Smart Discount Shops sponsoring the AIDA DEPTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 in Limassol
Limassol had been selected to host the 2015 AIDA Individual Depth World Championships which will took place between September 5 and 20 of 2015.
Freediving is a form of underwater diving that relies on divers’ ability to hold their breath until resurfacing rather than on the use of a breathing apparatus such as scuba gear. World Championships had been selected to take place in Cyprus by AIDA International (International Association for Development of Apnea) and saw athletes from 28 countries – including Europe, the Americas, Australia and Asia – taking part.
Over 150 freedivers visited Limassol for the championships and they were accompanied by a further 250 people including coaches and assistants.
Cyprus had been selected after getting the nod ahead of Kalamata in Greece and Caribbean. Cypriot freediving school ‘Free2Dive’ had been assigned the organisation of the event on the island while the games were also supported by AIDA Cyprus.
The Cypriot organisers had won over the AIDA officials after pushing forward the island’s favourable weather conditions as well as its clean and warm waters.
The Lady Thetis and Constantis and the Zenovia wreck diving spots also helped in ensuring the games landed in Cyprus.
The games took place in the sea off Limassol on a specially-designed 500m2 vessel belonging to EDT Offshore which is one of the sponsors. The event was also sponsored by the Limassol Municipality while the Cyprus Tourism Organisation – which saw the event as another great way to promote tourism on the island – is the golden sponsor of the games.
The world championship games have been going strong since being first introduced some 20 years ago
Competitive freediving is currently governed by two world associations: AIDA International and CMAS (World Underwater Federation). There are currently nine disciplines used by official governing bodies and a dozen disciplines that are only practiced locally.
Most types of competitive freediving have in common that it is an individual sport based on the best individual achievement.
All disciplines can be done by both men and women and, while done outdoors, no differences in the environment between records are recognised any longer.
The term ‘freediving’ is often associated with competitive breath-hold diving or competitive apnea.
Smart Discount Shops was a major sponsor for this international event.