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May 13, 2011


Erin Magee sets new US mark for deep freediving.


West Bay, Grand Cayman.  United States Apnea Association (USAA) is pleased to announce that Erin Magee of Fort Lauderdale, FL set a new United States Women’s Freediving National Record while holding her breath and swimming with her mono fin to a depth of 80 meters (262 feet).  Her performance took place during the Performance Freediving Invitational Competition Deja Blue II being conducted in the blue waters off the west coast of Grand Cayman.

Erin broke her own record of 77 meters (253 feet) set only a few days before.  Erin finished her competition resetting her own record three times during the week.    Constant Weight is one of the most respected freediving disciplines requiring the athlete to swim to depth with fins or a mono fin and return to the surface, all under their own power.

Erin’s dive took two minutes and thirty-two seconds to complete.  Her return to the surface was relaxed and she completed her surface protocol quickly.  The judges said, “Erin made our job easy.  She finished her performance so strongly there was little work for us to do.  She has a great deal more in her and it will be a joy to see how far she will be able to take this.”

Erin said, “I felt the strongest I have on this dive.  It surprised me that it felt so great.  I received great tips and coaching from my fellow freedivers.  I wish I had more days in the competition to try to go for me.  I want to thank everyone involved in the competition for helping me reach new heights or depths in this case.”  Erin is relatively new to the sport of freediving only becoming serious about her training a little over two year ago.  She is a Staff Instructor with Performance Freediving International. 

The Performance Freediving Invitational Competition is an annual event that has taken place in Grand Cayman since 2006.  For more information checkout

Grand Cayman is a diving mecca in the center of the Caribbean, better known as a scuba diving destination; it has recently seen an influx of freediving activity, competitions, and courses.  Cayman’s clear, blue, and warm waters make it ideal for all water activities.  The submerged walls with their sheer drop offs make it ideal for deep freediving. 

Constant Weight (CWT) challenges the athlete to swim to depth and back with the use of fins or a mono fin under their own power while holding their breath.  The athlete is not allowed to contact the competition line other than to recover their tag at depth while turning.  Upon reaching the surface the athlete must perform a surface protocol within fifteen seconds of their return to the surface.

The USAA is a nonprofit association founded on the democratic representation of freediving within the United States and internationally.  Founded in 2003, the USAA consists of an active membership dedicated to furthering freediving in the United States and abroad. For more information about the USAA, the U.S. National Freediving Team, and membership please visit

The International Association for the Development of Freediving, AIDA, is the international sanctioning body for freediving, individual and team competition, and freediving world record attempts.  For more information about AIDA please visit


Images available upon request. 


Contact Information:

Grant W. Graves, President
United States Apnea Association, USAA

3642 Seahorn Dr.
Malibu, CA 90265
Phone: 310-560-6104

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