The 2016 AIDA Team Freediving World Championships start today – Saturday 17th September – in Kalamata, Greece.  90 Athletes are descending on the competition hotel to register and train in the next two days before the first competitive dives on Monday.  The full competition runs till the 24th September.

The competition sees countries compete as teams and the tactics used by competitors often see strategic thinking by the whole team to maximize points, not just the individuals.

RELATED: Video: Training Days At The AIDA Team Freediving World Championships 2016

Some athletes have arrived early to train prior to the competition and has seen National Records for Malaysia, South Korea and Ukraine:

  • Syafidatul Azua Shafii (Malaysia) – 46m Constant Weight (CWT)
  • Sun Young Kim (South Korea) – 65m Constant Weight (CWT)
  • Nataliia Zharkova (Ukraine) – 95m Constant Weight (CWT)

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Nataliia Zharkova: 95m CWT - AIDA 2016 Team Freediving World Championships by Daan Verhoeven
Nataliia Zharkova: 95m CWT – AIDA 2016 Team Freediving World Championships by Daan Verhoeven

Stay tuned to for results and coverage from the competition over the next 8 days of world class Freediving.

Photo by Daan Verhoeven

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Stephan Whelan
Stephan is the Founder of His passion for the underwater world started at 8 years-old with a try-dive in a hotel pool on holiday that soon formulated into a passion he pursued in all his spare time. In 1996 his passion for the underwater world led him to setup When he gets time he enjoys both Freediving and Scuba Diving when not traveling for work or enjoying time with his family in London.

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