Jana Strain Smashes National Freediving Dynamic Record

Malibu, CA, USA. Jana Strain, a Canadian Freediver and resident of Santa Monica, CA, set a new Canadian and North American Women’s Freediving Record with a swim of 171 meters (560 feet) in two minutes and eighteen seconds at Pepperdine University. Jana broke the existing Canadian Record of 150 meters (492 feet) set by Jill Yoneda in May of 2008. This performance is one of the top five in the world by a female athlete this year.

Jana is a relative newcomer to the sport of freediving having only taken her first course some five months ago. She was subsequently selected to Team Canada after placing third in the Canadian National Freediving Championships this past June. Jana stated, “I was a bit nervous about my performance before I began, but I was confident in my training and my ability to do the swim. I know I have a lot more in me. I felt really strong when I finished.”

Jana’s record was supported by Pepperdine University and Malibu Divers of Malibu, CA. The record was officiated by Matt Charlton, Canadian Association of Freediving and Apnea (CAFA) President and AIDA Level E Judge, and Grant W. Graves, United States Apnea Association (USAA) President and AIDA Level A Judge Instructor.

Dynamic Apnea is an underwater swim for distance on a single breath of air using fins. Distance is measured with the use of a metered tape measure. The pool must be at least twenty-five meters long for the performance to be valid. Other disciplines of freediving include tests in depth and time.

CAFA is a non-profit association founded on the democratic representation of freediving within Canada and internationally. Founded in 2000, CAFA consists of an active membership dedicated to furthering freediving in Canada and abroad. For more information about CAFA, the Canadian National Freediving Team, and membership please visit www.freedivecanada.com.

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 http://www.aida-international.org.

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