British Freediver Rebecca Coales Breaks National Dynamic Apnea Record

Photo by Frogfish Photography

British freediver Rebecca Coales this past weekend broke her fifth national dynamic apnea record, swimming 186 meters with a monofin at a competition in Manchester, England.

Coales extended her previous record by seven meters during her three-minute swim at Grand Central pool operated by Life Leisure and was monitored by AIDA judges.

Coales, trained by Steve Millard of the freedivers.co.uk group, said:

“As always Steve’s competition ran very smoothly and I had nothing to worry about apart from my dive. Safety, judging and organisation was very slick. I had a warm-up dive in Berlin two weeks before this one and that gave me more confidence in extending my personal best. It was also a chance to try my new Aqua Lung Freedive suit, which has performed well in both competitions, and looks really stylish.”

Aquasphere UK provided Coales with a suit, goggles and training aids.

Coales said she is looking forward to competing at the AIDA pool World Championships in Belgrade next year.

This past weekend’s competition featured three disciplines: Dynamic apnea with fins (DYN), Dynamic no fins (DNF) and Static apnea (STA). Following Coales in overall second place in the women’s group was Beci Ryan with a 163-meter DYN swim, and Scottish number one no-fins diver Katey McPherson came in third overall with a 107-meter DNF swim.

For the men, Adam Drzazga won overall with a 136-meter dynamic swim; Lorenzo Baldecchi claimed second place with a a 05:07 static breath-hold and Hungarian freediving champion Mike Benke claimed third. Irishman Eoin Clarke broke a national DNF record with a 104-meter swim.

Photo by Frogfish Photography
Photo by Frogfish Photography
Photo by Frogfish Photography
Photo by Frogfish Photography

John Liang

John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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