David Mellor – Freediving Training Diary – Personal Bests

Welcome to the not-so-secret freediving training diary of David Mellor! Last time, we interviewed David about his plans for 2019 and how he hopes to improve on his freediving personal best in ALL 6 DISCIPLINES. Well, it looks like he is already on his way to achieving just that! Check out his amazing videos and find out his thoughts on his progress so far! Also, check out his new competition dates and NEW PBs in the right hand column of his diary!

David tells us about training tonight, his first new pb of the year and how everyone else performed.

“…He’re we are! Just finished our training session with Seb and Liz and Delphine and Tracey. Tracey, PB no fins, Delphine PB no fins. I tried for bi-fins. I did 125 with my bi-fins so I’m happy and Seb did some drills, so it’s coming along nicely.

Ok, bye!…” 

And discover what he got up to in the gym this week too!

Last week, he talked about his plans to set new pbs in DNF and DYNB, just two days after setting one pb, he’s set another

David talks a little bit more about his second PB of the week

“…We’ve just finished a really good session at Rossmore. I did a PB – 109 metres, no fins. Really pleased about that. The session was really good because the other guys I was training with, they were all focused and I realised that actually the people I surround myself with when I am training is very important. To have people around that are trying hard and focusing on their training too really rubs off on me and keeps me focused. So that was something I’ve kind of learned along this journey that I am doing.

So I did a long dive on Friday with Bi-Fins and then again tonight, with no fins. Two new personal bests. And I did this just to see where I am with all my training. Because it is ok just training, training, training, but you want to see if there are any improvements. So I decided to not do any training drills but actually on Friday and Sunday do a longer swim and see where I am with my progress, and I’m actually really pleased. I had some lactic with my 125 Bi-Fins, but that’s the first long Bi-Fins dive I’ve ever done, but no lactic with 109 with no fins, so the gym work is clearly paying off.

Now, I’m going to focus back on drills and see how I go. So no PB attempts or long swims for a few more weeks yet, and I’ll check how my progress goes from there.

Check out David Mellor’s freediving personal best for Dynamic with Bi-Fins in this video!

What a week for David! Only last week we heard him discuss how he wanted to achieve new personal bests in all 6 disciplines this year, and this week he goes and smashes two of them! We can’t wait to find out what next week brings!

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The Not-s0-secret Diary of David Mellor Dynamic Training

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Personal Bests and Achievements


Male UK Freediving Champion 2018

100 DNF
5.48 STA
60m FIM
57m CWT
41m CNF


125m DYNB
*New PB!! 22nd Jan ’19*

109m DNF
*New PB!! 27th Jan ’19*



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!



New Dates Announced!

UK Nationals –  Bristol – 9th – 10th March
Mini Comp -Dahab – 5th April
Dahab Championships – Dahab – 25th – 29th April
Philippines Diving Champs – Panglao – 18th – 19th May
Double Dip 2019 – Chepstow – 18th July 2019
World Championships – Nice – Sept
Infinity Depth Games – Cyprus – 13th – 20th Oct

More To Be Announced!


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

Video Library


January 2019


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Abbreviations and Meanings

DYN – Dynamic

DNF – Dynamic No Fins

DYNB – Dynamic Bi-Fins

CWT – Constant Weight

CNF – Constant Weight No Fins

FIM – Free Immersion

STA – Static

CWTB – Constant Weight Bi-Fins


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