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Mandy-Rae Cruickshank

Mandy-Rae's Freediving World Record Achievements

World record
Constant ballast 88m/289ft
Grand Cayman, BWI
April 29, 2007
3rd Place finish at the 5th AIDA Team World Championships in Hurghada, Egypt 2006
World record
Constant ballast w/o fins 50m
Grand Cayman, BWI
April 2005
World record
Free Immersion 74m
Grand Cayman, BWI
April 2005

World record
Constant ballast 78m
Grand Cayman
March, 2004

1st Place finish at the 4th AIDA Team World Championships in Vancouver, Canada 2004
World record
Constant ballast w/o fins 41m
Vancouver, Canada
September 2003
3rd Place finish at the Pacific Cup of Freediving Team competition in Kona, HI 2002
World record
Static Apnea 6:16
Vancouver, Canada
May 29, 2002
1st Place finish at the 3rd AIDA Team World Championships in Ibizia, Spain 2001
World record
No-Limits 136m
Grand Cayman, BWI
Sept 23, 2001
3rd Place finish at the World Cup of Freediving Team competition in Nice, France 2000

Personal Statistics:

Birthdate: May 10th, 1974
Height: 170 cm / 5' 8"
Weight: 58kg / 130 lbs
Resides: Vancouver, Canada
Employment: Performance Freediving International Instructor
CAFA President

Mandy is a highly motivated and determined female athlete with a great sense of humor. She has developed an excellent understanding of the diving industry during her 13 years working professionally within it as a PADI Course Director and is well respected.

Since learning to freedive in 2000, Mandy has attained 12 Canadian National records, finished first place with her Canadian women's team in the last two AIDA World Championships and has gone on to hold 7 World Records.

Physiological Measurements/Advantages

The following physiological statistics were established December 13th, 2000 during testing at Simon Fraser University with Dr. Erik Seedhouse and Dr. Andrew Blaber for an on-going freediving research study entitled Psychophysiological Testing of Novice and Elite Freedivers. It's important to bear in mind that many of the measurements will increase dramatically during a training cycle.

  • Vital Capacity of 5.86L, 47% above average of 3.97L
  • Functional VC of 6.60L, 66% above average of 3.96L
  • VO2 Max of 49 ml/kg/min
  • Equalization by swallowing head down
  • Body physiology good for high endurance training
  • Static apnea 6:25
  • Dynamic Apnea 131 meters
  • Dynamic Apnea w/o fins 100m
  • Constant Ballast 78 meters
  • Constant Ballast No-Fins 50m
  • Free Immersion 74m
  • No-limits 136 meters

Diving History

  • Performance Freediving Instructor since 2001
  • Has held 6 World Records and 12 Canadian National Records
  • Member of Team Canada since 2000 and helped the women's team to two first place finishes and four third place finishes
  • Was a competitive syncronized swimmer
  • Began scuba diving in 1985, became an instructor in 1994 and a PADI Course Director in 2000

For more information on Mandy-Rae, go to her website at

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