Posted by: Sergei | April 28, 2014

2014 Canadian Nationals/Coupe d’Apnee

Mark your calendar:

When: May 31 – Jun 1, 2014

Where: Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montréal, QC, Canada

What: 2014 Canadian Nationals (pool) Competition

… you are seasoned competitor or you never try competitive edge of freediving before? It does not really matter. Every time freedivers meet up in Montreal it is all about “FFF”

Freediving
Friends
FUN

For details of registration please follow link to CASM web site

http://casm.info/wp/competitions

For those of you who did not have a chance to be there last year, here is a link to the great insight from Jeff, who conquered Ontario records last year at the very same pool.

http://freedivetoronto.com/2013/06/01/coupe-dapnee-2013/

… and here is another motivational essay on the subject “why do I compete?” http://enjoyfreediving.com/2011/03/12/freediving-competition-expose/

Hope this will motivate many more newcomers!

Posted by: Sergei | February 27, 2014

FreeStyle 2014 Mini Comp

FreediveToronto now traditional FreeStyle mini competition is announced for March 24, 2014, so all freedive toronto members who haven’t tried or seen a competition will be able to compete under near real competition conditions. This will also allow people to get a taste for what will be hapening at the nationals competition which will take place later on this year and have a chance to test their current state of training.

Competition is registered AIDA event with performances counting towards your Provincial, National and International rankings.

ONLY 6 SPOTS are available !!!

More details

Pool view from Shallow

Posted by: Sergei | January 7, 2014

Message from William Winram

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Here is the link to the video of the 145m VWT WR which has Enjoy Freediving’s very own Soren Frederiksen doing safety and AIDA Canada Board member Natalie Doduc doing safety as well.
Big thank you to the both of them for finding the time to come out and support me for this record!  It really made a big difference seeing their smiling faces during the build up to the dive and also knowing I had the best possible safety in the water.
Cheers,
William

Posted by: Sergei | September 5, 2013

WIilliam Winram’s 145 meters Variable Weight World Record

William Winram, member  of FreediveToronto Club celebrates his Variable Weight World Record in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt

Soren Frederiksen, another member of our Club, solidified his reputation as one of the best safety divers by looking after Williams dive along with other members of Safety Team.

Well done, William! We hope to see you in Toronto soon to congratulate you in person!

WR145m

Photo Alice Cattaneo
 

Read Soren’s report from the dive site at: http://enjoyfreediving.com/

Canadian Freediving Nationals 2013 - Depth Competition

Canadian Freediving Nationals 2013 – Depth Competition

Posted by: Soren | June 1, 2013

Coupe d’Apnée – 2013

The 9th annual Montreal freediving competition is in the books and the cup has been returned to Toronto!

2013 Montreal Winners
A couple of months ago the pool looked incredible on paper at 50m long and a constant 3m deep. I had wanted to try swimming in a 50m pool for 2 years – so I couldn’t miss this event and had to go.  No excuses, or so I thought!

Montreal Outdoor Pool
As it turns out, the weather gods had other ideas and seeing as the pool is outdoors and at 8* rainy / windy weather on Sat and 12* rainy weather on Sunday, conditions were far from ideal.  We all have masks and wetsuits – how bad could it be??

Looking ahead to the forecast, I figured if nothing else, everyone would shiver before their official top (starting time), everyone would have awful performances and the adversity would pull us all together, make us stronger and we could laugh about it.

As it turns out, I managed my temperature well and achieved new Ontario Provincial records of 112m DNF on Sat and 169m DYN on Sunday.  This broke the previous ones I set set a month ago at Nationals of 105m DNF and 136m DYN.

I recorded a pathetic static event and got bored just lying there and surfaced at 2:31 (I can do longer CO2 tables or empty lung holds!) – but with only mild contractions – so I think I have to push this event next time!  I just keep telling ppl that I was saving myself for the dynamic events – yeah, that’s it! ;)

I completed all 3 events successfully, without penalties and earned “white cards”.

Jeff during 169 DYN

The point accumulation was enough for me to solidly secure the cup for Toronto.

Also from Toronto, Liuba safely secured the top spot for the women with 3 white card performances as well and Yaroslava received the silver medal.

Liuba also gets some credit for helping me secure the cup on behalf of Toronto – after my 169m swim and quick surface protocol, I patiently waited for the judge to show me the white card without moving a muscle – not even the respiratory ones! This was a problem as I forgot to breathe and if not for her shouting at me “BREATE JEFF, BREATHE!”, I just may have ended up with a red card DQ instead. :D.

Mental note: I must remember to practice hook-breaths in the pool!!

More people = more fun:
As it turns out, I was the only male from Toronto at the competition (although FT member William Winram flew in from
Roatan for Sunday’s DYN event – talk about climate shock!). We did get Yaroslava and Liuba out to represent the women, which is a much better ratio of participants than on the men’s side, but I know that we can both do better.

I really think that people might be missing out on some of the fun, friendly experience and camaraderie that a Freedive competition offers.

I started freediving just over 2 years ago and was interested in seeing where my limits were. It was then that the 7th annual Montreal competition was approaching and Yaroslava (at the time our only resident 100+m mermaid) published the article below which is an excellent read:

enjoyfreediving.com/2011/03/12/freediving-competition-expose/

I believe it 100% and went into my first competition with an open mind, aiming to deliver my own best performances possible under competition conditions.

I managed 63m with bi-fins and 54m without.  Both were personal bests and I was on my way with a decent competition baseline and more importantly, many new friends in the Toronto and Montreal Freedive community.  I even recall William Winram (who I had never met in person at the time and I believe was training in Egypt) sending me an email congratulating me on 3 white cards.

Personally, I have never swam more than 75m in training and then only about 4x and as single repetitions.  I use comps as motivation to train and to push myself to peak with maximum attempt performances.

The competition environment provides focus, as well as a safe environment for you to mentally gear up to be able to give it your all for a single swim.

My last 3 competitions in DYN have yielded new personal bests each time at 101m, 136m and now 169m.

I am learning a lot about myself and am striving to find the edge of my current performance abilities. I feel that I have a long way to go still and am enjoying the ride.

It may take you 2-3 comps to get familiar with procedures / flow / rules of competition before getting comfortable with them. The divers meeting to go over the rules can seem daunting the first couple of times.  Either myself or some of the other competition veterans would be glad to go over them in advance with anyone that is thinking of trying their first competition.

There is no room for ego in freediving. It is an individual journey of self-discovery and the goal should be individual progression and learning. Try not to compare yourself to others or think that you can not swim far enough to enter a competition.  Even if you have moderate / conservative performances but receive white cards for a clean performance, you might just find yourself on the top half of the overall points list at the end of the comp!

Expectations aside, I think people should try a competition with the aim of familiarizing themselves with the format and also trying to achieve clean “white card” performances.

I don’t think you will regret it and remember – even if you are disappointed with your in-pool performances, the awards celebration / after-party rarely disappoints. :D

See you at the next competition,
Jeff

 

William Winram, a Freedive Toronto member was in a great mood and very relaxed chatting to the safety team on the Catamaran before his dive.

After a few warm-up dives and some rest he left the surface for a historic 94 meter bi-fins dive. Looking relaxed and not too fast of the surface we saw him sinking into the deep blue.

After waiting for 2 and a half minutes I went down as the first safety to meet William. After 15 meters I could already see him coming up, which means that he was around 45 meters so I tried to swim down as fast as possible, he was early.

At 25 meters I met William who was looking strong and I was happy to see the tag sticking out of his hood.

Congratulation on an amazing dive and to a great diver.

William Winram after his 94 m bi-fins dive

William Winram after his dive

William, Natalie and Soren after the dive

William, Natalie and Soren after the dive

Posted by: Soren | May 24, 2013

Elisabeth Mattes – Another national record

Congratulation to FreediveToronto member Elisabeth Mattes who completed a solid CNF 35m with a white card yesterday to set another National Record for Austria.

Below Lisa can be seen warming up before her record breaking dive.

Great job

Posted by: Soren | April 20, 2013

Indoor Nationals 2013 kickoff

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Posted by: Soren | April 19, 2013

Nationals Start Tomorrow

The Canadian Freediving Indoor Nationals 2013 start tomorrow.

I would like to wish all 17 competitors the best of luck.

Read more here…

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