WELCOME TO ROATAN 2019
CMAS 4TH FREEDIVING OUTDOOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Apostolos Bellos

Director of CMAS Freediving Commission


Dear athletes, officials, friends:

I would like to welcome you to the 4th CMAS World Outdoor Championship.
Freediving is a unique sport for unique persons.
It is in our nature to compete and explore our limits, setting new records.
Freediving is fun and competitions are the place that you have to be.
So i invite you, to have a great time at beautiful Roatan.

Esteban Darhanpé

Event Organizer


Freediving is a fascinating sport through which human potential is being discovered. It transcends the sports field to integrate the scientific, artistic and spiritual. It sensitizes and makes us aware of the need to preserve our seas and oceans, on which humanity depends.

Organizing the CMAS 2019 World Championship in Roatán is a great honor that entails a huge responsibility. I would especially like to thank to CMAS (Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiqués ) for entrusting us with this task; also to the sponsors and Roatan community for providing the necessary support for the realization of this event.
Athletes; coaches; CMAS representatives; sponsors; families; friends from all over the world, Roatán Freediving School & Training Center welcomes you to the 2019 CMAS World Championship.

By the way, Honduras means depth.


Legend has it that when Christopher Columbus finally reached Central America, specifically the Caribbean waters of Honduras, he expressed gratitude by saying:

“Gracias a Dios por estas Honduras / Thank God for these deep waters."

EVENT LOCATION

WEST BAY BEACH

West Bay is the beach where the event will take place. The diving platform will be located 3 minutes by boat from our headquarter, the “SAN SIMON BEACH CLUB”.

SAN SIMON BEACH CLUB

at MAYAN PRINCESS RESORT
This Beach Club has opened their doors to the freediving community and allowed us to use the club as the event headquarter.
At this venue, we will host the following amenities:

  • Registration area and Office Space / WI-FI.
  • Room for staff/helpers.
  • Judges Room.
  • Room for award ceremony.
  • Room for Event Committee.
  • Safe storage / lockers.
  • Showers and changing rooms.
  • Full bar and restaurant.
  • Lounge chairs and hammocks.

DIVE SITE

The site proposed for the competition is 0.70 m from shore ( N 16° 16 ́ 577 ́ - W -86° 36 ́ 365 ́ ), located in front of West Bay Beach and within 3 minutes by boat from our headquarter at San Simon Beach Club.

Two moorings are permanently installed on a large submerged sand patch, at a depth of 189 meters (620 feet). These moorings will then anchor the competition platforms and boats for athletes, staff, spectators and media.

MARINE INFRASTRUCTURE, PLATFORMS AND TRANSPORTATIONS

  • Two platforms with an competition line each (we have availability of install more competition lines if necessary).

  • Queen Victoria is a newly built catamaran boat, 60 ft in length, 24 ft wide, and has two 450 lbs of horsepower engines. This comfortable boat will be anchored and offer dry space in the competition area (shade, fresh water showers, bathrooms, bar) to the athletes, staff, media and Diveye team.

  • A transfer boat with a capacity of up to 20 people will be permanently available to ferry competitors, judges and staff from shore to the competition catamaran. (3 minutes boat ride).

  • One additional boat will be permanently by the dive platform for the exclusive use of emergency evacuation.

SAFETY AND MEDICAL PROTOCOLS

WE WILL HAVE

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  • 6 Experienced, trained safety divers per competition line.
  • 1 Doctor/medic on the platform per line.
  • Traditional counter balance system capable of 2+m/s assisted ascent .
  • 1 Safety scuba diver on site for counterbalance system backup.
  • Diveye (underwater drone video coverage).
  • 1 High resolution sonar per competition line.
  • Emergency evacuation boat.
  • 1 Fully equipped ambulance on standby at our headquarter San Simon Beach Club.
  • 2 Paramedics provided by Volunteer Firefighters of Roatan.
  • Medical clinic 200 meters from our headquarter San Simon Beach Club .
  • Advanced medical center and decompression chamber at 15 minute drive.
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SAFETY TEAM MEMBERS


Marco Cosentino is an Italian Freediver involved in competitive freediving since 2007. Vastly experienced as both Professional Safety Freediver and Freediving Master Instructor, in the last decade he covered the role of Chief of Safety and Senior Safety in some of the most important freediving competitions worldwide.

  • Chief of Safety Team of the Origin ECN Vertical Blue 2018 competition
  • Senior Safety Freediver in the Molchanov Grand Prix, Ibiza 2018
  • Senior Safety Diver in the Roatan AIDA Individual Depth World Championship 2017
  • Senior Safety Freediver for 9 editions of the Vertical Blue, having been a member for the first time back in the 2009
  • Chief of Safety Team in the first edition of the Nirvana Ocean Quest Competition in 2015
  • Chief of Safety Team in several other national competitions

He is currently holding the position of Chief of AIDA Safety Commitee and he is the founder and director of the the “Professional Safety Freediver”®, a specific program developed with the aim of supporting the harmonization of the competitive freediving safety standards at international level.

Marco has been teaching under AIDA International and Apnea Academy since 2004. He is a Basic Life Support Instructor, Apnea Rescue Trainer and he also obtained several certifications in Advanced Airways Management, Oxygen Providing, CPR and AED.

Marco lives a life in the water, he trains Freediving year-round, and has personal bests below 60m in all Freediving disciplines. He is also an experienced sailor and passionate spear-fisher. Marco is based in Rome where he teaches freediving, spear-fishing and sailing.

HELEN BENDEL

UK


Safety Freediver

CARA HELLER

UK


Safety Freediver

KRISTINE ZIPFEL

GERMANY


Safety Freediver

KATHLEEN GREUBEL

GERMANY


Safety Freediver

MARC ROGER

USA


Safety Freediver

MATT DEVELDEN

CANADA


Safety Freediver

MAX RAVENEL

AUSTRALIA


Safety Freediver

MARC ANOP

USA


Safety Freediver

LUCAS BRUSEAU

FRANCE


Safety Freediver

ALEX LINAS

COLOMBIA


Safety Freediver

VALENTINO RINALDI

ITALY


Safety Freediver

JONATHAN SUNNEX

NEW ZEALAND


Safety Freediver

EXPECTED WEATHER CONDITIONS


AUGUST 2019

Humid with a tropical climate.

AIR TEMPERATURE

25 - 30 C (77 - 86 F)

WATER TEMPERATURE

27 - 29 C (80 - 84 F)

Water temperature decreases
about 2 degrees at 100 mtrs

CURRENTS

Null to moderate.

VISIBILITY

24 - 40 meters (80 - 120 feet)

CMAS RULES FOR COMPETITIONS


DOWNLOAD THE RULES HERE

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION