Archive for November, 2013

Another World Record for Goran Colak !


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.


Team Worlds 2014

Collage_CagliariThe vote is in the the venue for the 2014 Team World Championships will be Cagliari, Sardinia. The competition will take place in the fall with official registration on September 16 with competition ending on the 26th.

The competition fee is € 250 per athlete; this includes official training days and oxygen. Fees for additional training days and room and board are not included in this fee. A twin room with full board is €60 per day.

For more info:
The Organizer is Blue World Apnea ASD (www. blueworld
official contact is Riccardo Mura ( blueworldasd@gmail)


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


Board Notes (November)

The AIDA Board met via Skype on 2 November 2014.

Many important topics were discussed, the first of which was financial matters presented by Kimmo, Ben and Rob. Rob noted that the Assembly had recently approved financial statements for years 2006-2012, giving AIDA seven years for which complete and accurate financial statements are available. Big thanks to everyone in the Assembly that participated in this review!

It was noted again that the old PayPal account should no longer receive payments; instructors will be notified to send payments only to the new PayPal account. AIDA Nationals: when making payment to AIDA International by PayPal, please use only the following payment information: bank @

The annual officer election and 2014 budget 2014 approval vote will go out on 1 December. Offices up for election this year are: President; Education Officer; Technical Officer. If you or someone from your National would like to run for any of these offices, please send a short CV and letter of interest (on or before 21 November 2013) to: Current President Kimmo Lahtinen, Education Officer Jean-Pol François, and Technical Officer Antero Joki have each agreed to stand for office for the 2014/2015 term.

The Board reviewed the 2013 AIDA Depth World Championships held in Kalamata, Greece this September. The organizer got high marks for accommodations, meals, general logistics and in-water safety. Several minor issues, such as airport connections and organizer liaison, have been reviewed with the organizer. It was noted that AIDA-approved photographers should have access to the competition area to promote the sport and athletes. The Open Meeting was well attending and generated significant input from athletes and Nationals, and we intend to hold these at AIDA world championships going forward.

The Board voted unanimously to recommend that the Assembly approve AEA as the new National member for Spain (following the resignation of the previous AIDA Spain group), and groups from Argentina and Chile as new Observer members. Rob and Carla noted that the group in Chile appears to be ready for National membership (meeting or exceeding the required number of divers, instructors and judges). These items will go to the Assembly for vote shortly.

The Board voted unanimously to designate Petar Bojovic and Radoslaw Gaca as judges for Mr. Čolak’s upcoming world record attempt.

Rob requested that Carla work with Julien to update the AIDA member list (both on the AIDA website, and on the Secretary’s records), and separate the list into two sections: one for Nationals (i.e. full voting members), and one for Observer members.

Rik and Kimmo provided information on a funding request for a study on squeezes and related health risks related to competitive freediving. The Board agreed that this is an important area affecting a large number of athletes, and that funding research in this area appeared warranted in 2014.

Antero provided an update on the project to update the AIDA Competition Rules. A clean up version, intended mainly to clean up ambiguities and resolve known problem areas, is projected to go to the Assembly for review and approval early next year. Separate from the clean up version (but possibly at the same time), several larger issues (e.g. possible changes to the grab rules) will also be sent to the Assembly for individual line-item review and vote, prior to inclusion in the competition rules.

The Executive Board reviewed two proposals for the 2014 AIDA Team World Championships: one for Kalamata, Greece, and the other for Sardinia, Italy. Both appear to be solid proposals. The Board will ask the Assembly to select a location for next year’s AIDA Team World Championships, the vote likely to start in the second week of November. AIDA Nationals are requested to review these proposals with their membership, and vote to select a competition location.

The Executive Board reviewed input from Nationals regarding possible changes to the scheduling of future AIDA World Championship competitions, and on the format of the Team World Championships. Given the clear guidance from the Nationals on these subjects, the Board voted to recommend to the Assembly two proposals: the first to change the scheduling of world championships so that pool and depth competitions are held in alternate years, and the second to maintain the current format of the AIDA Team World Championship, and schedule it in the same year as the pool AIDA Nationals are requested to review these proposals with their membership, and vote on each proposal.

Kimmo reviewed the importance of AIDA’s membership in the EUF, an umbrella group for underwater sport organizations in Europe, and suggested that AIDA have a representative attend the bi-annual meetings when possible.

The next Board meeting will be held in either December or January depending on availability of the members. If you would like to add any topic to the agenda or would desire further information on the above topics, please do not hesitate to contact Kimmo, Robert, or any other Board member.

On behalf of Aida Board,
Carla Hanson, AIDA secretary