About

Purpose

The South African freediving federation is the sport body where the members are recognized provincially and nationally when competing in a freediving competitions. SAFF recognises its responsibility to promote and represent freediving in South Africa.  Furthermore, it is the desire of SAFF to conform to the rules, requirements, standards and procedures in order to ensure and promote good sportsmanship, safety and quality freedive training, education and competition.

The SAFF is formed for the purpose of promoting safe freediving in South Africa and to encourage and foster an attitute of awareness for the conservation and preservation of the underwater environment.

The SAFF shall co-ordinate, arrange competitions and promote member participation in provincial, national and international competitions. Furthermore the SAFF shall encourage members to follow safe freediving practices and attend courses which promote safe freediving practices.

The SAFF shall be run by and for its members and is a not-for-profit organisation for the development of freediving and freedive related activities in South Africa.

The SAFF sets the benchmark for freedive standards and activity including sportsmanship and safety.

The SAFF shall ratify and regulate SA freediving performances and records in accordance with the rules and regulations set out under the rules of SAFF,  CMAS, Pure Apnea and AIDA International, or any other body voted as acceptable by the committee.

 

Committee Members

Matt Stow

Matt Stow

President/Chairman

I am and always will be drawn to water – as long as I can remember ! As a professional commercial photographer based in Cape Town, I have followed a path with freediving that has guided me into a position where I get to teach my passion & educate safe diving to Freedivers and Spearfisherman. I am currently a NAUI Freediver Instructor Examiner and teach in Cape Town, Gauteng and Eastern Cape.

Having surfed most of my life I have also competed in multiple national spearfishing events over the years with full Western Province colours, I am a Master CMAS Freediver trained under the guidance of Trevor Hutton, represented South Africa in Colombia for Underwater Rugby World Champs & am an accomplished open water swimmer ( Triple Cape Point Swim & Robben Island )

Janet Rudman

Janet Rudman

Vice-President/Vice-Chair

I grew up in Port Elizabeth & had a fascination with water and with fish from a very small child. Spending many hours in the swimming pool and sketching fish. After many years of competitive swimming and imagining jaws about to eat me up, I decided to face my fears and try scuba diving. Well, I’m still alive and haven’t been eaten by a shark yet. After meeting Gletwyn out at sea, I was converted into a Freediver for life. In 2019 I relocated to Gauteng and become a “dam duiker”. I enjoy helping others learning how to Freedive in my spare time.

Samantha Hunter

Samantha Hunter

Marketing

I’ve had a fascination and love for the water from a very early age. Being a competitive swimmer in my younger years only fueled this love. The lure of freediving and the dream of exploring the deep waters was ever-present, scuba diving couldn’t quench the desire I craved to be free underwater. I took a jump and did my first course in Bali in 2018 with SSI. It’s a bug that bites and I’m hooked for life. The way my body sings when I am emerged in water is a feeling I can’t describe.
I’ve just completed my AIDA 4 Assistant instructor and master freediver cert with MJ Kuhn. The aim is to dive safely, efficiently and to encourage others to do the same while sharing this love for the water and exploring the body’s capabilities.

Roelien Roodt

Roelien Roodt

Secretary

I am an LSEN educator from Vereeniging although my heart belongs in the Garden Route. My strong administrative skills are rightly suited for the secretary position of this federation.  I am a freediving judge and strives to support the freediving community. I would love to find a wild seahorse and not one in an aquarium. See you in the water.

Chevonne Bishop

Chevonne Bishop

Treasurer

I’m as passionate about Freediving as one can be without actually being a good Freediver! My husband, Gletwyn Rubidge sparked my interest, and with a background in business, I soon found myself involved in the admin and judging side of the sport. I was appointed at treasurer of our local club and subsequently of Freedive SA. I organised and ran a number of competitions including SA nationals. I would like to see many more competitions and social Freediving happening in SA. I believe that a Federation such as SAFF helps to promote and organise safe Freediving in SA.

