Kathryn Nevatt

Showing in: Wanaka

Wanaka Session 13: Old Fashioned Story Telling Wednesday July 3
7,30pm (doors open with live music at 7.00pm)




Kathryn Nevatt is a freediver based in Queenstown. Freediving is simply holding your breath while diving underwater; recreationally good for spearfishing and exploring coral reefs, and also a competitive sport.

Kathryn Nevatt has been freediving since 2005. She has worked her way from absolute beginner to being one of the best freedivers in the world. She has held numerous New Zealand and Oceanic records, along with a world record in Dynamic without fins and World Champion in Static Apnea. In Lignano, Italy, at the AIDA Indoor World Champs in 2011, she became World Champion in Static Apnea, won silver in Dynamic without fins and placed 4th in Dynamic Apnea. She was recognised as runner up to the World’s Best Female Freediver for 2011.

In 2008 and 2009 she set four unofficial and one official world record in the distance-based pool event of Dynamic without fins, swimming underwater breaststroke for 159m on a single breath. This achievement was published in the 2010 Guinness Book of World Records (as Kathryn McPhee). At the 2009 indoor world championships in Denmark she won medals in all three events. Kathryn was voted ‘World’s best female freediver of 2008’ in the ICARE awards. She has a breath hold of over 7 and a half minutes and has dived to a depth of 65m.

Kathryn is a member of the Queenstown Freediving Club, where she is involved in diving, coaching and organising local competitions and trips. The club trains regularly at Alpine Aqualand and occasionally at the Wanaka Pool. Kathryn is excited about bringing the sport of freediving to the Queenstown Lakes and her story to the NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival stage.