Andaman Freediving Competition

Andaman Freediving Competition

Soon we will update on the competition dates!
3 Sea Disciplines and 3 Pool Disciplines
Great Prizes & Open to All
Contact: Ben at blueplanetdivers@gmail.com for more information

Thursday, 24 November 2011

More Competitors

This season's competition, looks set to be our most successful with, many competitors already confirming their attendance. If you have not already spoken to me (Mellisa) then please email  me blueplanetdivers@gmail.com to confirm your space as there is now very limited spaces available.

Andrew Teoh Kim Seng from Singapore has confirmed his attendance.

Andrea Richichi, who lives in Chiang Mai, competed in our 2010 is also set to compete this season. My humblest apologies to him, who I could not remember but now I have his photo, I do.



Rossi, from Vienna has also announced he will join us.

And finally, but by no means last, Stefano Lomuscio.

Good luck guys

Mellisa

Saturday, 19 November 2011

A busy start to the season


The improved weather and conditions have brought the first freediving students of the year; currently apneists are enjoying 20-25m visibility at Ko Haa and Ko Bida with water temperatures of 29C. Seas are calm, the lines are straight... lets go diving! And after the training on the lines there's always time for some fundiving through the gorgeous Cathedral Cavern at Ko Haa, the swim-throughs of Ko Bida Nai or with the resident leopard shark on Hin Bida.
Adeline

Adeline Ridira is a champion rifle shot back home in France so is no stranger to pressure; with her competitive nature she had no problems getting to 17m Constant Weight on her AIDA 2 star course. By way of celebration she also demonstrated her “spinning top” approach to dancing – other dancers beware!

Chris Carroll had completed his AIDA 2 star on Ko Tao and had definitely caught the apnea bug. By the time he finished his AIDA 3 star course he had reached 30m Constant Weight and was breaking 4 minutes on Static breath-hold. He's now weighing up his choices of whether to continue travelling or start a career in music festival management back in the UK – it's a hard life! - but either way I think we'll be seeing Chris again for more freediving.
Benjamin Baker

IT expert Benjamin Baker from Switzerland was a calm Zen-like individual. Having tried apnea in a cold local lake with friends back home the tropical 29C crystal clear waters of Ko Lanta were a welcome change! By the end of his course Benjamin was achieving the AIDA 2 star maximum allowable depth of 20m and definitely had more gas in the tank.

Christopher Esh
Benjamin's course-mate was Christopher Esh, a pilot from Alaska, USA who knew nothing about freediving before starting the AIDA 2 Star. Christopher's laid-back view on life concealed a steely determination which was best exhibited by his commitment to beating initial equalisation problems to eventually reach 18m Constant Weight. Good work mate!

In addition to these students Blue Planet staff members Caro and James have both started their AIDA 2 star courses: Caro achieving 20m CWT on her first day out and James a Static time of 2min49sec. With the scuba season really kicking off they're pretty busy now but I'm sure we'll see them on the lines again before April.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Clearly the students are too good this year

So Jim has had a really busy start to the season with 3 courses back to back, he is busy telling me how wonderful he is as an instructor, but I am beginning to think that maybe it is the students who are the talented ones.

Adeline, was freediving the Koh Haa caves after just a couple of days training and Chris Carroll was clearly a focused freediver and found his AIDA *** course a breeze.

His current group is Christopher Esh, Benjamin Baker and our own James Hoyland currently completing the AIDA ** course. They all smashed the pool targets, Chris managed 2 turns in the pool and both Chris and Ben (James had to drop out yesterday as he headbutted my boat!) did 20metres with ease.

If this carries on, I may have to drop Jim's salary as he clearly is not having to work hard enough!

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Our first freediving student of the season

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Jim, our lovely freediving instructor, took his first student of the season to Koh Haa and took a little video of her swimming through the caves.

She looks pretty comfortable doesn't she?

Monday, 10 October 2011

The Iranians are challenging the Malays

Our Iranian team just doubled in size with the addition of the lovely Neda Mokhtari.

