final Results

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Mens Results

Gold Croatia – photo from Vedrana Vidovic

Silver France – Photo from Ryuzo Shinomiya

Bronze Czech Republic – Photo from Ryuzo Shinomiya

Well done eveyone!


Womens Results

Gold Japan – Photo from Ryuzo Shinomiya

Silver France – Photo from Ryuzo Shinomiya

Bronze Serbia – Photo from Ryuzo Shinomiya

Well done everyone!

AIDA TEAM World Championships 2012 – Results from 14th September 2012

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Due to the official website going a bit screwy have uploaded the retults in an easy to read format.

Clicking through to see the individual results here:


AIDA Team World Championship Dynamic Start List 15th September 2012

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Dynamic Start list for today

For some reason the official site has gone a bit screwy so here is the start list in Excel.

AIDA Team World Championships 2012 – Start Lists

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

AIDA Team World Championships – Womens Results

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Womens Results Day One Deepest woman so far – Ashley Futral Chapman 75m CWT – from United States

Results from Day Two

New deepest woman Aurore Asso from France with a succesful dive to 76 metres!

Day Three shows the womens results: Japan in the lead with 205 points.

AIDA Team World Championships – Mens Results

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Mens Results
Deepest man so far – Michal Rišian 102m CWT from Czech Republic

We are waiting for day two results to be published but it is reported that Guillaume Nery made his depth of 114m in Constant Weight this morning! Well done Guillaume :-)

Results after day two!

Day Three Weather getting rocky has meant some atheletes didn’t dive so start list tomorrow will change.

Results so far for Men – Croatia in the lead and the UK in 4th Spot!

AIDA World Team Championship 2012

Monday, September 10th, 2012

This years Team Championship is taking place in Nice, France.  This is a wonderful venue to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of AIDA International.

With over 35 countries taking part it is going to be a truly international event!

Kimmo Lahtinen’s editorial

The competition started today and already great results have been achieved!

Good luck to all the athletes!  Dive Safe x


Thursday, May 19th, 2011

I was lucky enough to be judging at this fantastic competition, the organiser Steve Millard wrote the following article:

This was the second year of the Great Northern pool competition in the UK. It was extended to two days this year to accommodate a DNF (no-fins) competition this year. It increased considerably in size due to the popularity of last years event. Only a handful of the UK’s top divers were unable to attend in some capacity, all the big hitters and some tremendous new talent were there.

On Saturday the 12th March I was proud to see John Moorcroft top the bill with a tremendous 130m DNF swim. He has a UK record in him for sure still after over a decade on the circuit. He did it for charity too so please follow this link There were also good white card performances for second and third places from Dave King (last years overall winner) and Chris Laycock (last years best newbie.) 


The ladies were led by a new UK National DNF record for Liv Philip using all her experience to pull out a white card, she has only had white cards in my competitions so i am thrilled for her achievement. Kattie Lussier and Meike Holzmann were DNF twins both finishing at the same point, well done.

On Sunday the 13th March which was UK Nationals day, the day almost all belonged to the mighty Dave King with a massive 226m Dynamic swim. Top dive mate, my respect!  I didn’t quite get to get over and see him surface as his top was at the same time as the mermaid of the pool Mandy Buckley. She has fought back this year from a very serious illness and she got in and equalled her personal best from last year and I needed to be there to see it and give her support. Apneists UK’s Mandy Buckley was fortunate enough to collect a new Orca Breath wetsuit from Orca, our generous sponsor. She is going to do a swim for charity in June and you can read more about her and sponsor a good charity here , a truly amazing story!


In the main event Apneists UK’s Chris Crawshaw decided to go for solid white cards and did a great and very easy 150m swim and a 5’30 static for a very respectable 2nd place in the UK Nationals in his first competition, followed behind closely by Tim Money in third place. Liv Philip won the title for the second year in a row, George Miller again cemented her place as one of the all time best female UK divers with a respectable 2nd place. Kattie Lussier skidded into third place overall with two exciting dives and Apneists UK’s very own Nikki Bream took the 3rd place in the UK Nationals. Her shocked look when she heard at the prize giving, and her joy when she realised she was on the podium was one of my favourite moments.


The event ran smoothly, because of the hard work of many. I need to say a massive thanks to all the helpers. I counted over 40 individuals helping over the two days, and they were all essential. Even one of the jobs not being done would have made it extremely difficult if not impossible to run safely and without hiccups. I want to point out at this time they were all volunteers, using their different skills and expertise to help the athletes and I appreciate their help! I have had three days to reflect and it makes me prouder every day to see how our group has come together for this.  People were travelling from as far as London, Scotland, Yorkshire, Bristol and Wales. Oh, and the RED SEA!! Thank you!


George Miller, current UK static record holder said "This year went really well! The event was at the Liverpool aquatics centre, a state of the art facility. I must say my jaw hit the ground when a staff member of the centre asked one of the organisers how deep he wanted the pool for the static competition! I didn’t know that pools could do that! In all seriousness, I’m sure I’m not the only one who felt privileged to be able to compete at such a top class facility.  

The seamless organisation and brilliant atmosphere saw many freedivers, both seasoned and beginner, from several different clubs across the country come together to make a really brilliant day. I think it was reflected in the results. We saw a fantastic national record from Liv Philip with dynamic no fins of 111m and a massive dynamic from Dave King of 226m. The most inspiring swim of the day was Mandy Buckley, who managed a formidable 150m swim. 

I would like to thank the organisers, Steve Millard and his crew from , the Liverpool aquatics centre for having us and all those who took part. I’m hoping that next years event will see some international faces.


Here is a selection of short videos including the two National records:


Thank you to the world class pool, the relaxed & super helpful staff and our generous sponsors:

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