Freediving New Zealand Depth Nationals 2020

Lake Taupo, New Zealand. 13-15 March 2019

Freediving NZ Depth Nationals will be held off Motutere, Taupo from Friday 13th March 2020 – Sunday 15th March 2020.

The competition will comprise three sessions over three days. For each session, competitors can nominate any of the three AIDA depth competition disciplines (CWT, CWT-BI, CNF, FIM). Disciplines can be repeated, although final ranking will only take into consideration the best result in each discipline. As this is our national championship, competitors are encouraged to take part in all disciplines and challenge for the final ranking. All competition grade compeitors should also be aware that in accordance with AIDA’s 2020 rule update, all depth nominations are required to be within 5m of a depth you have achieved in the 3 months prior to the competition start.

There will be a recreation grade available for those new to competitive freediving. Divers in the recreation grade will compete in the same disciplines, but with relaxed rules and against other recreation grade divers. 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 competition is AIDA ranked, but it does NOT have world record status.


Location: Lake Taupo (Motutere, Lake District)

Lake Taupo is a 186m deep caldera, situated 350m above sea level in the middle of the North Island of New Zealand. It has reasonably clear fresh water, generally with around 15m of visibility. The surface temperature will be around 19 degrees, but there are a number of thermoclines as you get deeper. The shallowest is usually between 12 and 20 metres deep and tends to be a 2-4 degree drop in temperature. The second tends to sit around 30-40m and is usually more noticeable, dropping the water to ten degrees or less. If you find a deeper thermocline, chances are you’re having a pretty good day already.

For depths of 90m or less, we will anchor the competition boat in the lee of Motutaiko Island, where we will be sheltered from all but the worst weather. For depths greater than 90m (120m competition depth limit, weather dependent), we will have to venture further afield from shelter, making these depths weather dependent.

The competition platform will include a counterbalance setup and sonar to keep track of divers when they are below. There will be at least two safety divers for every dive. We will have a fully qualified medic on the boat at all times and oxygen, both for emergencies and DCS prevention in accordance to AIDA recommendations where required.


For accommodation, we launch from the Motutere Bay Holiday Camp, where you can hire cabins or bring a tent depending on your budget and preference. They can be contacted on: 07 386 8963. There is also accommodation at Motuapa, which is halfway between the Official’s House and the boat ramp, and several AirBnB and BookaBach offerings in the area  which can work as a base camp with the quiet, hot showers and beds.


We will be launching the boats from their boat ramp at Motutere Bay Holiday Camp. The officials will be based in Turangi at the Officials’ House which is where competitors’ briefings will be held each day, so bear this in mind if you wish to stay somewhere else. 


Entries will be done online only. If for some reason you can’t fill the form out, contact a friend or the organisers to do so on your behalf. Entries must be submitted by midnight Monday 11th March at the latest.

When you arrive for the briefing, you will need to sign a liability release form, your entry form and a medical certificate of non contraindication for freediving if you are competing in the competition grade. If it is more convenient, you can instead email a scanned copy of your medical to:

All AIDA grade entries must supply a medical statement signed by a doctor Recreation grade entries may self-sign unless you answer YES to any questions on the medical statement in which case the statement must be signed by a doctor

The medical certificate application can be found here.

Recreation Grade: Is an option for those new to competing to dip their toes in and find out if competitive freediving is for them. Rec Grade results are not recorded on the AIDA International Rankings and all dives in Rec Grade have a 30m depth limit. 


Competition fees will be:

Member Fees:
Competition Grade (3 days) – $110

Recreation Grade (3 days) – $75

Single Day Dive – $60

Non FNZ Member Fees:

For foreign competitors or those who are not a member of FNZ’s affiliated clubs, there’s an additional $50 fee to cover FNZ Membership for the event when choosing Competition Grade.

Non Member (3 days) – $160

The competition fee covers boat, fuel and equipment use, competition costs, AIDA International competition fees and other competition requirements.

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 “Depth Nats 2020”.

Or Paypal to :

If you cannot do a bank transfer or fail to transfer before the close of entries, you will need to provide cash at the time of registration for the competition.

Please note:

In addition to the entry fee, divers must be current members of members of Auckland Freediving Club, Breathtakers Freediving Club, Waikato Freediving Club, Northland Freediving Club, Queenstown Freediving Club or the Lazy Seal 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 FNZ 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”.

If you cannot do a transfer, please bring cash to the registration that is being held directly after the competitors’ briefing at 8:00am on the 14th March.

Organiser: FNZ

Head of Safety : TBC

Safety Team : TBC

Head Judge:  TBC

Judges: TBC

Medic: Glen McIntosh

Boatmaster: TBC

Linemaster: TBC

Comms: Brad James









Provisional Timeline


Please check back regularly for updates.
All times are provisional at this stage and may change. 


Sunday 8 March 2020
18:00 Registrations Close
Thursday 12 March 2020
18:00 Nominations Close
20:00 Competition draw for Friday available
Friday 13 March 2020


08:00 Officials’ briefing
08:30 Competitors’ briefing and registration.
10:00 First competitor’s check in
11:00 First official top time
18:00 Nominations for Saturday close
20:00 Competition draw for Saturday available


Saturday 14 March 2020


08:00 Competitors’ briefing and registration.
09:00 First competitor’s check in
10:00 First official top time
18:00 Nominations for Sunday close
20:00 Competition draw for Sunday available
Sunday 15 March 2020
08:00 Competitors’ briefing and registration
09:00 First competitor’s check in
10:00 First official top time
14:00 Provisional Results announced (subject to change)
15:00 Prizegiving