Category: Competitions

Technical Officer Antero Joki to Lead Accident Review

As many of you know, United States freediver Nicholas Mevoli passed away yesterday after a competition dive at the Vertical Blue Competition at Dean’s Blue Hole, Bahamas.  On behalf of AIDA International, I would like to send my deepest regrets to Nick’s family and friends.  Nick was a Silver Medalist at this year’s Depth World Championship, and a man who brought warmth and humor to the freediving world.

Safety is the highest objective to AIDA in both freediving education and competition, and this tragic accident is the first fatality in over 20 years of AIDA competitions.  Accordingly, I have asked AIDA Technical Officer Antero Joki to lead a review of the accident, in order to learn what we can do to prevent further serious injuries.  Working with Antero on this effort will be AIDA Medical Officer Rik Rösken, diving medical researcher Erika Shagatay, and elite freediver and physician Johan Dahlström.

I have asked Antero to complete his review and report his findings to the Board in early 2014.  I plan to communicate the results of this review to the AIDA Assembly and freediving community by February, before the start of the Northern hemisphere’s summer diving season.  Please join me in giving your full support to Antero and his team on this critical project.

Kimmo Lahtinen
President, AIDA International

 

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!