AIDA Spotlight - Meet Karoline Meyer: AIDA Instructor Trainer and Judge Instructor
How long have you been freediving?
I used to freedive for fun as a child. With my family, we used to have competitions in our pool at home. I also spent whole days at sea because I loved collecting shells.
I watched the movie Imensidão Azul (The Big Blue), I discovered a deep passion for the sport and looked for something in my country, but there was nothing, so I took scuba diving courses and went snorkeling with underwater fishermen.
I started freediving and officially training for competitions in 1999. I had the great opportunity to go to Nice and learn with a French group when AIDA was just beginning.
I broke my second freediving world record in 1999 at the AIDA Red Sea Dive Off in Egypt with a time of 6 minutes and 2 seconds in Static. I also won the event with the most total points earned.
What is your favorite thing about freediving?
Freediving is a part of my life. It taught me to be a better human being in and out of the water. I learned to be more patient, listen to my own body and respect it. I also learned to work collectively and practice sports safety.
Why do you love being part of AIDA?
I love AIDA because I know its purpose. From the beginning, it was made by freedivers for freedivers. It has always excelled in democracy, and justice and acts decisively in the development of the sport. Without AIDA, we would not have evolved. AIDA is a pioneer in teaching, competition rules, records, and safety. I am very proud to be part of this world.
I have worked hard to help develop the association myself and started AIDA Brazil. I am currently an AIDA Instructor Trainer and Judge Instructor, and I have had the privilege to freedive and learn from Roland Specker, Claude Chapuis, Loic Leferme, Yoham Zekri, Mathilde Fouchard, Andy Le Sauce, Laurent Trognou, Fred Buyle, and Pierre Frolla.
I became the first Instructor and Judge for the Americas and was the judge of legends like Audry Mestre and William Trubridge.