Almost Time for the 30th AIDA World Championship!
The International Association for the Development of Apnea (AIDA) is heading to the home of the haenyeo –female divers who have been freediving harvest mollusks and other sea life since the 18th century – for the 30th AIDA World Championship. The competition will welcome nearly 200 freedivers from more than 30 countries to Jeju Island in South Korea from 10-17 June 2023 and feature friendly competition, live training sessions and more.
It will be the first AIDA world championship in this part of the world, where freediving’s popularity is growing rapidly.
During the world championship, athletes will compete in one or more of the four freediving pool disciplines:
- Static (STA): the freediver holds their breath for as long as possible with their airways submerged underwater. This discipline boasts the longest-standing unbeaten records, with 14 years for the men and 10 years for the women.
- Dynamic With Fins (DYN): the freediver swims underwater while holding their breath for the longest possible distance with the assistance of fins/monofin.
- Dynamic With Bifins (DYNB): the freediver swims underwater while holding their breath for the longest possible distance with the assistance of bifins. It is the newest freediving discipline, added to the line-up in 2018.
- Dynamic No Fins (DNF): the freediver swims underwater while holding their breath for the longest possible distance without the assistance of propulsion aids, making it the most demanding of the pool freediving disciplines.
The competition will be streamed live on AIDA’s YouTube Channel starting 12 June 2023.
The complete schedule of events, start lists, and results can be found on the official AIDA Pool World Championship Jeju 2023 website.