Tuesday, July 23, 2024

AIDA and CMAS Are Collaborating To Hold The 2021 Tampa Bay Apnea Challenge


If you plan to compete in the 2021 Tampa Bay Apnea Challenge, you’ll be able to do it under either AIDA or CMAS rules.

The competition will take place Saturday May 8th to Sunday May 9th, and is being organized by Jani Valdivia at the Apollo Beach Racquet and Fitness Club in Apollo Beach, Florida.

This event is the first freediving pool competition in the United States which will be officially judged under both CMAS and AIDA rules, according to the announcement:

“Additionally, this is the first time that a freediving pool competition is being held in the United States under CMAS rules. The US Freediving Federation (CMAS) and USA Freediving (AIDA) are collaborating to make this historic event possible for the freediving community at large. As an athlete, you have the opportunity to compete under either AIDA or CMAS rules.”

Competitors have until April 30th, 2021, to declare under which agency rules you will be performing for the entirety of the competition.

To make your declaration, you’ll need to send an email to unufreediving@gmail.com.

“This collaboration was made possible by both organizations with the support of Jani Valdivia in the spirit of Carla Sue Hanson, a long-time supporter of freediving here in the United States.”

Not only that, there are a bunch of US Freediving Federation national pool records up for grabs. If you aim to achieve a CMAS national pool record, you’ll need to send an email to president@usfreedivingfederation.org to make your record attempt announcement and become a member (if you aren’t one already).

There will also be a CMAS Pool Judge course taking place in connection with next month’s event. For more information, go to usfreedivingfederation.org.

(Image credit: Apollo Beach Racquet & Fitness Club)

John Liang
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John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.