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Running A Competition
For competition announcements to be recognized by USFA, the
following information must be submitted to the USFA Board at
least 1 month before the competition is to be publically
- Name of Competition
- Dates of
- Depth Limitations and/or Pool
- Location of Competition
Names of the Judges
- Names and Credentials of
- Names of Competition Organizers
and Contact Information
- Competition Category
(Invitational, Open, etc...)
- Where to get
Competition Information (i.e. - website)
competition requires the participation of at least two current
At least two safety divers must be in the
water with the athletes during their performances.
least one videographer must be recording all performances such
that the judges can reference the video for resolving
You will need a timekeeper to keep track of
the schedule and to announce the divers' information and
You will need an emergency response person
qualified for ACLS (Advanced Cardio Life Support). They must
have oxygen available for administering as they see fit during
the competition for emergencies.
For pool competitions,
you will need dedicated pool lanes that are no less than 25
yards in length. Most pools will require you to carry event
insurance. Check with the pool to find out their requirements.
For depth competitions you will need to have a line-diving
rig equipped with a counter-ballast system for deep water
rescue and diver recovery. The bottom plate must be equipped
with a camera to record the diver's performances at the
deepest part of their dive. All athletes must use a safety
lanyard that passes the Judge's inspections.
competition organizers must collect and store medical
authorization forms and AIDA waivers from all attending
athletes. The forms must be stored for no less than 2 years.
We recommend 7 years if there is an incident.
The competition organizers must collect and pay
per-athlete fees for AIDA international (12 Euros/athlete) and
for US Freediving ($10/athlete).
organizers must report the announced performances and the
competition results to US Freediving and AIDA International.
The competition organizers must collect performance
announcements from the athletes and produce an event schedule
for use my the athletes, safety divers and timekeeper.