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Diver Fatality at Vertical Blue

It is with great sadness that I inform you that Nicholas Mevoli, of the United States, passed away today after a dive at the 2013 Vertical Blue Competition.  Nick had performed a constant weight no fins dive to 72m, reached depth, and swam back to the surface successfully.  Nick attempted to complete the surface protocol, but was unsuccessful and had difficulty breathing.  He lost consciousness, and in spite of great efforts by the doctor and paramedic on site, failed to recover after reaching the local hospital.  Nick appears to have suffered from a depth-related injury to his lungs.

Nick lived in Brooklyn, New York, and worked in the television industry.  He was a passionate waterman, spearfisherman and freediver, and vocal advocate for the sport in the United States.  Nick was an extraordinary talent, breaking the US constant weight record shortly after beginning competitive freedive in 2012.  This year, Nick took second place in the inaugural Caribbean Cup in Roatan, first place at the Deja Blue competition in Curaçao, and a silver medal in constant no fins at this year’s AIDA Depth World Championship in Greece.

Nick’s friends will miss his warm smile and sense of humor, and eagerness to spearfish and dive at any time.

Aida Board


Board Notes (November)

The AIDA Board met via Skype on 2 November 2014.

Many important topics were discussed, the first of which was financial matters presented by Kimmo, Ben and Rob. Rob noted that the Assembly had recently approved financial statements for years 2006-2012, giving AIDA seven years for which complete and accurate financial statements are available. Big thanks to everyone in the Assembly that participated in this review!

It was noted again that the old PayPal account should no longer receive payments; instructors will be notified to send payments only to the new PayPal account. AIDA Nationals: when making payment to AIDA International by PayPal, please use only the following payment information: bank @

The annual officer election and 2014 budget 2014 approval vote will go out on 1 December. Offices up for election this year are: President; Education Officer; Technical Officer. If you or someone from your National would like to run for any of these offices, please send a short CV and letter of interest (on or before 21 November 2013) to: Current President Kimmo Lahtinen, Education Officer Jean-Pol François, and Technical Officer Antero Joki have each agreed to stand for office for the 2014/2015 term.

The Board reviewed the 2013 AIDA Depth World Championships held in Kalamata, Greece this September. The organizer got high marks for accommodations, meals, general logistics and in-water safety. Several minor issues, such as airport connections and organizer liaison, have been reviewed with the organizer. It was noted that AIDA-approved photographers should have access to the competition area to promote the sport and athletes. The Open Meeting was well attending and generated significant input from athletes and Nationals, and we intend to hold these at AIDA world championships going forward.

The Board voted unanimously to recommend that the Assembly approve AEA as the new National member for Spain (following the resignation of the previous AIDA Spain group), and groups from Argentina and Chile as new Observer members. Rob and Carla noted that the group in Chile appears to be ready for National membership (meeting or exceeding the required number of divers, instructors and judges). These items will go to the Assembly for vote shortly.

The Board voted unanimously to designate Petar Bojovic and Radoslaw Gaca as judges for Mr. Čolak’s upcoming world record attempt.

Rob requested that Carla work with Julien to update the AIDA member list (both on the AIDA website, and on the Secretary’s records), and separate the list into two sections: one for Nationals (i.e. full voting members), and one for Observer members.

Rik and Kimmo provided information on a funding request for a study on squeezes and related health risks related to competitive freediving. The Board agreed that this is an important area affecting a large number of athletes, and that funding research in this area appeared warranted in 2014.

Antero provided an update on the project to update the AIDA Competition Rules. A clean up version, intended mainly to clean up ambiguities and resolve known problem areas, is projected to go to the Assembly for review and approval early next year. Separate from the clean up version (but possibly at the same time), several larger issues (e.g. possible changes to the grab rules) will also be sent to the Assembly for individual line-item review and vote, prior to inclusion in the competition rules.

The Executive Board reviewed two proposals for the 2014 AIDA Team World Championships: one for Kalamata, Greece, and the other for Sardinia, Italy. Both appear to be solid proposals. The Board will ask the Assembly to select a location for next year’s AIDA Team World Championships, the vote likely to start in the second week of November. AIDA Nationals are requested to review these proposals with their membership, and vote to select a competition location.