They are also winning the best facebook photos I can steal. Looking beautiful Neda

Introducing Michelle Ooi

One more for the competition, and this time from Singapore, we could have a real Asia Pacific Internal Competition here. I asked Michelle to tell us a little about herself, this is what she wrote:


"I'm Singaporean, studying in Queensland Australia, I took a freediving course in march and have been hooked since! haven't been able to train much, but just looking forward to having fun and meeting other freedivers at the competition!"






We are looking forward to meeting you too!!!

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Malaysia Setting the Bar!

Our lovely Malaysian friends are busy preparing for the competition in February and so we are hoping that some other countries will have enough entrants to compete against them, so that we can add a new country competition this year.

If you want to check out the competition, see their facebook page: MAD Facebook Page

I love the way the competition is hotting up, can any country beat the Malays?????

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Our Malaysian Record holder coming to the competition


We are so pleased that Azam has confirmed that he will be joining us again this year. Last year Azam set the Malay records, so we look forward to him and his fellow Malay friends looking to beat them.

I have plenty of photos of Azam from last year, but the one above is my favourite photo of him!

Friday, 30 September 2011

Thursday, 29 September 2011

And another Walter Johnson

Walter has confirmed he is intending to compete in our next competition. Originally from the US, Walter has already competed for 2 years and we missed him last year.

Our latest competitor to sign up

Hope you will all join me in welcoming Hesamaddin Zargodaz to the Andaman Freediving Competition 2012. He is originally from Iran but currently resides in Malaysia.

Welcome Hesamaddin and good luck with the competition

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Aquamaster have also confirmed their Sponsorship

More great news for the Andaman Freediving Competition, Aquamaster, our 2011 equipment sponsor, have just confirmed that they will be sponsoring us again for the Andaman 2012 Freediving Competition.


We are really pleased to have them back again as, I am sure, will our competitors from last year. Their Micromask is hugely popular with our Freedivers as were all the lovely Aquamaster goodies! One of their team is even threatening to compete!

So if you are keen to join this competition, we would love to hear from you. This event is open to all and especially ideal for those individuals new to the sport, as you will find our competitors, judges and instructors keen to help and advise you on your Freediving technique.

This year we are adjusting the schedule, as requested by our competitors, so that the 9th will be a practice on the boat, 10th Depth Competition, 11th Pool practice and 12th Pool Competition. We hope the day off will give us some truly excellent results in the pool.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Royal Lanta Resort & Spa confirm their Support


We are so pleased to announce that Royal Lanta Resort & Spa have confirmed their support for our Freediving Competition. Last year their staff were absolutely fantastic and helped us make this event so special.



If you would like to join us for this competition or want to book some Freediving or Accomodation, please contact me, Mellisa

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

What did you do today?

Miguel Lozano sets a new Spanish Record of 100m CWT (Constant Weight) at Freedive International, Dahab.

Friday, 1 July 2011

A Tragic Event that could have been avoided

Tuesday night, an accident occurred in Nemo 33.

At the end of the evening after all divers were out of the water, one member of the staff decided to do some freediving alone in the deep tank...
And of course, what had to happen happened, he blacked out and sank to the bottom and was later brought dead back to the surface.

Everyone now talks about a freediving accident but for me it's not a freediving accident: it's an accident involving a scuba diver with no freediving education whatsoever doing breath-hold diving with absolutely no respect for the basic safety rules and who didn't care nor thought about the consequences of his actions.

We, freediving instructors are spending our lifes preaching the buddy system and telling that a blackout or a samba is not something you'll die from if someone just bring you back to the surface and keeps your airways above the water.

And in a fraction of a second someone can wipe out days, weeks, months even years of work by behaving selfishly.

I might sound hard but it's what I deeply feel. Yesterday I met the diver's family, I'm thinking about them, left behind, full of questions, and I'm extremely sad but it doesn't change my way of looking at what he did and I can't understand such a behavior.

