Pool Nationals 2017

Pool Nationals 2017 2017-04-24T16:29:29+00:00

The Australian Freediving Association and the Brisbane Freedivers will host the Pool National Championships in Brisbane from Sat, 29 April to Mon, 1 May, 2017 at the Sleeman Sports Complex. This competition is conducted under the AIDA International rules and open to all AFA members regardless of their nationality. It is not a world record status competition.

Date: Saturday, 29 April to Monday, 1 May (3 days)
Day 1 – Static Apnea (in a 50m x 2m pool with platforms provided, water temp: 27C)
Day 2 – Dynamic No Fin (in a 25m x 2m pool,water temp: 27C)
Day 3 – Dynamic With Fin (in a 50m x 2m pool,water temp: 27C)

Venue: Sleeman Sports Complex – Brisbane Aquatic Centre
Brisbane Aquatic Centre has a FINA standard 50m indoor pool and is the main training venue for the Brisbane Freedivers.  Depth of the pool is 2m and the water temperature is 27C.

Eligibility: All current financial members of AFA who are 18 years of age or older (or 16 years or older with written parental consent)

You must be a member of AFA to be able to compete in this competition. Please note that you must be a full financial member of AFA if you are an Australian citizen (regardless of place of residence) or a current resident in Australia (regardless of nationality). If you are not an Australian citizen and do not live in Australia (e.g. visiting Australia for this competition), please contact the organiser (info@australianfreediving.org) to obtain a temporary Competition Membership.

Registration is closed now.

Registration fee: There is an early-bird discount available – get in quick!
On or before Sunday, 12 March: A$100
Monday, 13 March – Sunday, 2 April: A$120
Monday, 3 April – Sunday, 16 April: A$180

Registration fee includes participation in the competition (3 days), registration of results with the AIDA ranking database, and a competition merchandise item (TBD). Accommodation, transport, and food and drinks at the after party are not included in the registration fee.

Cancellation policy: If you decide to withdraw your registration, we will refund your registration fee according to the guidelines below.
50% – Cancellation on or before Sunday, 12 March
25% – Cancellation between Monday, 13 March and Tuesday, 25 April
No refund – Cancellation after Wednesday, 26 April (If you decide not to compete on the day of the competition, there will be no refund. )

Athlete in-list

Number Name Sex Nationality Club
1 Craig de Vos M AUS South Australia
2 Steve Whyte M AUS Brisbane
3 John Wright M NZL N/A
4 Lauren Cameo F AUS South Australia
5 Natasha Darke F AUS South Australia
6 Brenda Lilley F AUS Brisbane
7 Alan Maddick M AUS Unaffiliated
8 Damian Hector M AUS Melbourne
9 Alexey Vlaskin M AUS Sydney
10 Fred Maire M AUS Brisbane
11 Manuel Dos Santos M GER Unaffiliated
12 Lisa Maddick F AUS Unaffiliated
13 Lisa Borg F AUS South Australia
14 Michelle Ooi F SIN N/A
15 Roberto Spina M AUS Sydney
16 Andrew Kelly M AUS Unaffiliated
17 Amber Bourke F AUS Brisbane
18 Nicole Keating F AUS Brisbane
19 Luis Ramirez M VEN Brisbane
20 Leigh Woolley M AUS Brisbane
21 Pierre Crubille M FRA N/A
22 Jae Hee Lee F KOR Sydney
23 Lucja Nowowiejski F POL Sydney
24 Julia Wheeler F AUS Perth
25 Adam Sellars M AUS Unaffiliated
26 Jodie Murphy F AUS Brisbane
27 Jesus Montilla Tuarezca M VEN Unaffiliated
28 Jack Hatfield M AUS Sydney
29 Elton Thie M IRL Sydney
30 Benoit Dupe M FRA N/A
31 Jesang Kim M KOR Brisbane
32 Anh Tu F AUS South Australia
33 Davin Smith M AUS Unaffiliated
34 Daron Joseph M AUS Sydney
35 Alastair Cooke M AUS Unaffiliated
36 Tim Magoffin M AUS Brisbane
37 Simon Chisholm M AUS Sydney
38 David Murray M AUS Unaffiliated
39 Emily Shaw F AUS Brisbane
40 Michael Bates M AUS Brisbane
41 Mark Williams M AUS Unaffiliated
42 Maria Kleshnina F RUS South Australia
43 Zongshuo Wei M CHN Sydney
44 Ant Williams M NZL N/A
45 Ant Judge M AUS Sydney

Medical form: All athletes must present a medical certificate of “non contraindication to freediving” at the on-site registration on Day 1. Medical certificate must be signed by a medical doctor and must not be more than one year old. If you are using the AIDA Medical Form, it must be signed by a doctor and must have the doctor’s stamp.

