Pool Freediving Competitions


Pool Freediving Competitions

Freediving Gold Coast is holding two pool freediving mini competitions in the first half of 2022 according to the following schedule:

3/4/22 AIDA Freedivng Gold Coast Club Static Minicomp 2022 (25m pool of 1.1 to 1.4m depth).

26/6/22 AIDA Freediving Gold Coast Club Dynamic Minicomp 2022 (Bifins/Monofin Only in 50m pool of 2m depth).

All these freediving competitions are advertised on the AIDA Upcoming Events Calendar. The venue is the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre from 8.30 to 12pm on these dates (unless otherwise specified). All competitions will follow AIDA International Freediving Rules for Competitions and Records and Freediving Gold Coast Pool Standards Code. All are International competitions leading to AIDA International ranking on the AIDA International website. We welcome competitors from Australia and overseas and members from any national freediving organisation. For further information please read the section on Additional Pool Freediving Competition Regulations.


Gold Coast Aquatic Centre

Marine Parade Southport QLD 4215

Entry Cost to venue is $6.30.

The Static competition is held in the 25m pool while the dynamic competitions for bifin/monofin are held in the 50m training pool. The Dynamic competition for no fins is in the 25m pool.

All pools are heated with an average pool temperature of about 28 degrees centigrade.

Competition Prerequisites

Each athlete must complete and submit the following documents by 5pm on the Sunday one week before the competition to email dive@freedivinggoldcoast.com.au:

  • AP (Announced Performance in your event)
  • AIDA Medical Statement signed by a medical doctor. Download Medical Form Here. (and valid for one year from date of signing)
  • AIDA Liability Release signed and dated by the competitor. Download AIDA Liability Release Here.
  • Copy of Passport photo / details for evidence of your nationality.
  • Freediver Certification (AIDA2 Pool minimum or equivalent certification if not certified by Freediving Gold Coast)
  • AIDA Competition Form. Download AIDA Competition Form Here

In addition you will need to have an active athlete profile on the AIDA website by the day of the competition. See https://www.aidainternational.org/Athletes/. In Australia, this is a two step process:

  1. You must be a current member of the Australian Freediving Association.
  2. You must contact the President of the AFA (president@australianfreediving.org) to activate your athlete profile.

Failure to provide this documentation by 5pm on the Sunday one week prior to the competition may result in being unable to compete and forfeiture of the registration fee. Please note we do not accept hard copies of documents to simplify checking processes and storage of such documents.

Competition Structure

Competition briefing is at 8.30am on the day of the competition with the first OT (Official Top) commencing at 10am. A group photo will be taken at the conlusion of the briefing.

Generally in static events there is an athletic performance every 12 minutes while for dynamic events it is every 10 minutes.  Finishing time of the competition depends on the number of registrations.

Each performance will be measured and converted into points according to AIDA Competition Regulations. Athletes with the highest cumulative points across all Freediving Gold Coast competitions in the year will be awarded either 2022 Freediving Gold Coast Male Champion or 2022 Freediving Gold Coast Female Champion.


Registration is now open.

Limited to a maximum of 12 athletes from Australia or overseas for the Static competition and a maximum of 15 athletes for the dynamic competitions. Spots might be limited as a result so if you want to secure a spot, please register early. Once the event is fully registered, other athletes will be put on the waiting list.

General registration fee is $95.

If for some reason you decide to withdraw, our cancellation policy is as follows:

  • 100% refund 4 weeks prior to competition day.
  • 50% refund 2 weeks prior to competition day.
  • No refund less than 2 weeks prior to competition day.

Registration fee does not include pool entry ($6.30) transport to and from venue, and any food/drinks. Freediving Gold Coast is not responsible for any medical expenses, medical evacuation expenses, or hospitalization expenses incurred as a result of competing in the competition and any such expenses are the responsibility of the competitor and their own personal insurance.

  • Please select the competition, STA or DYN, you wish to enter.  Unless you are a current member of the High Performance Coaching (HPC) program, select General. Once registered you will be emailed confirmation with details of the competition. 




Safety throughout the pool freediving competition is our primary goal, and as a result we have added the following rules to our pool competition:

1. Athletes must be at least an AIDA 2 Pool Freediver or equivalent international certification.
Each athlete must be able to provide proof of certification of their freediving education/training equivalent to AIDA 2 Pool Freediver prior to the competition day. All athletes must be trained in freediving and breath hold activities by an International freediving certification organisation without exception and be able to provide evidence of this education/training.

2. An athlete cannot perform if he/she has blacked out during his/her warm up dive during the pool freediving competition.
As it is stated in the AIDA Regulations, any athlete who has a black out (BO) during his/her performance has to stop diving for the rest of the day. Since it is a mini competition and we only have one AIDA discipline on the competition day, this rule does not have much relevance. Nevertheless, a black out during the warm up is still considered a black out and an athlete who has a BO during their warm up, will not be allowed to compete on that day.

3. An athlete who has a BO will not be able to win in the cumulative points across all Freediving Gold Coast Club competitions to be awarded overall 2021 Freediving Gold Coast Club Male Champion or overall 2021 Freediving Gold Coast Club Female Champions.
It is possible that an athlete who has a red card in one of his/her performances could still have a higher total score compared to his/her competitors and still be able to win the Overall Champion title. However, if the red card was given because the athlete suffered a black out, he/she will lose the chance to win this title. As we are prioritising safety, all athletes who black out are penalised in the competition point standings.

4. For Australian residents to achieve an athlete ranking on the AIDA International website an athlete must be a member of the Australian Freediving Association (AFA). Please go to the AFA website to join online. Freediving Gold Coast will be unable to upload your results to AIDA if you are not a member of an AIDA National and have an active athlete profile on AIDA PRIOR to the event. It is the responsibility of the athlete to ensure they are a member of an AIDA National. To ensure you have an active athlete profile on AIDA in Australia, please contact the President of the Australian Freediving Association (president@australianfreediving.org). Freediving Gold Coast is not responsible for an athlete’s membership status and nor can we activate an athlete profile on AIDA.

5. Please note all photos and videos taken by Freediving Gold Coast will not be released to competitors or support personnel. The best photos of the day will be released on Freediving Gold Coast Facebook and Instagram. Videos of record or best performances will be posted on Youtube. We do not realise photos or videos of blackouts. If you would like photos or videos of your performances you will need to engage the services of your own coach to do so.