Thursday, May 6, 2021

EL Salvador Forms National Freediving Team


The first El Salvador National freediving team has been formed and has completed its first week of training.

The first members of the team are no strangers to breath-hold diving and regularly work underwater harvesting oysters. Members of the first El Salvador freediving team are:

  • Jorge Herrera
  • Juan Gilberto Martínez
  • Amadeo Menjivar
  • Jose David Hernández
  • Ever Antonio Mendez
  • Billy Joel Hernández

The newly founded team enjoyed an exceptional first week of training under the guidance of freediving legend Carlos Coste, the first man to reach 100m/330ft.

During the week, Coste was assisted by Gio Mantis and Colombia Static Apnea champion John Aristizabal.

You can find out more information about the team here.

EL Salvador Forms National Freediving Team 3
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life!


  1. Excellent news ! I tried to help El Salvador too, by registering Walter Mena as athlete for this country for the 2019 AIDA WC last September. So happy that Carlos worked on his side for the same idea : help new freediving countries to meet the freediving community 🙂

  2. Merci Claude !!! Muchas gracias Claude !!! Unfortunately i am not part of that project, but i am happy 🙂 for the development of free-diving in my country !!!!


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