Jackie said she “felt confident and ready for this dive, despite my stomach doing continual backflips. The atmosphere around the pool was buzzing and the water was cold so I was having a little trouble getting in the zone. As soon as my head submerged, my nerves disappeared and I was in my own little world.
I felt much more streamlined than normal, I was really enjoying my glides. I was told later that it looked as if I was waiting until I was completely still before I took a kick or a pull. I was just enjoying the sensation of the journey.”
Jackie is a freediving and yoga instructor who lives and trains in Perth, Australia. She trains in a pool, near her house, twice a week with her partner and coach Dave Gull.
Dynamic No Fins (DNF) is performed by swimming without fins in a pool with the athlete holding their breath swimming as far as they can using a modified breaststroke technique. Distance is measured with the use of a metered tape measure.