Blue Element Freediving was founded by world-class freedivers Jonathan Sunnex (-110m CWT) and Sofía Gómez Uribe (3x World Record Holder). The training centre is located in the idyllic Soufriere Bay in Dominica, where you can enjoy perfect diving conditions year-round.
Apart from hosting an annual freediving competition, Blue Element offers training, coaching, camps, and courses for all levels, from beginner to elite. With perfect conditions and a team of world-class instructors, this is the place to achieve your potential!
In 2011, Jonathan made a decision to commit his life to breath-hold diving. Within the year he was achieving depths greater than 70 meters, and soon after, he had broken the magical 100-meter barrier in CWT. He was the winner of the prestigious Triple Depth and Deep Dahab competitions in 2011, and in 2012 and 2013 (only his second and third years of freediving), he achieved top 5 world rankings in both FIM and CWT. Jonathan has represented New Zealand at the 2011 and 2013 Depth World championships, and in 2013 was the winner of the bronze medal for men’s FIM.
Jonathan is a world-renowned safety diver. He was a member of the Vertical Blue Safety Team in 2012, and in 2014 he returned as Chief of Safety and Event Manager for the competition referred to as “The Wimbledon of freediving” by The New York Times. His team of expert safety divers raised the bar and brought a new level of professionalism to safety at high-level freediving events. Since then, he has featured prominently on the competition circuit as an organiser and chief of safety. Jonathan assumed the role of AIDA Safety Officer in 2017, and together with an expert panel, he strives to improve the safety of freediving for all.
As a coach and instructor, Jonathan has helped athletes achieve five world records, more than 70 national and continental records, world number one rankings, and world championship medals. He is an AIDA and PADI Instructor trainer, SSI Master Instructor, and EFR instructor.
Sofía Gómez Uribe
Sofía Gómez Uribe was born in Pereira, Colombia. She studied in the Inmaculado Corazón de María school where she graduated with honors in 2008. She has been practising underwater sports since she was 10 years old. She started as a synchronized swimmer, and in 2002, began finswimming—a sport that she would practice until 2014. After graduating high school, she moved to Bogotá and then to Medellín, where she continues living, to study civil engineering and to continue finswimming.
Since 2009, she competes for Antioquia and even though she wasn’t born there, she feels she is an “antioqueña de corazón.”
Sofía started training and competing freediving in 2011, when, almost by accident, she discovered her passion for the sport. Since then, she has made outstanding performances in both national and international freediving competitions, earning countless medals and obtaining national, continental, pan-American, and even world records.
Apart from being a successful freediver, Sofía is also a civil engineer who graduated from the Universidad de Medellín.