Western Canadian Regional Competition Held

"On March 23 and 24, the Canadian Association of Freediving and Apnea (CAFA / AIDA Canada) held a Western Canadian Regional competition with static apnea, dynamic apnea and constant ballast as the disciplines.CAFA / AIDA Rules and Regulations governing individual competitions were used while the competition was judged by Kirk Krack (AIDA judge A) and Ken McCullum (CAFA Regional Judge).

This competition saw seven out of ten competitors new to the sport while four non-Canadian competitors from the UK, South Africa, Cuba and Italy joined us for some competitive fun.

The overall results of the competition saw Noah Russell place 1st with 124.5 points, Erik Young 2nd with 122.0 points and Brent Pascall 3rd with 111.0 points.

Two new Canadian records were broken with Mandy-Rae Cruickshank setting the new static apnea record to 5:31 from 5:15 and dynamic apnea to 100m from 86.3m.

Weather was hot and sunny and the water was flat with the temp around 7 degrees C at the surface and visibility around 15m vertical. Paul Higgins of Outdoor Life Network was filming an episode for the upcoming series called ??World Cup Freediving?? which should be great press for our sport.

We??d like to extend our sincere appreciation to all the safety divers and support personnel who showed up to help us with this competition. Without their dedication and sacrifice we wouldn??t be able to enjoy our sport to its full potential – THANK YOU!

For more information regarding this competition and great pictures, please go to www.freedivecanada.com/comp/index.html"" target=""_blank"">www.freedivecanada.com/comp/index.html "

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

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