I'm tired of having people telling me that freediving is dangerous and that a lot of people are dying while practicing, and then explaining them that there mostly are 3 kind of breath hold diving fatalities: spearfishermen diving alone, people training alone in pools and no-limits divers who fucked up big time.

But nobody dies when freediving activities are conducted with respect of basic safety rules and with self-respect of your own abilities and disabilities.

And I know I'll take lot of flak for saying that but I don't give a shit.

Putain de semaine.

Frederic Buyle

Freediving Competition

We have had another entrant for our Freediving Competition in February, Rhys has just emailed me to let me know he is joining us this year.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Are you joining us for Andaman Freediving Challenge 2012?

If so, please let know as I think this year will be bigger than ever!

Just 2 days ago, Alan Su, from Malaysia, did just that. A student of Marc's last year, Alan completed his AIDA ** course last high season and is coming back for more.

Our competition is friendly and a great learning aid, so its great for all people at all levels. We can also offer courses and coaching just before the competition so you can perfect your skills or, like some of our competitors in previous years, learn to Freedive for the first time!

Please book your freediving course if you want it to start just before the competition.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Welcome Alan Su

Last high season, Alan completed his AIDA ** course with Marc, and he has clearly got the bug!!! He has just let us know that he will be joining us in February 2012 for our Freediving Competition. Being from Malaysia, he has his work cut out for him as our last competition set four Malay records.

So big welcome to Alan, and hope to add a few names over the next few months.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Marc Freediving the Caves at Koh Haa

Marc is just too cool for school!

Well Done Big Jim

A huge congratulations to Big Jim, James Valentine, one of our longest serving SCUBA Instructors. Last week Jim took his AIDA Freediving Instructor course in Dahab, Egypt and we are pleased to announce Blue Planet's newest Freediving Instructor.

Jim, took his first course over 3 years ago with our wonderful French Freediving Instructor, Marc, and lets just say he got the bug real bad!

Each year he has returned to teach and guide SCUBA diving, so that he can spend time with our freediving instructors, perfecting his technique and competing in our Freediving Competitions. Having been placed each year, this year, Jim decided to take the next step and set off to Dahab, Egypt for his Freediving Instructors Course.

Battling with illness, Jim persevered onwards and we are pleased to announce that next year he will be joining Marc to teach Freediving, as well as Scuba Diving next high season.

Well done Jim, see you real soon xxx

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Congratulations Gregoire Folly

Big congratulations to Gregoire Folly, winner of our Andaman Freediving Competition this year, who has come in second in the Swiss Championships.

Gregoire, started his freediving with Marc Guerrin, our Freediving instructor, about 3 years ago, and he got a real passion for the sport. He is now quite a regular competitor around the world.

Congratulations Gregoire, hope to see you back to reclaim your title next year

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Andaman 2012 Freediving Competition

Our next freediving competition will be held between the 9th - 12th February 2012.

Our competition is designed to help new freedivers to start competiting and experienced freedivers to home their competition performance.

Itinery:
9th February - Sea Practice Day - Koh Haa (Blue Planet Divers Boat)
Coaching and explanation of rules for the Sea competition.

10th February - Sea Competition - Koh Haa (Blue Planet Divers Boat)
Free Immersion, Constant Weight with Fins, Constant Weight without Fins

11th February - Pool Practise Day - Royal Lanta Resort & Spa
Coaching and explanation of rules for the Pool competition

12th February - Pool Competion - Royal Lanta Resort & Spa
Breath hold, Dynamic with Fins, Dynamic without Fins

Awards and Competition Party on the night of the 12th.

Contact Mellisa @ blueplanetdivers@gmail.com for more information

Green Season

Unfortunately we are not able to offer Freediving Courses during our Green Season - May to October. But next season (October 2011) it looks like we will have 2 great freediving instructors (Marc Guerrin and James Valentine) who are able to offer the courses in both French and English.

To book a course, contact me, Mellisa on blueplanetdivers@gmail.com

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