AIDA Medical Form (new version) can be downloaded from AIDA International’s website.

Old version of the AIDA Medical form is also accepted and can be downloaded from here.

Time Schedule:

Day 1 (Sat, 29 Apr)

7:30am Registration open
8:30am Athletes briefing
10:00am First OT – StaticApnea
1:30pm Last OT – StaticApnea
3:00pm Announcement for Day 2 close

Day 2 (Sun, 30 Apr)

9:00am First OT – Dynamic No Fin
1:00pm Last OT – Dynamic No Fin
3:00pm Announcement for Day 3 close

Day 3 (Mon, 1 May)

9:00am First OT – Dynamic With Fin
1:00pm Last OT – Dynamic With Fin
2:30pm Prize ceremony
5:00pm After party (@Carindale Hotel)



Overall Winners: Overall male and female winners will each receive a $250 in-store voucher with Sydney Dive Safari! Sydney Dive Safari has one of the largest retail showrooms in Sydney and stock a broad range of quality brands across scuba diving, snorkelling, freediving, spearfishing and stand up paddle boards. In addition to the full range of scuba courses, we also offer snorkelling, freediving and workplace first aid courses from entry level through to instructor.




Overall Runner-ups: Thanks to Apnea Australia, Australia’s leading freediving school with 16 instructors in all major cities and offering courses at all levels, the male and female overall runner-ups will receive a high-quality picture (unframed) of their swim in this competition. Pictures will be taken by the founder of Apnea Australia and a talented underwater photographer, Erez Beatus – this is truly a unique and memorable prize! 






Australian Champions: Thanks to Mares and SSI a male and a female Australian athletes with most points across three disciplines will each receive a Smart Apnea Computer (RRP $499). The Smart Apnea represents the evolution of the Nemo Apneist, becoming the benchmark dive computer for the most demanding spearfishermen and freedivers. Managing and accessing all functionality is now a breeze, thanks to new improved
software and two control buttons. Instant depth information, dive time, water temperature, descent and ascent speeds, can all be viewed on the display during every dive.






Best Newcomer Prize: Thanks to Encounter Freediving, a Brisbane-based company that offers freediving equipment sales throughout Australia and New Zealand, freediving courses and training, and freediving trips, the Best Newcomer of the competition will bring home a $50 voucher. This prize will be given to the athlete who is competing in AIDA competition for the first time and collect the most points across three disciplines.




All-White-Card Lucky Dip: Getting all white cards in three disciplines is the aim of the game to have a successful and safe competition. Thanks to Mares and SSI all athletes who achieve three white cards will enter a draw to win a Viper freediving mask. Viper mask is developed in partnership with the best athletes in the world and dedicated to the most demanding freedivers and spearfishermen.




Support Crew Lucky Dip: Safety divers, medics, camera man, and other volunteers are a key part of any freediving competition. Thanks to Mares and SSI we are able to show some appreciation to these unsung heroes. Two lucky support crew members will win Viper freediving masks in a lucky dip. Viper mask is developed in partnership with the best athletes in the world and dedicated to the most demanding freedivers and spearfishermen.



More prizes to be announced soon!


Training Workshop: There will be a special training workshop by Mateusz Malina, 5 times world record holder in DYN and DNF following the Pool Nationals in Brisbane, Adelaide, and Sydney. It is organised seperately from the Pool Nationals, so please contact the workshop organiser (contact details below) to register.

5x WORLD RECORD holder, MATEUSZ MALINA will be coming to Brisbane, Adelaide and Sydney in May. This is one of those ‘once-in-life-time’ opportunities to learn from, literally the worlds best !! 300m DYN!! – 244m DNF !! – 8.29 STA !!! – 100m CWT !!! – 83m CNF !!! The course will involve 12 hours of theory and 3 – 4 hours of pool time. We’ll need a minimum of 10 people to make it happen (max 14). Mat will provide a unique perspective as he’s an ameteur like most of us and has to balance work and training.

Course dates are as follows:

Brisbane  2-3 May

Adelaide  6-7 May

Sydney  13-14 May

Places are filling fast, please contact Leigh Woolley (lewo@me.com) for further information.