New Zealand Freediving Pool Nationals 2018

Queenstown, New Zealand. 14-16 September 2018

Freediving NZ is pleased to announce that Queenstown Freediving Club a will be hosting the 2018 Freediving New Zealand Pool Nationals 14-16 September and invite all freedivers to join them for three days of competition in their beautiful resort town.

The competition will comprise three sessions over three days: Static apnea, Dynamic without fins and Dynamic apnea. The competition is AIDA ranked, but it does NOT have world record status. The top Kiwi female and male will win the title of National Champion.

All sessions will be held in the morning leaving the afternoons free for you to explore the local region and take part in some adventurous activities. We aim to finish by 2:30pm for you to catch flights from 3:30pm on Sunday, but recommend that you stay on until at least Monday for the after-party. Ski fields will still be open.

There will be a recreation grade available for those new to competitive freediving. We encourage everyone to get involved – it’s never too early to have a go! Divers in the recreation grade will compete in the same disciplines, but with relaxed rules. These dives will not be eligible for international ranking, but will appear on the Freediving New Zealand Recreational Grade Ranking on the Freediving New Zealand website.



The resort:


Travel insurance:

The organiser recommends everyone travelling to this even take out a travel insurance policy due to the “Queenstown Factor” (weather related travel delays – Queenstown is a ski resort town in the mountains).

1 Cover offer NZ domestic travel insurance which will also cover your rental car excess

Travel to Queenstown:

There are direct flights to Queenstown available from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Melbourne.

The organiser recommends arriving Thursday due to the “Queenstown Factor”.

Travel in Queenstown:

There are a range of rental car companies in and around the airport.

Local buses; queenstown-buses

Winter driving tips: new-zealand-winter-driving-tips-298





As well as sponsoring accommodation for the judges, Browns Boutique Hotel are offering a special deal for people attending Nationals;

Booking Special






Alpine Aqualand

Queenstown Events Centre

33 Joe O’Connell Drive

Frankton, Queenstown


25m lane pool

Water is a cold 27 degrees Celcius

Air temperature is hot and humid.

Pool varies from approx 1.2m deep to approx 1.8m deep. There is a small step in the middle and a bulkhead at the deep end.

Statics will be held along the edge of the side lane in the shallow end.

Dynamic events will start in the shallow end and be held in the second and third lanes from the edge.


The pool has a spa with one of the best public spa pool views in the country!


Limited snack food is available for purchase at the pool so bring your own.


Photography / videography

Any photos or videos taken at the pool must actively avoid any public in swimming togs in the frame or be deleted. Do not post on social media any photos or videos which include the general public.




Workshops with Kathryn Nevatt

Kathryn is current National and Pan-Pacific Champion, former world record holder (DNF) and former World Champion (STA). She has coached numerous World Championship medallists and can give you good practical tips to improve your technique and general approach to freediving, to give you a competitive edge. Personal coaching and feedback guaranteed.


Monday 17 September at the pool.


Workshop 1 – 9:45am to 12:30pm

Statics technique

Dynamics with fins turns

Short discussion on dry training in the spa after


Workshop 2 – 1:30pm to 4pm

Dynamic no fins technique including buoyancy, starts, turns, exits, arm stroke and leg stroke.

Discussion on competition strategy (in the spa after)


Workshop 1 – $90

Workshop 2 – $90

Combo price – $150

Excludes pool entry

Ask for your discount if you are a competition volunteer or a QFC member.


Bring your own lunch / snacks as there is limited food available at the pool.


Registration & payment required by 31 August (minimum numbers apply)

Register via email:


Bank account: KA Nevatt – 38-9003-0941827-00 – ref your name and WS-1, WS-2 or WS-1&2

Paypal to email:



Entries will be limited to 36 divers, so be sure to register early!


Competition grade registration consists of:

  • Completion of online registration forms.
  • Payment of fees (required to complete registration)
  • Email to (by Friday 7 September 2018)
    • scanned pdf copy of Passport
    • Scanned pdf copy of Medical Certificate of Non-contradiction to freediving signed and stamped by a physician, no older than 1 year at the conclusion of the competition.


Recreation grade registration consists of:

  • Completion of online registration forms.
  • Payment of fees (required to complete registration)
  • Scanned copy of Medical Statement (using AIDA Int Medical form). If you answer yes to anything in the Medical Statement, then you must have it signed and stamped by a physician as Medical Certificate of Non-contradiction to freediving no older than 1 year at the conclusion of the competition. Email scanned pdf form to (by Friday 7 September 2018)


AIDA Int. Medical form:



Entries close Friday 31 August 2018





Tuesday 5 June to Monday 11 June  – Early bird registration, open to Kiwis only!

Competition grade: $95

Recreation grade: $80


Tuesday 12 June to Monday 18 June – Discounted registration open to all

Competition grade: $95 

Recreation grade: $80


Tuesday 3 July to Friday 31 August – Registration open to all

Competition grade: $130

Recreation grade: $90

Cancellation policy:

Cancellations on or prior to 31 August 2018 will incur a $40 administration fee.

No refund available for cancellation on or after 1 September 2018.

Fees need to be received before entries close. They should be direct credited to:

Account name: AIDA New Zealand Inc
Account number: 38-9007-0470620-00
Please reference your name and “Pool Nats 2018”.

Or Paypal to :



If you are not a current member of a Freediving NZ affiliated club you will need join FNZ for $50 to participate. FNZ affiliated clubs include: Auckland Freediving Club, Breathtakers Freediving Club, Lazy Seal Freediving Club, Queenstown Freediving Club, Waikato Freediving Club.

For foreign competitors or those who are not current members of the above clubs you will need to pay an additional $50 to cover FDNZ membership for the event

If not already paid, please direct credit funds:

Account name: AIDA New Zealand Inc
Account number: 38-9007-0470620-00
Please reference your name and “subs”.









Queenstown Freediving Club Incorporated

Kathryn Nevatt – 027 294 8620


Joy Keene
Fran Rose
Sarah Corban
aig de Vos

Medic: Pawan kazi Thapa (pool lifeguard)

Safety Team:
Tonguch Ozluk
Peter-Ray Moroney
Kieran Wallace
David Rider
Ben Jeffares (reserve)














1 Nathanial Fairweather Comp NZL AFC
2 Gemma Cookson Comp NZL NFC
3 Jarrod Briffa Comp AUS Int
4 Kathryn Nevatt Comp NZL QFC
5 Nicholas Cameron Comp NZL LSFC
6 Simon Holt Rec NZL AFC
7 Peter-Ray Moroney Rec NZL QFC
8 Michaela James Comp NZL LSFC
9 Anna Hobman Comp NZL LSFC
10 Nick Rhodes Comp GBR AFC
11 Phil Clayton Comp NZL AFC
12 Tania Rounthwaite Comp NZL BFC
13 Jack Hamilton Comp NZL NFC
14 Alan Maddick Comp AUS Int
15 Kat Mager Comp GER LSFC
16 Guy Brew Comp NZL LSFC
17 Tanya Jacobs Comp GBR QFC
18 Damien Jones Comp NZL QFC
19 Kieran Wallace Rec NZL QFC
20 Bradley James Comp NZL AFC
21 Ali Alkhalifah Comp SAU AFC
22 Owen Hale Rec AUS QFC
23 Liam Roberts Comp GBR QFC
24 Stephane Aubineau Rec FRN QFC
25 John Woodhead Rec NZL WFC
26 Samuel Lowden Rec GBR QFC
27 Jennifer Brant Comp USA Int