FreeDiving NZ Depth Nationals, Lake Taupo, 20-21 March

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FreeDiving NZ Depth Nationals, Lake Taupo, 20-21 March

Postby Phantom Menace » Mon Mar 16, 2015 5:31 pm

The NZ Depth Nationals are being held this coming weekend.

Unconfirmed rumour has it that Dave Mullins, one of the deepest men in the world (125m Constant Weight) may be competing. Results etc. will be posted here:
http://www.freediving.co.nz/depthnats15/

and on the AIDA NZ facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aida-NZ/112670315431274
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Re: FreeDiving NZ Depth Nationals, Lake Taupo, 20-21 March

Postby Phantom Menace » Sat Mar 21, 2015 1:27 pm

Results from Day 1 (Friday) are:
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The two Johns stuffed up their surface protocols. John Wright did the core SP fine but then dipped his airways below the surface while looking for his tag within the 30 sec (I think) that he needed to keep them clear and John P did a clean 60m FIM dive but thought he was still in training mode and "pretended" to remove his mask rather than actually doing it! No doubt he is frustrated. Phil C leads at the end of day one with a clean 50m no-fins dive.
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Re: FreeDiving NZ Depth Nationals, Lake Taupo, 20-21 March

Postby Phantom Menace » Sat Mar 21, 2015 1:31 pm

Nominations for Today (Saturday) are:
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Re: FreeDiving NZ Depth Nationals, Lake Taupo, 20-21 March

Postby Phantom Menace » Sat Mar 21, 2015 10:48 pm

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Day 2 results. The low light is John Ps 70m CWT dive that still got DQed because his coach dived to grab his snorkel! Highlights are the Personal Bests achieved - particularly Phil Cs 60m dive.
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Re: FreeDiving NZ Depth Nationals, Lake Taupo, 20-21 March

Postby Phantom Menace » Sat Mar 21, 2015 10:52 pm

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Day 3 (Sunday) nominations:
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Re: FreeDiving NZ Depth Nationals, Lake Taupo, 20-21 March

Postby binklebonk » Mon Mar 23, 2015 8:23 am

How much does the water temp affect (if at all) the depths that these guys are going for?

That's classic that John P ran foul of thinking he was still in training with a mask removal simulation. Relying on training when stress levels are high or cognitive function is low is fine unless the skills you are reinforcing are incomplete or ineffective. There are some quite sobering examples of this sort of thing happening with far greater consequences than just disqualification.

Is that a typical way to train by only simulating mask removal?
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Re: FreeDiving NZ Depth Nationals, Lake Taupo, 20-21 March

Postby Phantom Menace » Mon Mar 23, 2015 3:41 pm

Phil Clayton won the mens division with:
Constant Weight with fins (CWT): 60m
Constant Weight No Fins (CNF): 50m
Free Immersion (FIM): 50m

Gemma Cookson won the womens division with:
Constant Weight with Fins CWT): 45m
Constant Weight No Fins (CNF): 25m
Free Immersion (FIM): 40m

Water temp does have an impact - as does visibility. Hitting a deep thermocline as you sink can cause you to lose (i.e. swallow) your mouthfill (for equalising). Apparently there is often a deepish thermocline in Lake Taupo at somewhere between 20m and 30m and this has upset a few good divers in the past.

Yes, it is common practice to simulate mask removal when training - this is so we don't pepper the bottom of the lake with a lot of masks (otherwise I know a good spot in 45m of water in Lake Pupuke that would be a fertile collecting ground for masks).
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Re: FreeDiving NZ Depth Nationals, Lake Taupo, 20-21 March

Postby Phantom Menace » Mon Mar 23, 2015 10:18 pm

And the temperature also means divers will be wearing thicker wetsuits which means greater buoyancy change as you dive - making certain parts of a dive harder e.g. leaving the surface for the first part of the dive down to the point where you become negatively buoyant and then when you start the swim back up from the bottom plate.
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Re: FreeDiving NZ Depth Nationals, Lake Taupo, 20-21 March

Postby binklebonk » Thu Mar 26, 2015 8:13 am

Thanks for the reply, yeah that thermocline can be brutal in there.
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