AFC Committee & Team

Madam President

I joined the club in 2015. I came looking for buddies to join me and my monofin out in the ocean and I found a whole bunch and so much more! Recently my suit was fatally torn and I did my latest PB attempt in togs for the first time!

I love surfing when swell's too big to dive (party waves not Piha waves!), snowboarding when it's too icy to dive. Music is important too - especially when it leads to dancing!

I'm also an AIDA Three Star Freediving instructor.

Sita Stichel

I did a 3 day SSI course in 2017 in the Philippines and joined AFC in April 2019.

More about Sita: I work as an event rigger for a production company. I like hiking but don't do it enough. I recently started to force myself to Toastmasters because I hate public speaking. I'm a passionate pessimist 🙂

Allison Kennedy


My love affair with freediving started before I even knew it existed: breath holding competitions with my cousins in the community pool, diving for conch with my dad on our family holiday and snorkeling down to the sand and coral to get good fish photos. In university I first put my breath holding skills to use in
competition as part of the Illini Synchro synchronise swim team. Finally, in 2018 I took the leap and did my AFC induction to learn more about the safety aspects of breath hold diving. The fantastic and welcoming community of people, the organised and easy to access training sessions and the feeling of balance and relaxation I get after training prompted me to join the club and get more involved.

More about Allison: I am a Microsoft Certified Trainer with a Mechanical Engineering degree, so love tinkering with reports, numbers, and machines. In my non-aquatic free time you might find me travelling, knitting, in my garden or on one of New Zealand's pristine hiking trails.

Alex Poole

I joined the club in 2018 and very quickly found that freediving gives me great personal challenges both mental and physical, but also great rewards. I have enjoyed meditation for many years so the process of relaxing the mind and body has been useful in life as well as during diving. The physical awareness of your body when diving and the control required to
push your personal best has been a fulfilling journey. The club members are a great bunch of people with safety as a priority, so training sessions are always fun, with plenty of events on during the year.
More about Alex: I work as a Project Manager, play guitar, produce music and DJ, love a
good party but enjoy the quiet times too.

Phil Nofins Clayton

Been freediving since 2005, joined AFC on day1 in 2009, AIDA instructor (expired) still competing and still competitive. Love the club culture which retains the supportive, non-commercial, inclusive vibe of a group of people enjoying a sport they love.

More about Phil: Consulting engineer - earthquake geotechnical engineering. Love freediving (obviously), sailing, spearfishing and surf ski paddling. Never more at peace than when mucking around in the water.

Chris Brook

I did my first course in Hawaii. Whilst there I was lucky enough to spend some time diving though some beautiful caves, I was hooked! When I joined AFC back in October 2018, I was instantly welcomed into a very friendly, supportive community of people with an abundance of knowledge. Freediving has brought some incredible people into my life, as well as an activity I feel challenges me personally.

More about Chris: I'm a full time skydiver, lucky enough to do a job a I love and share that with other people.

Kat Mager

My diving started at the Great Barrier Reef, where I did my Scuba Open Water and had my mind blown by the underwater world. Moving on from there, I started spearfishing in September 2017 in Welly and then went on to freediving in April 2018. I love giving my best for our club!

More about Kat: Ocean lover, huntress, wildlife enthusiast, free spirit, multi-media creator. I love connecting with people and nature. Have been around the globe a bit and now treasure my life in Aotearoa and being part of some great communities. I work as a content manager and editor for an online education platform.

Adrian Bosi

Communications Support
Watching videos from various freedivers pushed me into trying it out at the end of 2016. I did a course in Puerto Madryn, Argentina with Alejandro Andres and got hooked. When I relocated to NZ, I knew I had to keep training; found AFC, got inducted and here I am. The club members are always willing to help, share knowledge and there's a big sense of camaraderie. For sure a highlight every week. Even though all disciplines are important, the one I'd choose any day of the week is DNF.

More about Adrian: I worked as QA Analyst/Tester for 10 years though my passion has always been film and music. Studied Classical Music and Music Production before realizing that my thing was Sound Post-Production (I'm the annoying person that picks apart all the sounds in a film).

Ali Khalifah

Committee Support
Started as a little boy fisherman at the age of 6, tried scuba when I was in high school and didn't like it, and then spearfishing in the Red Sea and the Arabian gulf. Joined the club in 2011 when we were only a handful of members. SSI & AIDA instructor, AIDA Judge. First one to set pool National Records in Saudi Arabia for the three disciplines. I like the diversity of nationalites in the club, although we all come from different nations, yet we are all united and helpful to each other.

More about Ali: I'm an IT Network & Administration. I enjoy kayak fishing, especially in winter, and I do a fair bit of spearfishing in summer. I grew up near the sea and started fishing when I was young. What makes me happy is seeing others smiling and happy. If you need any help with your home IT I'm always happy to help.

Brad James

AIDA 3 Star Instructor
After unsuccessfully trying to spearfish on and off for a couple of years, Brad joined AFC in 2014 to up his skills. He has since set new personal bests in every discipline leading to improved spearfishing while developing a passion for freediving which he looks forward to developing further.

Follow the Brad James Freedive Project 

Nick Rhodes

Professional Gofer
Nick is passionate about the sea with experience in sailing, windsurfing and a PADI diver.  Enjoying fishing & spearfishing introduced him to AFC & freediving as he wanted to improve his personal safety while diving.  The club and sport is full of great people who are willing to help and teach you on your journey in freediving.

Nick is on the Freediving NZ board and works to promote the sport at grassroots.

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