In A Nutshell
Renee Blundon is an American competitive freediver and freediving instructor. She trains and teaches freediving courses in Dahab, Egypt and internationally. She also conducts workshops and coaching for advanced equalization, free-immersion technique, monofin technique and BCS stretching. Although she enjoys all of the freediving disciplines, she spends most of her time training in free-immersion, constant weight and static apnea.
- USA National Record Holder in free-immersion with a dive to -62 meters / 203 ft. (CMAS)
- The deepest free-immersion female freediver in the USA in 2018 with a dive to -70 meters / 230 ft. (AIDA)
- Freedived to -73.5 meters / 241 ft. in free-immersion during training
- On the the USA National Freediving Team
- 5 min 20 sec breath-hold
- PADI Ambassadiver
- Freediving Instructor (AIDA, PADI and Apnea Academy)
- Advanced Equalization Instructor & Monofin Instructor (Apnea Academy)
- Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer
- Writer of motivational blog with freediving stories and poetry at reneeblundon.com
- Founder of Freediving.Life and Seaunseen.com
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 and Instructor Trainer, AIDA Freediving Instructor, competed in five freediving competitions and taught/coached over 200 students.
2015, RedCcup (Nov. 6 & 9), Dahab, Egypt
Free Immersion -48 m / 157 ft, Constant Weight -40m / 131 ft
2015, Freedive Dahab Mini Comp (Nov. 23), Dahab, Egypt
Free Immersion -56 m / 184 ft
2016, RedCcup (Aug. 25-27), Dahab, Egypt
Free Immersion -57 m / 187 ft, Constant Weight -55m / 180 ft, Static 4:05
2017, Russian Freediving Competition (May 30-31), Dahab, Egypt
Constant Weight -50 m / 164 ft, Constant Weight -56m / 183 ft
2017, RedCcup (October 24-26), Dahab, Egypt
Free-Immersion -60 m / 197 ft, Free-Immersion -63m / 206 ft
2nd Place Overall Female Winner
2018, RedCcup (May 30-31), Dahab, Egypt
Free-Immersion -68 m / 223 ft, Free-Immersion -70 m / 230 ft
1st Place Overall Female Winner
1st Place Winner for Female Deepest Free-Immersion Dive
2018, RedCcup (Aug. 27-30), Dahab, Egypt
Free-Immersion -62 m / 203 ft, Free-Immersion -64 m / 210 ft, -66m / 217 ft.
2nd Place Overall Female Winner
Placed #3 out of 10 in Free-Immersion
2018, CMAS Freediving World Championship (Oct. 1-7), Kas, Turkey
Constant Weight with Fins -60 m / 197 ft, Free-Immersion -62 m / 203 ft.
USA National Record in Free-Immersion
Placed #8 out of 23 in Free-Immersion
Placed #10 out of 28 in Constant Weight with Fins
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 PROJECTS
Renee expresses her passion for freediving through creative underwater video projects and photography. 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, trekking, drawing, rock climbing, photography, videography, underwater hockey, yoga and singing.
Work Ethic & Commitment: Describing Renee as a hard worker doesn't do her justice at all - the drive and commitment she gives to herself & her sponsors both in and out of the water is infectious and inspiring. Even when faced with huge challenges, she has the fortitude to overcome adversity by turning it into a learning outcome. She couldn't have demonstrated this better than at her first World Championships in 2018 with a series of well executed, measured performances. Emerging as one of the top athletes in this sport - we're all really proud of her achievements to date and are excited to see her journey unfold
Nutrition: Does Renee have a weakness for delicious cakes? Who doesn't?! Does she know the value of nutrition? Trust me, I would advise anyone to guard her chia seed drink whilst out on the water with their life, haha! Getting the balance right is hard for everyone - Renee's focus is unquestionably driven by her appetite to succeed! You simply cant put in her volume of training & maintain the required presence of mind this sport demands without the right fuel & lifestyle balance being there.
Character: Most often its an intangible energy or a feeling that someone emits which is a simple truth. Renee has a quiet confidence that she holds close to her heart. I actually experienced Renee's artwork before meeting her in person whilst a friend was house sitting for her - I recall carefully detailed pen and ink drawings, purposefully framed depicting the coastlines and topography around Dahab. There is a fastidiousness, sensitivity & love reflected in these and in the way she interacts with trusted confidents (not to mention her little feline bundles of fluff) which is really charming.
I was in Dahab for two weeks for freediving training and Renee's coaching was excellent. She displayed impressive determination, customer service and commitment. The overall organization was always great even in a sometimes challenging environment. Thanks to Renee's experience she was able to develop my technique and the mind-set I was approaching free diving with. Her way of coaching was safety oriented and conservative. I was always feeling safe during my dives. This was probably one of the reasons I was able to learn a lot from this experience. I will surely recommend her to any friends who would either begin with freediving or further develop their skills.
I came to Dahab looking for a laid back rest from traveling, I was met with a huge freediving family community. I decided to try freediving to see if I could improve my air consumption on open circuit scuba, what I learned was much more. I was referred to Renee by several people in Dahab we met for coffee, and I could instantly see how much passion she had for the sport. Renee is extremely dedicated, and literally lives to dive. Over four days of training and coaching I learned the different disciplines of freediving, how to practice breath hold techniques, how to stretch and get in the proper frame of mind to dive, physiology behind breathe hold and so much more than any text and article could offer. What I enjoyed most was how professional the coaching was delivered in such a laid back relaxed comfortable space. Whether you want to improve technique, gain depth, overcome your fears, Renee will safely provide and environment where you can challenge your self and grow as a person and a diver.
I came to Dahab to train and improve my water confidence for my upcoming assessment and selection for a special operations forces unit. Renee exceeded my expectations by far. She is not only teaching you about all the various freediving skills, but also invests a lot of time in meditation, breathing techniques and stretching. She is very passionate in whatever she is teaching. I can highly recommenced Renee to everyone, it would not matter if you would be just beginning to freedive or an elite freediver, she will adapt to your needs quickly. Thank you Renee for making a better underwater swimmer out of me!