In A Nutshell
Renee Blundon is an American competitive freediver and freediving instructor. She trains and teaches PADI Freediving courses in Dahab, Egypt, also conducting workshops and coaching on her two freediving specialties; advanced equalization and monofin technique. Although she enjoys all of the freediving disciplines, she spends most of her time training in constant weight, free-immersion and static apnea.
Renee Blundon was born and raised in Lyme, Connecticut, with a profound love of the water from the early age of five when she first learned to swim. She was a certified life-guard for three years in her teens and joined an adult swim team at 19, which provided the training to become a life-long skillful swimmer.
In the spring of 2013 Renee left the US to travel solo throughout East Africa. It was in Tanzania when she first began diving in the warm, clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean. She joined the Dar es Salaam underwater hockey team, connecting with several freedivers in the area who introduced her to freediving.
Renee took her first freediving course in June 2014 in the chilly quarry waters of Durban, South Africa, with spearfisherman, Trevor Hutton. Afterward she continued training in Tanzania and in the US in lakes throughout Massachusetts and Maine.
In May in 2015, Renee completed her Apnea Academy Instructor Course with Umberto Pelizzari and his team. Afterward, she began teaching freediving courses in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and then in Dahab, Egypt from September 2015 onward. Within the following three years, she became a PADI Master Freediving Instructor, EFR Instructor Trainer, AIDA Freediving Instructor, competed in six freediving competitions and taught/coached over 200 students.
2015, RedCcup (Nov. 6 & 9), Dahab, Egypt
Free Immersion -48 m, Constant Weight -40m
2015, Freedive Dahab Mini Comp (Nov. 23), Dahab, Egypt
Free Immersion -56 m
2016, RedCcup (Aug. 25-27), Dahab, Egypt
Free Immersion -57 m, Constant Weight -55m, Static 4:05
2017, Russian Freediving Competition (May 30-31), Dahab, Egypt
Constant Weight -50 m, Constant Weight -56m
2017, RedCcup (October 24-26), Dahab, Egypt
Free-Immersion -60 m, Free-Immersion -63
2018, RedCcup (May 30-31), Dahab, Egypt
Free-Immersion -68 m, Free-Immersion -70
1st Place Overall Female Winner
1st Place Winner for Female Deepest Free-Immersion Dive
DEGREES & CERTIFICATIONS
- Apnea Academy Freediving Instructor (May 2015)
- Apnea Academy Advanced Equalization Instructor (Nov 2015)
- Apnea Academy Monofin Instructor (May 2015)
- AIDA Freediving Instructor (April 2017)
- PADI Master Freediver Instructor (June 2016)
- PADI Divemaster (Dec 2015)
- EFR Instructor and Instructor Trainer (June 2016)
- AAS Interior Design / Multimedia Design Degree (May 2011)
Parsons the New School of Design, New York, NY
- Graduate of Introduction Leaders Program (Sept. 2012)
Landmark Education, New York, NY
FREEDIVING INSPIRED PHOTOGRAPHY
Renee expresses her passion for freediving through creative underwater photography, displaying her works at Art Inspired by Freediving. Her aim is to allow nature to be the artist, only to capture and reproduce it as accurately as possible in a form that can be admired above the water. Her curated collections include highly creative underwater pieces on the topics of freediving, conservation / awareness, marine life and underwater landscapes.
Renee also launched Seaunseen in March 2014, in collaboration with Alan Sutton, a website to inspire the world with creative imagery, stories and information about sea life and diving.
Renee writes poetry and stories about freediving. She also enjoys running, swimming, hiking, drawing, designing, rock climbing, photography, videography, underwater hockey, yoga and singing, especially kareoke.