Depth Nationals 2017

Depth Nationals 2017 2017-09-19T15:45:02+00:00


Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia. 2-5 October, 2017.

The Australian Freediving Association is very happy to announce that the depth national championship will once again return to Tulamben, Bali. We are very pleased to once again be partnering with Apnea Bali.

There will be three days of competition (2-4 October) with the 5th of October being held in reserve in case of poor conditions. Athletes will be required to attend a pre-competition briefing on the afternoon of the 1st of October.

Athlete in-list

See below for details on how to register.

Number Name Sex Nationality Club
1 Jack Hatfield M AUS Sydney
2 Michael Cheesman M AUS Unaffiliated
3 Johan Karlsson M SWE N/A
4 Viktor Reshetniak M UKR N/A
5 Alejandro Lemus M MEX N/A
6 Surya Lecona Moctezuma F MEX N/A
7 Tom Vanzieleghem M BEL N/A
8 Kate Middleton F NZL N/A
9 Michael Board M GBR N/A
10 Joan Capdevila M ESP N/A
11 Trista Fontana F AUS Perth
12 Julia Wheeler F AUS Sydney


Our friends at Sydney Dive Safari are once again donating a $250 voucher to each of the Aussie male and female National Champions!

Thanks to Dive Munda and and the Agnes Gateway Hotel, one lucky competitor will get a 7-night accommodation and meal package for 2, and a 6-day freediving package (or scuba dive package or combination) with Dive Munda (includes 2 sites per day, boat, guide for surface support) for 2!

The overall male and female winners of the 2017 Australian freediving depth nationals will each receive a Mares Smart Apnea Dive Computer courtesy of Mares and SSI Australia. Remember registration is open to all and places are limited, so get in quick!

Competition format

The competition will be an AFA sanctioned competition, registered with AIDA International, and run under AIDA rules. There will be three competition days. Overall standings will be determined by adding points from each discipline (points will be allocated as per the AIDA rules, which is 1 point per metre of depth, less any penalties). The Australian women’s and men’s champions will be the Australian female and Australian male athletes, respectively, with the most number of points.

Athletes may choose to do any depth discipline on any day, and therefore may choose to do one discipline more than once, however, only the best result in a given discipline will count towards the athlete’s overall points tally.

Registration, fees, and withdrawal policy

The number of athletes is limited to 20. Registration for Australian AFA members is now open! Registration for non-Australian AFA members opens on 8 July. Registration for non-AFA members opens on 15 July (note, Australian athletes, and Australian residents must be members of the AFA; non-AFA members must pay a $20 competition membership fee). The competition fee is AU$460. Full payment is required to confirm your place in the competition. Withdrawal before the competition will result in forfeiture of 90% of the competition fee.

Registration for all athletes is now open. Please fill out this form to register (note that payment is via Paypal). Registration closes on 25th of September, or when all spaces are filled.

Competition fees include:

  • Entry to the 2017 Australian Depth National Championship,
  • Transport to/from the diving platform,
  • On-site first aid personnel,
  • AIDA fees and entry into the AIDA ranking system, and
  • Competition dinner and award ceremony on 4 October (or 5 October, if there are delays due to conditions).

Competition fees do not include:

  • Accommodation,
  • Transport to/from Tulamben,
  • Medical and evacuation insurance or expenses,
  • Meals, and
  • Pre-competition training.

The competition is open to athletes who are 18 years and older. Athletes who are 16 or 17 years old may compete with parental consent (please contact the AFA before registering). Athletes under 16 may not compete.

Limitation on announcements

The AFA will be following the AIDA guidelines for the limitation of announcements (see rule 4.6.1 of the AIDA competition rules). At the athlete briefing on the 1st of October, athletes will be required to certify their maximum depth in competition or training for each discipline in the prior three months. Athletes will be limited to announcements that are within 10m of these depths. In the instance that an athlete has not done a performance in a discipline in the preceding three months, the announcement will be limited to 50% of the athlete’s maximum performance in the AIDA ranking database.

Competition requirements

At the athlete briefing on the 1st of October, athletes will be required to present the following paperwork:

  • A signed “medical certificate of non contraindication to freediving” written in English (see rule 3.1.8). The certificate must be signed and dated by a medical doctor. It may not be older than one year, and an athlete may not sign their own certificate. Furthermore, the contact details of the doctor must be present on the form. The standard AIDA medical form may be downloaded here. The old AIDA medical form may be downloaded here.
  • Passport (or national identity card) of the nationality the athlete is competing as.
  • Each athlete will be required to certify their maximum depth in each discipline that they have done in training or competition in the preceding three months (see above section on limitation of announcements).

Athletes must bring their lanyards to the pre-competition briefing on the 1st of October for inspection and testing by the judges. Athletes must use an AIDA compliant lanyard in all competition dives (including warm up dives) and pre-competition training.

Athletes must obtain their own medical and evacuation insurance.

Pre-competition training

Apnea Bali will be offering opportunities for pre-competition training and coaching to all athletes. All arrangements for pre-competition training should be made directly with Apnea Bali.

Official competition hotel

The Puri Madha is the official competition hotel. It is a waterfront hotel, and will be the daily check-in location, where boats to the competition platform and warm up lines will depart. It is also right next to one of Bali’s most popular dive sites, the USAT Liberty Shipwreck. To book accommodation at Puri Madha, please contact Apnea Bali.

Transport from Denpasar airport to Puri Madha can also be arranged through Apnea Bali. Please contact them directly.


Please contact the AFA about sponsorship opportunities.