Barbadian sets national freediving record

A Barbadian has set a new national freediving record at the Blue Element Freediving International Challenge in Soufriere, Dominica.

Johanna Loch-Allen, a Barbadian underwater photographer and videographer based in Australia, represented Barbados at the competition which runs until November 11th. (Photos courtesy of Daan Verhoeven)

Johanna Loch-Allen, a Barbadian underwater photographer and videographer based in Australia, represented Barbados at the competition which runs until November 11th. (Photos courtesy of Daan Verhoeven)

Freediving, free-diving, free diving or skin diving is a form of underwater diving that relies on divers’ ability to hold their breath until resurfacing rather than on the use of a breathing apparatus such as scuba gear.

Representing Barbados for the first time at an AIDA International freediving competition, Johanna Loch-Allen handily finished a clean free immersion dive to 45 meters in one minute and :48 seconds time to garner her and her country their first national record. (Photos courtesy of Daan Verhoeven)

Representing Barbados for the first time at an AIDA International freediving competition, Johanna Loch-Allen handily finished a clean free immersion dive to 45 meters in one minute and :48 seconds time to garner her and her country their first national record. (Photos courtesy of Daan Verhoeven)

“I’ve never done this before!” exclaimed “Hanna” after her dive. “I wasn’t sure what the bottom plate would look like at depth so initially I descend a bit past it, but then I was able to grab a tag and make my return ascent. My dive was overall very chill. I am extremely proud to be the first Bajan to take home a national title.”

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