Apnea Association of Singapore talks with the Singapore Life Saving Society to raise safety awareness in Singapore.

As part of the AAS’s continued efforts to raise safety awareness and the standard of breath hold / freediving safety in Singapore, AAS President Jonathan Chong gave a presentation to the Examiners and Instructors of the Singapore Life Saving Society at their Annual workshop. 

The aim was to clarify some myths about freediving and open the opportunity for collaboration to increase public pool safety around breath holding. Topics such as the physiology of blackouts and safety concepts were presented. 

Singapore Pool Freediving Open 2015

On 6th September, the AAS organised the first-ever freediving competition in Singapore. The competition saw athletes from all levels participate including several Underwater Rugby Players looking to test their breath-hold abilities. The competition allowed freedivers in Singapore to come together and exchange experience, raise the profile of freediving to the general community, provide a safe environment for freedivers to test their limits, and gave competitive athletes a goal to work towards.

 

Athletes had to choose to perform two out of three possible pool disciplines: Static Apnea and either Dynamic Apnea (with fins) or Dynamic Apnea (without fins). Scores were tallied based on the athlete’s performance on these events.In Static Apnea, scores are based on how long a person can hold his breath without any activity. 

Warm-up Zone for Static Apnea

Warm-up Zone for Static Apnea

For Dynamic Apnea, points were given based on how long one could swim on a single breath. 

Fu Xing Qiang with his monfin. Photo courtesy: Wilson Zhang

Fu Xing Qiang with his monfin. Photo courtesy: Wilson Zhang

Being the first competition ever held in Singapore, competition organisers, judges, and safety crew were unsure of what to expect for this competition. The athletes however, stunned everyone with their amazing performances. Examples include newcomer Cong Sheng, who swam 100m on a single breath and two new New Caledonian National Records were also set by Ramona Gutierrez. Congratulations! 

The success of this first competition has shown that there is enthusiasm and participation in the freediving community in Singapore. It also gives us a template for which to organise future events.The next step for us would be to organise a collaborative competition with our neighbours Malaysia and Indonesia to help grow freediving in the region.”