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Judges Resign Over Line Measurement Error At World Championships Pre-Competition

The day before the formal competitive start of the 2015 AIDA Individual Depth Championships (#aidaworldchampionship) has seen some fallout from the recent error that caused the dive line to be set 10m deeper than expected during a World Record attempt by Guillaume Nery and helped contribute to a black out and squeeze to the French Freediver.

Judges Robert King (World Championship Jury Vice President) and Ute Gessman have resigned their positions on the World Championship jury.  They will be replaced by Fran Rose (as Senior Judge) and Alexander Russu with Kimmo Lahtinen as back-up.

This unprecedented move, just a day before the competitors take to the dive platform to compete for the World Championships, has been received with mixed reviews by the wider community.  Some divers and athletes are unhappy that senior experienced judges are allowed to resign just before the competition starts, whereas others have seen the move as the judges taking responsibility by an incident widely regarded as serious in nature.

Kimmo Lahtinen, the AIDA International President, has confirmed that once the World Championships are concluded a full investigation into what happened, and what can be done to prevent it from happening again, will be conducted.

Stephan Whelan
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 lifelong love affair with the oceans. In 1996 he set up and has grown the site to be the most popular diving website and community in the world.