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USAA US National Freediving Championships Announced

usaa_logo The United States Apnea Association (USAA) is pleased to announce that it will be hosting its first U.S. National Freediving Competition from July 10 through July 12, 2004 near Los Angeles, California. This competition will consist of three exciting events; Dynamic Apnea, Static Apnea, and Constant Ballast. The Constant Ballast event will be held off the coast of scenic Catalina Island.

Previously, USAA announced its intention to field both men’s and women’s teams for the AIDA 2004 World Freediving Championships, which will be held in Vancouver, Canada during August 2004. Competitors who want to try out for these teams are strongly encouraged to participate in the U.S. National Freediving Competition. Additional information on team selection criteria is available through USAA.

The U.S. National Freediving Competition has no minimum performance requirements and is open to anyone wishing to compete. Competitions are an excellent way to learn more about freediving, show support for USAA and fellow freedivers, and to witness performances by some of the country’s top freedivers. USAA is also seeking volunteers to assist in the logistics and safety operations of this competition. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact USAA.

All competitors must be members of USAA and are required to have either DAN membership with Master Insurance or above, or PADI Gold or Platinum insurance. Additional forms, such as medical and liability releases, will also be required. This competition will be subject to all AIDA rules and regulations.

The USAA is a nonprofit association founded on the democratic representation of freediving within the United States and internationally. Founded in 2003, the USAA consists of an active membership dedicated to furthering freediving in the United States and abroad. For more information about the USAA, the U.S. National Freediving Competition, and membership please visit

The International Association for the Development of Freediving, AIDA, is the international sanctioning body for freediving, individual and team competition, and freediving world record attempts. For more information about AIDA please visit

For additional information regarding the 2004 AIDA World Freediving Championships please visit

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