Category: Records

New World Record Men’s Variable Weight 146 meters

1 November 2015 , Kalamata, Greece.

The record attempt teamThe sun shone upon Stavros Kastrinakis, Aida International Renaissance Man: Instructor/ trainer, Judge, Organizer extraodonaire and now World Record holder. Stavros is best known for assisting others to reach their freediving goals but today he achieved a very well-deserved record of his own (pending doping test). Stavros said “The dive itself felt good once I was in the water and the way down was smooth and easy with my equalization holding well all the way to the bottom. The way up was long and at around 50m I had a feeling of “how much longer will I have to swim for? At that point I met my deep scooter safety Nicholas and I re-composed myself and continued to the surface were I completed a very clean surface protocol which I was happy about. I am glad to be ending our first season in Kalamata at such a high note and I am looking forward to the future.”

Stavros“I would like to thank my AIDA Judges Radek Gaca & Dave Tranfield, our medical/safety team: our Doctor Dr. Panagiotis Giannopoulos, Rescuers Thanasis Baltas, Christos Keis & Robert Kaponis, and safety team Nicholas Kouvaras (organizer), Stefanos Chaniotis (boat operator), Dimitrus Bertinelli (safety diver). We also would like to help the supporters of the record attempt: The Municipality of Kalamata and Mr Haris Vgenis for their support for the event, Elite Resort Hotel for hosting the event and providing logistical support, XT Diving Pro for its support and amazing wetsuits, UK Germany for providing UW housings, Rescue Team Messinia and last but not least the Central Hospital of Kalamata.
Finally I have to extend a massive thank you to all freedivers out there for sending their cool vibes and messages of support during our preparation and to AIDA International for helping us put this record together in such a short time. Thank you all”

We congratulate Stavros on the impressive achievement .


Nanja van de Broek: New World Record in Variable Weight

Nanja 18 October 2015 Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. In a dive time of 3:00 minutes, Nanja successfully plunged to 130 meters. She was assisted by a sled to make the descent (time 1:10) and used her own power and a monofin to make the ascent. Aida International judges, Darija Subotin and Denys Rylov, said Nanja was very strong and completed the surface protocol in a mere 9 seconds.

Nanja who hails from Haarlem, Netherlands , said the dive was not easy and she had a few small equalization problems. She had been thinking about Natalia Molchanova, as she admired her greatly and “feels honored ” to now have this record that Natalia previously held at 127m. “She was so important to me”.
We congratulate Nanja on this impressive accomplishment. The record is pending the results of the official doping test.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – The Worlds Most Accomplished and Famous Female Freediver, Natalia Molchanova, is Missing.


Photo: DeeDee Flores

Formentera, Spain. Natalia Molchanova was recreationally freediving off the coast of Spain on August 2, 2015 when she was separated from her peers. She was diving without fins to around 30 to 40 m and supposable got into strong underwater current. Search efforts have been ongoing during daylight hours and the next day since she was reported missing by three peers. She disappeared while diving approximately two miles northwest of the port of La Savina at Poniente de es Freus.

Natalia Molchanova is the most decorated competitive freediver in the world, holding 41 World Records and is a 23 time World Champion in Freediving. Natalia trained hard for her sport, she had a nine minute breath hold, could dive to a depth of 101m using a fin and swim a distance of 234m with a fin. Along with being one of the top athletes in the world she has a PhD in Pedagogical Science and has authored multiple scientific articles and two freediving training handbooks. She is the creator and current president of the Freediving Federation of Russia. She designed and taught freediving programs all over the world. She is based out of Moscow and has created one of the most vibrant recreational freediving communities in the world. Natalia has trained thousands of people to freedive in locations worldwide.

Natalia is a proud mother of Oksana and Alexey. She loved children and was awaiting the day when she would become a Grandmother. She was an inspiration to all freedivers and despite being one of the fiercest competitors in the world, she was always calm and relaxed during competitions. She said “birth and death are important, but freediving competitions are just games for adults”. The cause of Natalia’s disappearance is unknown, but she was doing what she loved. Natalia has a passion for freediving that burned so deep inside of her that she dedicated her life to it.

Contact: Galina Zveryaeva ( –


Season’s Greetings from AIDA International!


Fellow AIDA freedivers, we look forward to a safe, productive and enjoyable 2015: continuing AIDA’s mission of developing the sport of freediving around the world. We hope to see as many of you as possible at the 2015 AIDA Individual World Championships: Pool World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia (19-28 June), and Depth World Championships in Limassol, Cyprus (11-20 September).

Best wishes for the Holidays to you and your families from the AIDA International Board:

Kimmo Lahtinen, President
Robert King, Vice President
Carla Hanson, Secretary
Ben Noble, Treasurer
Vedran Milat, Treasurer Elect
Ute Gessmann, Sport Officer
Antero Joki, Technical Officer
Jean-Pol François, Education Officer
Per Westin, Medical and Science Officer
Julien Alias, ITC Officer
Petar Bojovic, Judge Responsible&Legal officer


New World Record in Dynamic Apnea No-fins


9 November 2014 Brno, Czech Republic

Experienced diver Mateusz Malina of Krakow, Poland achieved a long-time goal of being a World Record diver. In a time of 4:27, he swam underwater for 226m . He surfaced with a very strong protocol and received a well-deserved white card from the judges.

Since 2012 Matt had been training all disciplines, except static, regularly. He trained pool several times a week and did exhale dives to maintain lung flexibility, once a week in a nearby quarry. In his opinion, this training achieved ‘modest results”. Then in July 2013 he “focused solely on DNF,FIM, and CNF” because he believes they are all connected. Matt said “It works pretty well for me” and it certainly seems that he is correct.

Congratulations and well done Matt!