Category: Records

Safety Enhancement Projects

AIDA freedivers, I would like to update you on AIDA’s activities following the fatal accident of diver Nicholas Mevoli at last November’s Vertical Blue competition.  This was the first fatality at an AIDA competition since our founding over 20 years ago, and we are working hard to learn all we can to prevent serious accidents in the future.

As you may know, AIDA asked a team of medical experts to review the evidence relating to the accident, to identify factors that contributed to the accident, and to make suggestions as to how to mitigate such factors in the future.  This team completed their review of the evidence in January (other than autopsy reports, which had not yet arrived), and reported their findings to the AIDA Board; AIDA Board then delivered those findings to the AIDA Assembly on 31th of January.  Once the autopsy reports are received, the medical experts will review them and update their findings.

The AIDA Board has also commenced a multi-part safety enhancement program to make changes based on what we have learned from the accident.  The first part of this project will address changes to the AIDA Competition Rules and safety guidelines.  The second part will address changes to the AIDA education system, to help students better understand the dangers from squeezes, and from “goal oriented” freediving.  The third part will be the implementation of a web-based Incident Reporting System, which will allow AIDA to monitor major and minor accidents, and work proactively to prevent address patterns of problems.  A fourth part will be medical research into squeezes and freediving funded by AIDA, and by Professor Erika Schagatay (an expert in this area).

I will report back to you this spring on our progress on this important program.  I hope to have key parts in place by the time diving season starts in the Northern hemisphere summer.

Kimmo Lahtinen
President, AIDA International

 

Another World Record for Goran Colak !

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Goran Colak of Croatia has added another World Record to his impressive list of accomplishments. He swam underwater without the aid of a fin to a distance of 225m. He moved in a relaxed pace with a time of 4:30.

Goran had hoped to add more meters to this record with attempts in days following this dive but he was not feeling well and was not able to do so. Goran now holds the World Records in both Dynamic Apnea with fin and without. He also holds the Croatian National in record in static apnea.

Congratulations to Goran, the undisputed KIng of the Pool !
This record will be official pending doping test results.

 

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!