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Freediving in Yorkshire!

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

As Freediving grows steadily in the North of England, Apneists UK ( www.learn2freedive.com ) 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 http://www.freedivingcompetition.com/huddersfield-2013.html

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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcgHwawzYE0 . 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.

http://www.freedivingcompetition.com/2014-competition.html
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

+44(0)7940998915

Apneists UK

Head Coach

AIDA Instructor Trainer

AIDA Education Committee

AIDA UK Chair

www.freedivers.co.uk

www.learn2freedive.com

www.freedivingcompetition.com

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

 

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

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

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

Clicking through to see the individual results here: http://apnea.cz/ranking.html?eid%3A1402

Thanks APNEA.cz!

AIDA Team World Championship Dynamic Start List 15th September 2012

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Dynamic Start list for today

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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

http://aida-worldchampionship.com/en/competition/startinglist/224-depart-cwt-day-1

Day Two

http://aida-worldchampionship.com/en/competition/startinglist/221-depart-cwt-day-2

Day Three

http://aida-worldchampionship.com/en/competition/startinglist/230-depart3

AIDA Team World Championships – Mens Results

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Mens Results
Deepest man so far – Michal Rišian 102m CWT from Czech Republic
http://aida-worldchampionship.com/en/competition/startinglist/223-men-result

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!

http://aida-worldchampionship.com/en/competition/startinglist/223-men-result

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!

http://aida-worldchampionship.com/en/competition/startinglist/223-men-result

THE GREAT NORTHERN POOL COMPETITION

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 http://www.justgiving.com/John-Moorcroft/. 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.) 

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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!

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=mandybuckley



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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.

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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!

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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 www.freedivers.co.uk , 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.
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Here is a selection of short videos including the two National records:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSNSIGxtQwA

http://www.youtube.com/user/seanpetersfoto#p/a/u/1/zS9rmfVYXOs

http://www.youtube.com/user/seanpetersfoto#p/a/u/2/Ue7jbbJ3snw

 

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

Lifestyles Leisure

Sean Peters www.sppv.co.uk

George Stoyle www.earthinfocus.com

www.orca.com

Urban Gastropubs

Electrical lighting superstore

No-Tanx

Salt Free divers



www.freedivers.co.uk/team/stevemillard.asp 

 

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF GEORGE STOYLE OF EARTHINFOCUS.COM

 

The Great Northern: UK National (with guests) Pool Competition 2011

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Apneists UK are delighted to be able to announce that once again we will be holding the BFA UK National Pool Freediving Competition with International status. It will be held at the Liverpool Aquatics Centre, Wavertree on Sunday 13th March 2011. The event will once again be called ‘The Great Northern’ because we can’t be bothered thinking of anything better and we liked that name anyway. We will be hosting the Static (STA) and Dynamic with Fins (DYN) disciplines.

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 Everybody is welcome!

The spaces are for seasoned athletes and also those new to the sport. I will ensure all the information you require if you are a ‘newbie’ is given to you and we will make sure you are welcomed and look after you. Everyone starts somewhere! There are around 27 spaces (this can be increased) to compete and you will receive an AIDA World ranking. Last year we saw many personal bests set and a NR at the venue because of the excellent facilities, relaxed atmosphere and ….. I suppose the athletes themselves J The ‘with guests’ tag means that although it is the UK National competition that even if you are not a UK citizen you can compete, and in fact we would encourage it, Liverpool is next to a major city, and itself has an airport / trains for easy access. You could be amongst the next generation of successful Freedivers, or maybe you already are! What are you waiting for?

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We are also welcome those wanting to help. Some jobs are essential, the whole competition is set up to support the competing athletes so if you want to help let me know, we need at least 15-20 people to make it run smoothly.

 Contact Steve Millard: Apneaboy111@hotmail.com

The Liverpool Aquatics Centre was the perfect venue last year for a Great competition. At the heart of the state-of-the-art facility is an Olympic sized pool with moveable floor, which is used as a training camp by some of the world’s best swimmers in the run up to the 2012 Olympic Games. Aside from the main pool (which can be divided into two if required) there is also an additional 20 metre training pool.

For the Great Northern 2011 event the 20 metre training pool will be used in the morning to host the STA event and the 50m Olympic pool to hold the DYN event.

The Great Northern will provide the ideal opportunity for athletes in the UK and from the continent to gain AIDA ranking to be counted for their National Team selection. Focusing on STA and DYN. It’s also the perfect place to meet other Freedivers and meet some of the personalities in the sport. Please go tohttp://www.freedivers.co.uk/resources/greatnorthern.asp for pictures, testimonials and any other information from last years competition. I will update this soon.

Convinced? Please go here http://www.freedivers.co.uk/resources/greatnorthern2011.asp for your enrolment form.

Still not convinced? Turn up anyway, there is a free viewing gallery and after you have seen what its all about we will probably see you competing at next years event J

Steve Millard

www.freedivers.co.uk

apneaboy111@hotmail.com

 

Elios sponsor UK Freedive Team

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Sam's StaticSue and Sam

Elios sponsored the UK freedive team by providing Yamamoto 3mm freediving suits to each team member.  The suits fitted so well it was like wearing nothing, we had to keep stroking ourselves to make sure we really had the suit on!  Fantastic suits and fantastic dives.  Thank you so much Elios!

 

Elios (www.eliossub.com)
Elios is THE freediving wetsuit manufacturer, producing tailor-made freediving suits in the highest quality materials.

 

World Championship Final Results CNF

Saturday, December 5th, 2009
Wow what a result!  2 new World Records

http://www.verticalblue.net/events/img/CNFRESULTS.jpg