Gletwyn Rubidge

Gletwyn Rubidge

Head Judge

I grew up on a farm Graaff-Reinet and did my schooling at union High School. I learned to a swim at the age of about 6. The first snorkeling I did was when we would go on holiday to the seaside. After school I studied chemistry in Port Elizabeth where my real interest diving started through snorkeling and spearfishing.

While spearfishing I always wanted to spearfish deeper and deeper. I am sure that this is way more interesting, freediving started. I represented Eastern province in the 2007 and 2008 and represented South Africa at the Euro Africa spearfishing championships. It is in the movie The Big Blue. During national competitions I set three national records – 67 m free immersion, 65 m bifins constant weight and 188 m dynamic with monofin.

On deeper dives I was battling to equalise from about the mid-70s and I decided to do an equalizing course with Andrea Zuccari in Sharm El Sheik. A year later I reached the depth of at 82 meters. At the Red Sea Cup number 12, I finally broke the SA record for FIM and CWT monofin with respective dives of 70 and 86 m.

The freediving enhanced deep spearfishing – I took a good fish at 36 m while diving without fins, and on another constant weight dive I took a fish at 50m using bifins.

in 2019 at the Infinity Depth Games I came home with three national records.

My present focus is on deep spearfishing and teaching my son to spearfish. Oh I forgot to add that I did a Padi instructors course.

Quintin de Boer

Quintin de Boer

Safety Officer

I have been involved in water sports and diving since 1998 in various aspects from participant, ambassador and technical advisor to manufacturers as well as international advisor to the NAUI BOD. I am currently a Course Director Trainer, Technical Instructor Examiner, Public Safety Diver Instructor and First Aid Examiner for NAUI. I have an absolute passion for water sports and all safety aspects thereof. I am currently the Director for NAUI Services Africa where I oversee all activities for NAUI in the Africa region including freediving.

I only recently started freediving myself and really enjoy the freedom and peace it brings, along with the ability to truly get to know yourself and your capabilities. Hoping to expand my knowledge of freediving and contribute to the amazing sport.

Derek Dunning

Derek Dunning

Technical Officer

The Ocean is my Happy Place! I was given my 1st mask and snorkel as a Christmas present when I was 10yrs old, living in Vanderbijlpark. My path found me down in Richards Bay where I was snorkeling in the shallows catching fish for marine tanks. I relocated to Cape Town and only returned to the water after 10yrs of “The water’s cold” and tried my hand at spearfishing.
I’m currently the Chairman of the local Bluespearos spearfishing club. I joined Western Province Spearfishing and represented WP from 2014 and attained full colours in the same year. I was elected as the Chairman of Western Province in 2017 and currently still hold the position.
In 2019 I was elected as the President of the South African Underwater Fishing Federation.

Over the years I’ve taken part in many forms of Underwater sports. I received Zululand colours in 1994 for Underwater Hockey and received South African colours in 2015 for Underwater Rugby.

I’ve dedicated time to improving my skills doing my CMAS Master Freediver certification and my PADI Freediving Instructors under Trevor Hutton.
I’m also a NAUI Freediving Instructor Examiner currently holding courses across the country with Matt Stow.

My objective is to educate people to allow them to have the knowledge to dive safely and encourage people to get into the water so they too can explore our underwater environment.

MJ Kühn

MJ Kühn

Training Officer

Molchanovs Freedive Instructor Trainer
AIDA Freedive Instructor Trainer
3x South African depth record holder
CWT Bifin, FIM & CNF

My freediving journey started as a spearfisherman in the cool waters of Cape Town. After becoming completely obsessed I trained as a Freediving Instructor in Indonesia under Oli Christen the Author of the AIDA & Molchanovs freediving manuals. In the 6 years of teaching freediving full time from beginner to Instructor level I gained extensive knowledge in the art of teaching freediving. This is where my real passion lies. I am a competitive freediver and have refined my, deep diving skills such as equalization, relaxation and dive technique. Also trained as a yoga teacher I approache freediving as a mind-body practice, applying many yoga based breathing techniques in my teaching to assist both mental & physical comfort.