RENEE BLUNDON

In A Nutshell

Renee Blundon is an American competitive freediver and freediving instructor. She lives in Dahab, Egypt where she trains and teaches AIDA, PADI and Apnea Academy freediving courses. She also conducts workshops and private coaching sessions 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.

BIO

Beginnings

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.

Then in January and March 2015, Renee trained in Zanzibar with Freedive International, and completed her SSI Level 2 and 3 courses.

Going Pro

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 two years, she became a PADI Master Freediving Instructor, EFR Instructor, AIDA Freediving Instructor, competed in four freediving competitions and taught/coached over 70 students.

Renee currently lives in Dahab, Egypt where she continues to teach, train and compete in freediving competitions. She spends part of the year in Saint, Raphael, France.

COMPETITION RESULTS

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

DEGREES & CERTIFICATIONS

ADDITIONAL INFO

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.

Interests

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.

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