The Executive Board reviewed input from Nationals regarding possible changes to the scheduling of future AIDA World Championship competitions, and on the format of the Team World Championships. Given the clear guidance from the Nationals on these subjects, the Board voted to recommend to the Assembly two proposals: the first to change the scheduling of world championships so that pool and depth competitions are held in alternate years, and the second to maintain the current format of the AIDA Team World Championship, and schedule it in the same year as the pool AIDA Nationals are requested to review these proposals with their membership, and vote on each proposal.

Kimmo reviewed the importance of AIDA’s membership in the EUF, an umbrella group for underwater sport organizations in Europe, and suggested that AIDA have a representative attend the bi-annual meetings when possible.

The next Board meeting will be held in either December or January depending on availability of the members. If you would like to add any topic to the agenda or would desire further information on the above topics, please do not hesitate to contact Kimmo, Robert, or any other Board member.

On behalf of Aida Board,
Carla Hanson, AIDA secretary


New world record for women´s free immersion!

Jeanine 90 meters!

Photo by Daan Verhoeven –

Jeanine Grasmeijer of the Netherlands set a new AIDA Freediving World Record, in the women’s free immersion (FIM) discipline, with an extraordinary dive to -90m (295 feet).  Jeanine broke the previous record, held by Natalia Mochanova, at the 2013 Kalamata Open: the pre-competition to the 2013 AIDA Depth World Championships in Kalamata, Greece, commencing on 16 September. (Coverage of the 2013 AIDA Depth World Championships will be available at:  Jeanine’s dive took approximately 4:20 (all on a single breath of air). Jeanine is 20 years old and only recently started to compete–we expect to hear more from this exciting young diver!


Board Notes August

The Aida International Board held a meeting via Skype call in August 11, 2013.

The first discussion was about the media plan for the Depth World Championships in Kalamata, Greece, September 15- 22.  Aida International will have a web channel dedicated to posting all pertinent information with announcements, start times, and results. We will include daily athlete interviews, photos, and videos. We will also be tweeting ” live” with unofficial results as the dives are completed. As with all competitions; the results are pending bottom plate confirmation and any protests but we want to get immediate information out to everyone, as soon as the official results are available.

In regards to Kalamata; Grant Graves will be the competition jury president with Jean-Pol Francois as V.P. We also plan to have a general meeting to discuss a very limited number of important topics including the Judge IOP document renewal, the competition rules update, Aida world championships competition concept and Aida world record attempts. All athletes are encouraged to attend and participate in the discussion.

The Board voted to approve Alex Boulting as an Instructor Trainer. Alex is based in the UAE and brings much needed expertise to this region.

The Board discussed the possibility of Argentina and Chile becoming Observer members. The Assembly will be asked to vote on approving these  two groups to join Aida International in near future (as soon all the official documentation are completed).

Rik Rosken, medical officer, contributed information on several projects he has been working on, including the safe freediving guidelines and guidelines regarding WADA and doping standards. Rik is also proposing to start a foundation for funding research on specific freediving medical issues. This would be a long-term project and is in the beginning planning stages.

The Board decided to approve the deadline of September 30 for proposals for the Team Worlds 2014. Any interested organizers should get their proposals in to Sport officer, Ute Gessman. The Board also voted to continue the moratorium on No-Limits dives. Sufficient progress has not been made to improve safety standards, at this point in time.

We look forward to seeing everyone in Kalamata and hearing your input at the general meeting. Please do not hesitate to contact the Aida Board at any time with any questions or concerns. We want to hear from you !

AIDA Board








New World Records Verified

We are pleased to announced that the world records which were achieved at the World Championships are now official. The doping tests results are negative for any banned substances. Goran Colak bettered his own record to 281 meters in dynamic apnea for the men and Natalia Molchanova accomplished a record in all three disciplines for the women with 9:02 in static apnea, 182 meters in dynamic no-fins, and 234 meters in dynamic apnea.

Congratulations to both of these amazing athletes!


AIDA International Board