New Zealand Freediving Depth Nationals 2018

Lake Taupo, New Zealand. 15-17 March 2018

Freediving NZ Depth Nationals will be held off Motutere, Taupo from Thursday 15 March 2018 – Saturday 18 March 2018.

The competition will comprise three sessions over three days. For each session, competitors can nominate any of the three AIDA depth competition disciplines. Disciplines can be repeated, although final ranking will only take into consideration the best result in each discipline. As this is our national championship, competitors are encouraged to take part in all disciplines and challenge for the final ranking.

There will be a recreation grade available for those new to competitive freediving. Divers in the recreation grade will compete in the same disciplines, but with relaxed rules and against other recreation grade divers. These dives will not be eligible for international ranking, but will appear on the Freediving New Zealand Recreational Grade Ranking on the Freediving New Zealand website.

The competition is AIDA ranked, but it does NOT have world record status.


Location: Lake Taupo (Motutere, Lake District)

Lake Taupo is a 186m deep caldera, situated 350m above sea level in the middle of the North Island of New Zealand. It has reasonably clear fresh water, generally with around 15m of visibility. The surface temperature will be around 19 degrees, but there are a number of thermoclines as you get deeper. The shallowest is usually between 12 and 20 metres deep and tends to be a 2-4 degree drop in temperature. The second tends to sit around 30-40m and is usually more noticeable, dropping the water to ten degrees or less. If you find a deeper thermocline, chances are you’re having a pretty good day already.

For depths of 90m or less, we will anchor the competition boat in the lee of Motutaiko Island, where we will be sheltered from all but the worst weather. For depths greater than 90m (120m competition depth limit, weather dependent), we will have to venture further afield from shelter, making these depths weather dependent.

The competition platform will include a counterbalance setup and sonar to keep track of divers when they are below. There will be at