The GFD finswinning comp

I’ve never done anything like it before so decided to turn up to the comp ranking session to see what’s involved.

The ‘Slow 25m’ was expected by me to be all about breath hold skills and this was proven wrong. The rule of neutral weight at 3m and not touching the bottom mean it is difficult to swim very slow at the shallow end. To stay midwater you need to move much quicker than you prefer and everyone had the same challenge. Buoyancy control and technique with a touch of breath hold skill might determine who will win this event and it will require a lot of practice. This practice should be very useful for spearfishing as the controlled slow motion, dive profile and dive times were more like an ocean hunt rather than a limit apnoea event. Will be interesting to see the strategies and techniques everyone develops as the event evolves.

Fast 50m. There was some variety in underwater swimming technique used on the grading night. Power and how to use it seemed to be the key and (again) breath-hold was less important. Danny stood out and headed the field using his well-rehearsed efficient technique: he will have many copying his style and it will take a lot of practice.

Surface 150m. Gerard created a wave as he showed us all how a real ‘A’ grader does it by setting the only sub 2 minute time and some were close enough to see we will have a real competition. Declaring ‘I’m buggered already’ at the 75m mark seemed to be a common cry and with even the slowest time (mine) under 3 minutes it’s not a long distance event. Like normal swimming a combination of power, fitness and technique would seem to be required.  Doing more laps in the pool should see times come down through the season, and it may be that we are yet to see the one best way of turning and streamlining (and in my case, keeping hold of my snorkel).

The evening saw many asking about the rules and what is and is not allowed, we may see some refinements emerge over the coming week though it feels like the current rules offer a decent competition without much adjustment. Each of the events has its own need of special skill and physical condition so with the format in place we can expect to see the non-competition days begin to focus on these events. Last night was a good start and with the first competition date next week fin swimming at GFD will quickly hot up. Well done to Luke and the committee for putting this together.

-Russell

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Club Finswimming Championship

This month we have the first round of the Club Finswimming Championship with grading night on the 24th and the first round on the 31st of this month. As a way to promote this we are giving every member a coupon to use when booking in so that the grading and first comp night are free! This will be sent to you in an email shortly.

Read the rules of the comp here and then sign up from the training calendar, remember if this is your first time at training you will also have to sign up for the safety induction.

If you have been thinking about joining the club now’s the time to do so to take advantage of this offer which will not be repeated.

The Geelong Freedivers Inc. Club Finswimming Challenge is a pool based, season long, aggregate Finswimming-based competition, open to Geelong Freedivers Inc. Members. The Challenge will be comprised of 9 monthly “meets”, which will be held during the last 15 minutes of the last training session of each month.

Each competitor will perform three swims per meet:

A Grade

  1. First Swim: “Slow 25m” Submerged finswim. The goal of this swim is to perform a submerged 25 metre swim as slowly as possible (one length of the pool).
  2. Second Swim: “Fast 50m” Submerged finswim. The goal this swim is to perform a submerged 50 metre swim as quickly as possible (two lengths of the pool).
  3. Third Swim: “Surface 150m” finswim. The goal of this swim is to perform a 150 metre surface swim as quickly as possible (six lengths of the pool).

B Grade

  1. First Swim: “Slow 25m” Submerged finswim. The goal of this swim is to perform a submerged 25 metre swim as slowly as possible (one length of the pool).
  2. Second Swim: “Fast 25m” Submerged finswim. The goal this swim is to perform a submerged 25 metre swim as quickly as possible (one length of the pool).
  3. Third Swim: “Surface 100m” finswim. The goal of this swim is to perform a 100 metre surface swim as quickly as possible (four lengths of the pool).
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Club Spearfishing Championship entries are now open!

Dear Club Members,

The 2017-2018 Geelong Freedivers Inc. Club Spearfishing Championship (CSC – formerly known as the Species Challenge) is now open for weigh ins.

The main changes to this years comp format is as follows:

This year we see 14 new species added to the score sheet (bringing the total to 24), broken up into 3 Categories, Cat A having a 15 point max score, Cat B a 10 point max score, and Cat C with a 5 point max score.

We’re also allowing gutted fish to be weighed in (to maximise the edibility of the fish being weighed in).

We have a club weigh point in Belmont and one in Anglesea (details in the rules), with hopefully another two weigh points coming online soon to maximise your weigh in opportunities. Weigh ins can still occur on any suitably certified scales (just ensure you provide the scale certification # if using non club scales).

This competition will end on the 31st of May, 2018.

Full rules and conditions can be found here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1y4KXd67Y9TYIHzldz0ovOORtxngkDAfRZch1mtpKP9E

Happy Hunting!

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