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AFC Committee & Team


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 in digital marketing.


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.


Cameron Collard


Joined AFC early 2021 with a desire to learn to dive deeper while spearfishing, an activity which I had only just taken up as well.

Aided by many years as a competitive swimmer in my youth, I enjoy both the training and competitive side of freediving.

Also very keen to learn more about the technical side of the sport from this welcoming club community.

More about Cam: Electronic engineer by trade, but manages Compliance and Projects for a Payments company these days.

I greatly enjoy boating, fishing & diving with my young family as well as most other outdoors activities.

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.


Vaughan Podbielski

Committee Support


Lorenzo Garcia

Committee Support - Equality & Diversity

Holley Mckee

Committee Support

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