Dive Pacific 171 Oct- Nov 2019

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Challenging yourself

Kat Mager reports on the recent Freediving

New Zealand Pool Nationals 2019

The man floating face down in

the pool had been there almost

seven minutes. He was turning

an alarming shade of purple,

but let us know with a flick of a

finger he was ok. Shortly afterwards

he broke the surface, taking

some huge breaths of air, and was

awarded a white card for a clean

dive by the judges. Guy Brew had

just won the Statics event at the

Freediving New Zealand Pool

Nationals 2019 with a breath hold

of 7 minutes 30 seconds.

Great diversity

In addition to Kiwis and Aussies,

divers from many countries such

as Taiwan, Germany, Argentina,

the UK, Saudi Arabia and even

Mauritius participated at this

year’s event. And we were joined

by athletes of all performance

levels and physical disadvantages.

The age of competitors ranging

from 16 to 65 years - being young

or getting older was not about to

stop anyone.

…at its core, freediving is about the struggle each diver fights

within themselves… the better you understand yourself

and your body, the better your dives…

Said principal organiser Nick

Rhodes, “I am pleased to see a

small team from Whangarei Boys'

High School, part of the Northland

Freediving Club, competing in the

recreational grade. It's great to see

them getting involved in our sport

at a younger age in a safe, educated

way.”

The challenge within

At its core, freediving is about the

struggle each diver fights within

themselves. These competitions

are less about being better than the

Preparing for a long dive with his

monofin: Ali Khalifah from the

Auckland Freediving Club

34 freedivers from all over New

Zealand and overseas visitors

came to Auckland in September to

compete at the Nationals freediving

pool championships. Held

by Freediving New Zealand and

hosted by The Auckland Freediving

Club the competition took place

at the beautiful National Aquatic

Center AUT Millennium pools.

Athletes challenged themselves

over a long weekend of apnea in

three disciplines: Statics, Dynamics

with Fins in the 50m pool, and

Dynamics No Fins in the 25m pool.

Photo by Kat Mager

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