From ‘early turning’ at 27m to the 2019 AIDA Depth World Championships within two years
In March, I received the exciting news that I was accepted by my AIDA-national to represent Canada in this year’s depth World Championships.
This will be my first time attending a ‘high-profile’ competition and honestly, I almost can’t believe that it happened so soon.
Just over two years ago, I was a ‘struggling freediver’. Although I enjoyed the sport, it really didn’t come easily to me at all. I always had the goal of “one day” going to the World Championships, but based on my first 3 years of training (up until 2 years ago) it didn’t seem likely.
I spent my first 3 seasons of freediving, ‘early turning’ at 27m on CWT, 24m FIM, and never doing CNF. But.. armed with a passion for the sport, and a willingness to do what it took to get better, I never gave up on honing my skills.
I then started working as an instructor, and put a lot of time and effort into learning how to improve as a freediver and teaching others how to do the same. Once I broke through the pattern of; poor quality training followed by poor quality application of training, things changed quickly.
Qualifying for the AIDA World Championships
As of 2018, I ranked-in with official competition results of; 61m, 52m, and 35m in CWT, FIM, and CNF. The improvement in my freediving alone has made me super happy, but qualifying in all 3 depth disciplines in the AIDA World Championships is a crazy-big cherry on top!
I’m very proud of it, yet very humble knowing what it’s going to take before I can contend with the elite. Still, the journey ahead isn’t daunting. I am proof to myself, and hopefully to you too, that no matter how rough the start is, it’s always possible to achieve great things. A lack of natural talent isn’t what will hold you, me, or anyone back. All we need is good quality training, and the persistence to stick with it.
Put in the right work, and the results will come.
This competition represents all of the work that I’ve put into the sport for the 5-and-a-bit years I’ve been practising. My plan is to enjoy every second of it. For me, that means performing with the perfect balance of quality and quantity, with the aim of showing confidence, control, and technical mastery, applied to the depths that I can dive to.
In other words; three white cards, on dives that I can be proud of.
The right training plan and mindset for success
This training season is going to be a technical one. Having recently made the switch from training by-fins to the monofin in my favourite discipline, CWT, I have lots of work to put into smoothing out my technique.
The same goes for FIM and CNF. I’ve neglected these two disciplines for most of my freediving career, but with the World Championships on the horizon, I now have the best reason to give them a little extra, and much needed, attention.
For now, I’m just going to put in the work. I’m going to do everything that I can to show up to the World Championships in September well-prepared and confident in my abilities, with a formula of smart training and dedication.
Most of all, I’m excited to compete with the world’s best freedivers, and I feel privileged that I can represent Canada in such a high profile event. In all honesty, I just can’t wait for it.
How you can help
Competitive freediving is like any other sport in that there are high costs associated with training properly, buying equipment, travel to and from locations as well as other essentials.
On this site, I sell training plans and programs, as well as provide free advice and inspiration through my blog and on my Facebook page. If you’ve read my information and it’s helping you, perhaps you’ll consider buying a plan to help me fund my competitive training?
Alternatively, I’ve set up a Go-Sponsor me page, where you can pledge your support and donate whatever you like to my World Championships fund.
All the money I receive will go directly towards progressing my knowledge and expertise as a competitive freediver in order to provide you with further freediving insights and resources, along with expert coaching to my clients.