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January 13, 2019 - The final day of my Los Angeles free-diving course happened to coincide with my 12th wedding anniversary. Instead of drinking wine with my better half, I was scheduled to dive the Pacific Ocean to a depth of 75 feet — on a single lungful of air. It seemed an inconvenient, not to say selfish, day on which to drown.
I was new to free-diving. But I had read enough to know that the sport required strong nerves and large lungs.
CMAS and the United States Freediving Federation (USFF) are proud to announce the 2019 CMAS Freediving World Championships will be held August 6-11 in Roatan island in Honduras. The USFF and Roatan Freediving, a local school and training center, have partnered to host the high caliber event together.
The third industry following along the freediving craze may just be taking notice, but you can be certain it’s about to kick it into high gear. In a month’s time, Warner Bros. Studio releases their latest film Aquaman, which turns towards the underwater world of the seven seas - and plenty of freediving by Jason Momoa in the title role. In the 1960s, the famous Sea Hunt television series grasped audience’s attention and brought tremendous awareness to the scubadiving community. Who’s to say Aquaman won’t provide that same rush for the sport of freediving?
Five athletes with the United States Freediving Federation (USFF) made history at the 2018 World Freediving Championships as they earned a bronze medal and set new national records, marking a first-time U.S. appearance at the international competition.
Kaş, Turkey, September 25, 2018: The United States Freediving Federation (USFF) will make history this October as Team America travels to Kaş, Turkey and competes in the CMAS Freediving World Championships, marking the first ever U.S. appearance at this Olympic-style event.
KAILUA-KONA — Despite the threat of Hurricane Lane, the Hawaii Cup of Freediving, hosted by the United States Freediving Federation, took place over the weekend at Honaunau Bay with little to no effect from the wind or rain. The Hawaii Cup kicked off on Friday at the Aloha Theatre with the U.S. premiere of “Dolphin Man,” a movie that explores the legacy of Jacques Mayol, a writer, sea researcher and famous free diver who held a dozen world records. He was the first man to dive to 100 meters.
The United States Freediving Federation is bringing the first World Underwater Federation (CMAS) sanctioned competition to U.S. waters this weekend when Honaunau Bay plays host to the Hawaii Cup of Freediving. Taking place Friday through Monday, the USFF championship event will draw freedivers from around the state, California and Florida. It will also feature two members of Team America Freediving, including Kailua-Kona resident Kristin Kuba.
Legendary freediver Jacques Mayol could dive hundreds of feet in one, single breath and was fascinated with dolphins and the mysteries of life under the ocean. His life was the inspiration behind the 1988 French cult film “The Big Blue” and now his legacy continues to live on as the subject of the documentary “Dolphin Man.”
U.S. FREEDIVERS TO MAKE HISTORIC RECORDS IN FIRST CMAS-SANCTIONED COMPETITION IN AMERICAN WATERS
Kailua-Kona, HI, August 17, 2018: The United States Freediving Federation (USFF) will hold The Hawai’i Cup of Freediving in Kailua-Kona on August 24-27, 2018. This historic national championship will be the first-ever CMAS sanctioned freediving event in the United States.
When I started to Freedive, I immediately recognized I was using a lot of meditation techniques during my dives. My knowledge of meditation has propelled my freediving career and because of these tools I’ve reached new goals and new states of mind. Freediving completely changed the trajectory of my life. Utilizing my knowledge base, I have created my own course “Meditation for Freediving” which helps students reach their goals faster and safer. Freediving has allowed me to combine my two greatest passions.
I think the entire freediving community as a whole is what has been my biggest inspiration to dive. I’ve met some of the most amazing people from different parts of the world, and to see how incredibly humble and down to earth many of them are no matter the depths they’re diving is really inspiring.
Freediving has changed my life in a positive way and I have really found out who I was on my journey to achieving greater depths. It seems like every time a barrier would form in my freediving it was something in my life that needed to be changed before I can break through the barrier. This is why I owe myself to freediving because it has helped me dissolve many issues in my childhood and in my life so that I can become a better person.
There’s more than one way to skin a cat. There’s no magic breathe up, certain speed you must go, no perfect technique, or guaranteed wetsuit and fins that will give you a new personal best. Everyone is different. Find what works for you and develop that. Is it you, not the gear.
I really love good seafood, and I love the ocean and the water, so when I discovered that it was possible to spearfish off the coast of Los Angeles, I immediately blew my tax return on a speargun, cold water freediving gear and the rest is history.
This, I think is the key in freediving, first figuring out what it is that stops me specifically at a particular depth, as everyone is different, then finding and trying-out solutions to overcome it. It's only through this process that I can find solutions to break through the barriers. And it might take weeks, months or even years to surpass a certain depth, but well that's just how it is :)
The introduction of freediving into my life caused a very positive life shift. It has helped me become much more comfortable with all aspects of life and has helped me learn to push my self-imposed boundaries to the side and explore what it is I am capable of achieving.
With the upcoming 2018 CMAS World Championships in October, we will be profiling each of the members of Team America. Enjoy their stories. Get to know them, and we hope that you find a nugget of inspiration from their story. First profile, Ashleigh Baird.
Recently, while out with a few freedivers, during a conversation about CMAS competitions, the most common question that arises is one about surface protocols.
“What is the CMAS surface protocol?”
Freediving is the underwater sport most likely to win acceptance as an Olympic sport, according to Anna Arzhanova, head of World Underwater Federation (CMAS).
Venice, CA, April 17, 2018- Freediver and tech entrepreneur Jeremy Stephan will announce the formation of the U.S. Freediving Federation (USFF) at the CMAS General Assembly Meeting in Phuket Thailand this week.
With a foam noodle supporting his neck and another beneath his knees, his wife, Brittany, towed him into position while one of three judges decked out in bright yellow rash guards clipped him onto a rope that disappeared into the deep darkness below.
Since the USFF is my creation, I decided it would be important to communicate how I started in freediving and what led to establishing this organization. It’s been an interesting journey and one that I hope will inspire you in some way.