Archive for May, 2012

Natalia Molchanova Re-Claims CNF World Record

May 8,2012. To celebrate her birthday , Natalia Molchanova (RUS) dove to 66 meters without fins in a time of 3:30. The dive took place in the Red Sea, Dahab , Egypt on the opening day of the Russian Open Freedive Competition. Natalia had previously held the record at 62 meters which was surpassed earlier this week by Ashley Chapman(USA) with dives to 63 meters followed by 65 meters at the Deja Blue Competition in the Cayman Islands.

These are exciting times in the sport with these accomplishments by these outstanding female athletes.
Congratulations Natalia, for once again proving you are a force to be reckoned with !


New World Record Women’s Constant No-Fins

May 4, 2012

The beautiful, warm, clear, waters of the Cayman Islands, was the site of a 63 meter no-fins record dive for Ashley Futral Chapman (USA) in a time of 3:01. Ashley is an instructor for Performance Freedive International and hails from North Carolina. She had been successfully making the depth in training in the Caymans and Dean’s Blue Hole but said that it was ten times harder to do in competition with all the nerves.

Congratulations to Ashley for this great accomplishment in a very strenuous discipline.

The record will be official pending the results of the mandatory drug test.

Carla Hanson

Aida Media/ PR


Action to Recover Misappropriated Funds

As some of you may now have heard, the current AIDA Board has recently learned that a previous Board member may have misappropriated AIDA funds for personal purposes. AIDA has now filed a legal complaint for restitution of such funds.

As AIDA is currently involved in litigation on this matter, the AIDA Board will make only limited public announcements on it until litigation is complete. We appreciate your understanding regarding this point.

Please note that this matter relates only to past years: under the current Board (i.e. after Kimmo Lahtinen was elected President) standard processes and controls have been put in place to ensure that this type of incident cannot recur. In addition, this incident does not affect any current AIDA activities–such as AIDA education offerings, competitions and record attempts–all of which will continue normally.

Robert King

Secretary, AIDA International

On behalf of the AIDA Executive Board