The rules have been developed in discussions with Sebastien Murat, Will Trubridge, William Winram and Herbert Nitsch. Any questions not solved by the 3 rules can be solved by common sense - the "ambitions" of this discipline are quite clear.



Unassisted Freedive Competition

Freediving in its purest form - skin diving as deep as you can. No fins - only breaststroke. No mask - only noseclip. No suit - only swimmingtrunks. Since this discipline and its rules are unique it will be seen as a new category and world and national records will be awarded.

UFC - 3 basic rules - detailed version

1 A) Propulsion by arms and legs only - no equipment. No mask or goggles - only noseclip. No swim suits, wet suits or caps of any kind. Only swimming trunks or bikini.

B) A safety lanyard of maximum 1.5 meters attached to ankle, wrist or at a (non elastic) belt at your waist. The lanyards carabiner will be attached to the diveline.

2 A) Depths decided in advance,  but there are no penalties for turning early.  No tags has to be delivered. Starting order by draw or organizers decision.

B) When starting/surfacing the athlete is free to grab and hold above water level, even when their airways break the surface.

C) During the dive the rope may be touched with open hand but not held. No pull upwards is allowed at the turn. A penalty of 5 meters will be given for every rope pull or grab under water.
WR and NR demands bottom camera of full surveillance of diver.

3 A) No surface protocol has to be delivered - only hold on to the rope and breath for 30 seconds.
Judge decision after 5-60 seconds. Blackout during the 60 seconds will lead to Disqualification. Judges decision can be reversed during the 60 seconds.

B) After surfacing the athlete will be disqualified if the mouth (both lips) goes under again for more than two seconds.
On a second dip - no matter how long they are - the athlete is disqualified.
You are basicaly allowed one short dip as a benefit of doubt.
Apparent LMC´s in the neck resulting in more than one dip will be DQ.
Apparent LMC´s in the neck/body resulting in more than one dip will be DQ. Even if mimicking/playing LMC/BO = DQ. Take waves in consideration and do not count them as dips.

C) A coach is allowed. The coach may not dive down. If the athlete is helped physicly by anyone it is a disqualification. (helped physicly: support, a hard pat on the back, a poke with a fin - any touch that lifts or can "wake up" an athlete).

- Athletes must be 18 years old or older.
- A medical certificate that says "fit for diving" must be presented (no older than 1 years old).
- A medical statement and liability release has to be signed by the athletes.
- All depths decided by two calibrated depth meeters (against a measured line) placed on the athletes two arms (sea level, salt water calibrated). Average depth of the two, rounded downwards.
- Three judges must judge each competition, at least one in water surveiling the first/last 20 meters.
- There must be at least three serious starting athletes in a competition.
- The concerns of judges are: safety, pulls at depth and airwaydips at the surface.
Most of these rules are invented to make it more of a challenge than the normal freediving disciplines, aswell as making it  interesting to watch. We want to see: skin, muscles moving, hair flowing, faces and expressions.
Basicly the only way to get a red card is to blackout or drop airways because of heavy LMC in the neck/head. These are also so called survival rules.

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