David Mellor – Freediving Training Diary – Introduction

Welcome to the not-so-secret freediving training diary of David Mellor!

If you don’t know who David Mellor is, or you know him, but want to know what he is getting up to this year, this diary will spill the beans on everything. Well, everything freediving anyway!

So, who is David Mellor exactly?

David Mellor started freediving just a few years ago and since then has risen to the ranks of a Go Freediving Advanced Instructor. He is an integral part of the Go Freediving Team and runs our Poole Club sessions with the the same level of passion and enthusiasm that he applies to his own freediving training. He only started competing a year ago, but has done rather well! Not only did he secure a place on the British Freediving Team, he also won the Male Freediver of the Year Award 2018, and also won a few white cards and shiny medals in the UK, Greece and Egypt.

What did David achieve in 2018?

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2018 saw the start of David Mellor’s ambition to start entering freediving competitions. In his 50s he is in the same age group as multiple  world record holding freedivers, Natalia Molchanova and Annabel Briseno to name just a few – so David is in awesome company!

The first competition David entered was the Nationals in March 2018. This was his first ever competition and where he took THIRD PLACE – an awesome result.  He reached 124 metres on dynamic (dyn), 100 metres on dynamic no fins (dnf) and 5mins 19 seconds on static.

His next competition was at the Saltfree Double Dip Depth Freediving Competition 2018. The competition was held in September at the National Diving and Activity Centre in Chepstow. The competition is known as the Double Dip as it accommodates two dives in one day to allow athletes to complete all depth disciplines over the course of the competition. In this competition David took SECOND PLACE scoring 48m FIM, 36m Constant No Fins (cnf) and 46m Constant Weight (cwt).

Following on from there David flew across to the Vostok Cup in Kalamata, Greece. The competition is an AIDA World Record Status event with 4 competition days where athletes can select any discipline any of the days CWT/CNF/FIM. It was initially promoted as the team worlds event, but became an individual competition, where David achieved  50mtrs cwt, 50mtrs fim and 41mtrs cnf

The next competition David entered was RedCcup in Egypt, in October. RedCcup describes itself as the largest international freediving competition in the Middle East and Africa. Hosted in the famous Blue Hole of Dahab, Egypt, with perfect conditions all year around.  In this competition David achieved 60mtrs fim and 57mtrs cwt

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The last competition of the year for David was at the e Bristol Blue team event in Oct where he entered as part of a Go Freediving Team  and with results of 135mtrs dyn and 5.48 static, helped the team win THIRD PLACE!

Across the 6 different disciplines David’s total also earned him the title of the Male UK Freediving Champion 2018.

Why did Go Freediving decide to work with David to Create a Freediving Training Diary?

David has been an inspiration to many of our students and club members – a true ambassador for the sport, and we thought that his experience of freediving and his ‘newness’ to competing would be interesting to many people, whether it was from a freediving, general training or competitive perspective. We thought creating a freediving training diary would help others see what it involved when an athlete pursues a passion.

Our freediving training diary will be there to record the highs, the lows, the greats and the not-so-greats. We’ll see behind the scenes action, diet, training regimes in and out of the water, his supporters, buddies and everyone else who is cheering him on. We’ll follow his travels as he follows the competition circuit and hopefully capture amazing photos, videos and interviews along the way.

So, with the introduction over, watch this space as we start following David’s freediving season and record it in his very own freediving training diary. We’ve included two videos to his video library for you to see what he is already getting up to!

Read Part Two, Now!

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UK Nationals – March 2018
Double Dip –  Chepstow – Sept 2018
Vostok Cup –  Kalamata – Oct 2018
RedCcup  – Egypt –  Oct 2018
Bristol Blue – Bristol – Oct 2018


Double Dip 2019 – 18.07.2019

More To Be Announced!



2nd Place: Double Dip: 48  with mts fim, 36mts cnf and 46mtrs cwt in Sept
3rd Place: Nationals: 124mtrs dyn, 100mtrs dnf and 5.19 static.
3rd Place: Bristol Blue (Team Event)  135mtrs dyn and 5.48 static
Vostok cup: 50mtrs cwt, 50mtrs fim and 41mtrs cnf in Oct
Redccup: 60mtrs fim and 57mtrs cwt


To be announced!

Personal Bests and Achievements


Male UK Freediving Champion 2018


100 DNF

5.48 STA

60m FIM

57m CWT

41m CNF


Video Library


January 2019

Abbreviations and Meanings

DYN – Dynamic

DNF – Dynamic No Fins

CWT – Constant Weight

CNF – Constant Weight No Fins

FIM – Free Immersion

STA – Static


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