Freediver Rebecca Coales took the previous female DYN (Dynamic with fins) record to 179m at the Life Leisure, Grand Central 50 metre Pool in Stockport on the 6th July, 2014. For those new to Freediving, DYN is swimming as far as you can horizontally in a swimming pool with a mono fin or bi-fins. Rebecca already holds the current UK Dynamic without fins record.
The DYN record had previously been held incredibly since 2009 by Ruth Griffin. Rebecca beat the 175m that was on the board, which looking at how comfortable she surfaced is well within her limits. The whole dive took 2 minutes 36 Seconds.
Previous to the 2009 record, another female Freediver training at Grand Central pools held it before Ruth – Mandy ‘ the mermaid ‘ Buckley. It really shows the influence this training facility has on UK pool Freediving, and as a cross training tool for the depth Freedivers. Many champions and record holders have been coached there. It is fitting as it is a centre of excellence with the amazing swimmers from Stockport Metro training there.
Rebecca is a founder member of the Bristol Freedivers group where she trains with friends. She was a relative newcomer to the competition circuit, only starting to explore her potential in the last 18 months starting with a no-fins clinic, and mono fin clinic with my group, Apneists UK (www.learn2freedive.com), which is based in the North of the UK. Rebecca runs the www.omdiver.co.uk Yoga website and courses (which is the perfect cross training for Freedivers) and trains with Bristol Freedivers regularly. Rebecca is sponsored by Aqua Sphere, and wears an Aqua skin suit.
Thanks to the team who came and supported Athlete Rebecca Coales, and Apneists UK at the event.
International Judge: Gary Lowe
International Judge: David Tranfield
Safety Diver: Rebecca Warren
Safety Diver: Matthias Ruttimann
Surface video: Paul Butterworth
Videographer / Photographer: Martin Toole – Website
Photographers: Frogfish Photography – Website
Photographer: Dean Martin, Aqua Sphere – Website
Medic: Rebecca McCabe
Surface Coach: Steve Millard
Thank you to the management and staff of Life Leisure, Grand Central Pool for their continued support and hosting of this event. For more information, visit www.lifeleisure.net/enterprise/grandcentralpools.
Photos: Martin Toole