The South African

Freediving Federation

promoting & representing freediving in South Africa

What Is SAFF?

South African Freediving Federation (SAFF) is the federation that regulates competitive Freediving in South Africa. It is also responsible for awarding national colours to competitors and promote the sport in South Africa. We are affiliated with South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and South African Underwater Sport Federation (SAUSF).

Our purpose is to grow and represent the competitive side of freediving in South Africa. This includes developing competitors, judges and competition organisers in the communities.

This federation serves as a link between the various Freediving clubs in South Africa and the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic committee (SASCOC).  Individuals need to belong to a federation as requirement for awarding national sporting colours and their records to be recognised.

SAFF upholds the rules and regulations that are applied when judging Freediving competitions. The federation is staffed by volunteers who get no payment for their efforts, all the fees go into developing Freediving as a safe competitive sport in SA.  SAFF also needs to keep up to date with international rules and regulations and provide training to judges so that Freediving as a sport can grow through fair and safe competitions.  Please consider joining SAFF and if you have any spare time, we always need volunteers to assist in growing Freediving as a sport. SAFF needs your support to keep up the work. 

We maintain this website where all our competitions are advertised, our freediving instructors can list courses and records will be displayed and updated.  We also try to provide new divers with safety guidelines and encourage safe diving practices. 

SAFF Records

Gletwyn Rubidge

Gletwyn Rubidge

Constant Weight Mono-Fin

Eastern Province
18/10/2019
90m
Gletwyn Rubidge

Gletwyn Rubidge

Constant Weight Bi-Fin

Eastern Province
15/10/2019
70m
Bruce Mills

Bruce Mills

Constant Weight No-Fins

Eastern Province
09/05/2017
57m
Bruce Mills

Bruce Mills

Variable Weight

Eastern Province
16/04/2016
55m
Gletwyn Rubridge

Gletwyn Rubridge

Free Immersion

Eastern Province
16/10/2019
80m
Steven Trollope

Steven Trollope

Static Breath Hold

Western Province
15/06/2015
6:21 min
John Daines

John Daines

Dynamic No-Fins

Western Province
05/10/2013
150m
Steven Trollope

Steven Trollope

Dynamic Bifins

Western Province
17/06/2016
146m
Gletwyn Rubidge

Gletwyn Rubidge

Dynamic Monofin

Eastern Province
17/06/2016
188m

Natalia Rudman

Natalia Rudman

Constant Weight Mono-Fin

Kua-Zulu Natal
31/03/2018
67m
Talya Semrad

Talya Semrad

Constant Weight Bi-Fin

Western Province
13/05/2018
51m
Natalia Rudman

Natalia Rudman

Constant Weight No-Fins

Kua-Zulu Natal
21/04/2018
43m
Open

Open

Variable Weight

Date
Time/Distance
Natalie Rudman

Natalie Rudman

Free Immersion

Kua-Zulu Natal
26/08/2017
62m
Amber Fillary

Amber Fillary

Static Breath Hold

Western Province
15/06/15
6:00 min
Amber Fillary

Amber Fillary

Dynamic No-Fins

Western Province
17/06/15
138m
Talya Semrad

Talya Semrad

Dynamic Bifins

Western Province
15/06/2017
150m
Talya Semrad

Talya Semrad

Dynamic Monofin

Western Province
15/06/2017
169m

Pricing Plans

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be a qualified freediver to belong to SAFF?

No, we have an instructor section where you can find your instructor and then get the necessary qualifications to become a freediver.

Can anyone take part in a freediving competition?

Only SAFF members that are qualified freedivers with a medical certificate and can partake in competitions. Your membership to SAFF give you access to instructors who can get you qualified, and competitions hosted all over the country.

Is a record attempt awarded automatically?

No, you need to apply for a record attempt about 6 weeks prior the attempt with the SAFF committee.

Can a newly qualified freediver compete in competitions?

Yes, please read Competition For Average People written by Malani Muller for great insight for new competitive freedivers.

How do I get provincial and national colours?
  • The applicant has to have been a paid-up member of SAFF for at least 2 consecutive years
  • The applicant needs to have competed in at least two SAFF ratified local qualifier competitions. (We ratify competitions hosted by Pure Apnea, AIDA, CMAS as well as SAFF competitions) Results of the competitions need to be communicated to SAFF
  • The applicant needs to have demonstrated that their performance places them in the top 10 percentile of competitors in the country.
  • The applicant needs to make the application at least 6 weeks before they are due to represent their country in an international event.
  • If there are any freedivers who feel that they meet these requirements, they must please make application in writing to safreedivingfederation@gmail.com.

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