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SaltFree Divers Presents The Mermaid Challenge

Are you the next Tanya Streeter? A waterbaby who would like to grow up? Or maybe a manatee who would rather be a mermaid?  SaltFree Divers is looking for a female total beginner with the potential to become a top freediver and offering a scholarship to take you right through your training.  Starting with the AIDA Freediver Courses up to *** Freediver and following on with plenty of performance coaching, the aim is to send you well prepared into the 2006 UK Team Trials.

Right now you might just be a happy snorkeler, a good swimmer, maybe a scuba diver but maybe not.  If you are comfortable in the water, in good health and have the drive and ambition to put some heart and soul into getting deeper, longer, more stylish in the water — SaltFree would love to hear from you. As we are looking for undiscovered talent, this offer is not open to anyone who has already taken part in competitive freediving.  You will need to be at least 18 years old and have a UK passport.

Initially, if you are interested please email Samantha Kirby, the founder of SaltFree Divers at for an application form. Applications close on the 15th August 2005 and selection evenings will be held in pools in Bristol and London shortly after that.  The lucky winner will then be offered free training with SaltFree Divers based in Bristol and at the National Diving and Activity Centre in Chepstow through to next year’s UK Team Trials in May.

Cliff Etzel
Cliff Etzel
Cliff is the former Freediving editor of He is now a freelance journalist and film-maker.