Guest Posts

Insights from around the world.

We at Freediving New Zealand are fortunate to have freedivers write their reflections and insights on competition for us. Below are entries from divers of all experiences and nationalities.

A Guide to a Freediver’s First Competition – Daron Joseph

Daron Joseph, a swim instructor and freediver from Newcastle, NSW, attended the Pan Pacific Championships as his first freediving competition. Daron has written up his reflections on his first competition, what he learnt, and what he plans to work on for future...

CWT Comp Day – Fran Rose

    It's 4:50am here. Official competition day I can feel the wind from my yoga mat beside the hotel pool. I think it's going to be rough out there today. If conditions get bad ie: the rescue boat/platform is being thrown around and filling with water the...

Insights from Cyprus Pt 1 – Fran Rose

Fran Rose, a long standing pillar of freediving in New Zealand and Australia: past competitor, coach, mentor, organiser and judge, went to the Depth World Championships in Cyprus as a JIL (judge in learning). After an unfortunate incident in a dive before the WC...

The finals wrap-up

The competition is now over; a successful one for me with a 7th place finish in dynamic without fins and 12th place with fins. My no fins dive went really quite well in the final, despite nerves. I set a new competition best performance of 175m, coming up pretty close...

With fins update and a retrospective

The heats are now all done. I managed a new personal best with a monofin of 211m, which was enough for a B final (places 8-16), meaning I've at least achieved my pre-competition goals of making the A & B finals, plus set two competition best performances. After a...

No fins complete

The first day of competition is complete and the results are final. The good news for me personally was a clean 169m dive (a competition record for me, by 4m) and a spot in the final. I went as far as my body would take me today - any more would probably have ended in...

The night before

Tomorrow at 9am the competitions starts with Dynamic with No Fins. I will be in the first heat - my preference, to minimise the time I have to stress myself out before diving. The pool is now blue again, though cold at 23 degrees, so everything is ready to go. I did a...

The Athletes Arrive

One of the best things about this sport is the community. World Championships are a time that I get reunited with people from all around the world that I almost never get to see. Breakfast this morning was a parade of reunions with people I consider good friends even...

Welcome to Serbia

Well, it's been a bit of a journey getting here. After some rest and relaxation in Italy, I arrived at Rome airport via the traditional Italian mentally unstable taxi driver, only to battle for about 40 minutes to get my luggage approved. Efficiency is something that...