A long-standing UK female dynamic with fins (DYN) freediving record has finally been broken. On Saturday, July 6, 2014 at the Life Leisure, Grand Central 50 meter Pool in Stockport Rebecca Coales succeeded in doing something that no one has been able to do for the past five years: swim far enough horizontally on a single breath (in the pool using a mono-fin) to take the national record past 175 meters to a new UK best record of 179meters! Looking extremely comfortable and controlled, Ms. Coales surfaced from her dive at the two minute and :36 second mark, demonstrating that the dive was not only well within her limits but that she perhaps has more to offer. (The previous female DYN record of 175m was set & held by Ruth Griffin since 2009.)
Rebecca Coales is a founding member of the Bristol Freedivers group where she trains with friends. A relative newcomer to the competition circuit, Rebecca only started exploring her freediving potential in the last 18 months — it all started with a no-fins clinic, and mono fin clinic with Steve Millard of the Apneists UK group, based in the North of the UK. Rebecca runs a Yoga website and offers yoga courses which seem to be the perfect cross training for freedivers.
Rebecca thanks everyone who came to support her at this record attempt, especially Aqua Sphere UK, the manufacturers of her dive suit of choice for longer pool dives. To set this new national record of 179m Rebecca wore an Aqua Sphere Aqua skin suit, which is ideally suited for this type of dynamic diving.
photo courtesy of Rebecca Coales