Category: Competitions

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

 

Men’s Constant Weight New World Record

Alexey 128 m19 September 2013, Kalamata, Greece
Alexey Molchanov of Russia increased his own world record in Constant Weight to 128m in a dive time of 3:38. He was coached by his mother, world record diver, Natalia Molchanova. Alexey had made this depth earlier in the year but the record did not count because he did not have a tag. We congratulate him on another great achievement.

 

 

Women’s CNF New World Record

Natalia ascending from 69m 16 September – Kalamata, Greece
Natalia Molchanova increased her previous record to 69 meters in constant weight no-fins. The dive time was 3:09 . In a spectacular start to the Depth World Championships. Natalia was coached by her son, Alexey Molchanov, the current record holder in Men’s Constant Weight.

We look forward to the remaining days of the competition with the Constant Weight and Free Immersion disciplines and expect great performances from the athletes competing here.
Full results can be found on the Aida Website News: Kalamata pages.http://aidainternational.org/news/kalamatanews/competition-day-1-cnf.

 

New world record for women´s free immersion!

Jeanine 90 meters!

Photo by Daan Verhoeven – www.daanverhoeven.com

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: http://www.aidainternational.org/).  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