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!
4 September 2013 Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt: William Winram of Canada descended to 145m on a sled to achieve a new world record in variable weight. William made the dive with ease following a significant training regime, including doing a constant weight record dive with bi-fins at the Caribbean Cup in Roatan.
The crew in Sharm included the Canadian safety team and William’s wife Michele Monico, along with judges Grant Graves and Pim Vermeulen.
William is a long-time Aida competitor, instructor, record-holder, and a well known shark conservationist.
We congratulate William and all who supported him in this effort. The record will be official pending doping test results.
The Aida International Board held a meeting via Skype call in August 11, 2013.
The first discussion was about the media plan for the Depth World Championships in Kalamata, Greece, September 15- 22. Aida International will have a web channel dedicated to posting all pertinent information with announcements, start times, and results. We will include daily athlete interviews, photos, and videos. We will also be tweeting ” live” with unofficial results as the dives are completed. As with all competitions; the results are pending bottom plate confirmation and any protests but we want to get immediate information out to everyone, as soon as the official results are available.
In regards to Kalamata; Grant Graves will be the competition jury president with Jean-Pol Francois as V.P. We also plan to have a general meeting to discuss a very limited number of important topics including the Judge IOP document renewal, the competition rules update, Aida world championships competition concept and Aida world record attempts. All athletes are encouraged to attend and participate in the discussion.
The Board voted to approve Alex Boulting as an Instructor Trainer. Alex is based in the UAE and brings much needed expertise to this region.
The Board discussed the possibility of Argentina and Chile becoming Observer members. The Assembly will be asked to vote on approving these two groups to join Aida International in near future (as soon all the official documentation are completed).
Rik Rosken, medical officer, contributed information on several projects he has been working on, including the safe freediving guidelines and guidelines regarding WADA and doping standards. Rik is also proposing to start a foundation for funding research on specific freediving medical issues. This would be a long-term project and is in the beginning planning stages.
The Board decided to approve the deadline of September 30 for proposals for the Team Worlds 2014. Any interested organizers should get their proposals in to Sport officer, Ute Gessman. The Board also voted to continue the moratorium on No-Limits dives. Sufficient progress has not been made to improve safety standards, at this point in time.
We look forward to seeing everyone in Kalamata and hearing your input at the general meeting. Please do not hesitate to contact the Aida Board at any time with any questions or concerns. We want to hear from you !
We are pleased to announced that the world records which were achieved at the World Championships are now official. The doping tests results are negative for any banned substances. Goran Colak bettered his own record to 281 meters in dynamic apnea for the men and Natalia Molchanova accomplished a record in all three disciplines for the women with 9:02 in static apnea, 182 meters in dynamic no-fins, and 234 meters in dynamic apnea.
Congratulations to both of these amazing athletes!
AIDA International Board
Belgrade, Serbia – This morning’s final event of the 2013 AIDA Pool World Championships–Static Apnea (timed breath hold, STA)–brought another world record for women, and a dramatic finish in the Men’s final.
In the women’s A final, Natalia Molchanova of Russia set a third consecutive world record to take the gold medal–this time in Static Apnea–holding her breath for fantastic 9 minutes and 2 seconds; this was the first official women’s performance over nine minutes. Silver went to Veronika Dittes of Austria with 7 minutes and 44 seconds, and Gabriela Grezlova from Czech Republic took bronze with 6 minutes and 54 seconds.
In yesterday’s Dynamic Apnea final the woman’s heat stole the show–with three performances exceeding the previous world record–but today the men’s final provided the drama. Goran Čolak of Croatia took gold with 8 minutes 59 seconds, and Giorgos Panagiotakis of Greece and Eugen Goettling of Austria surfaced simultaneously at 8 minutes 46 seconds to take the other two spots on the podium. Following AIDA International’s competition rules, silver was awarded to Giorgos based on his announced performance being longer than Eugen’s: by a single second.
AIDA’s 2013 Pool World Championship concludes with four new world records, and seven performances over previous world records. Over 140 athletes from 24 countries competed in this event, making it AIDA’s largest pool world championship ever. Many thanks to the host and organizer AIDA Serbia for running such a successful and entertaining event!
AIDA PR/Media Officer