Saturday, May 30, 2020
Freediving Nirvana Oceanquest - Colombia's Inaugural AIDA Depth Competition

Nirvana Oceanquest – Colombia’s Inaugural AIDA Depth Competition


Nirvana Oceanquest is an international freediving event that will host athletes, hailing from all around the globe, in a truly unique spot: the Nirvana Sea Cliff off the coast of San Andres Island, Colombia.

Starting June 6th, over the course of six competition days, freedivers will get the opportunity to attempt personal, national or even world-records in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Nirvana Oceanquest will be the perfect place for sharing nice & intense moments in the water, for learning and practicing, as well as enjoying the beauty of a one-of-a-kind tropical island. There is much to discover in the abundant marine habitat of  San Andrés Island — the whole area has been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve,  aptly named “Seaflower Biosphere Reserve” it is identified as a major site of coral and fish, encompassing 10% of the Caribbean Sea.

Event organizer Walid Boudihaf is also thrilled to be able to present a world class competition for local participants of every  levels. “Nirvana Oceanquest will be the first time Colombia gets to experience an AIDA competition, complete with good infrastructure and world-class safety including Columbia’s CNF record holder Andres Vanegas, who will be a safety diver, and Marco Cosentino of Italy, who will serve as the Chief of Safety, and is recognized globally as one of the very best.” Having strong and experienced safeties will also come in handy for Boudihaf himself, who may try to improve upon his own continental record of 102 FIM — a very deep dive.

The island of San Andres, and in particular the Nirvana Sea Cliff (on the west side of the island) offers ideal conditions for freedivers: crystal clear waters (viz +40m) and perfect temperature (29º) all year round, no current and easy access to depth from the shore.  “I’ve trained all around the world, in many different places, and I’ve decided to come back to the place where I first encountered really deep freediving,” said Walid, “to be able to share the beauty and the magic of this special place with others is a gift.

See a list of the participants here below and check out the event website for more information or to register yourself.

Nirvana In list


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Francesca Koe
An active ocean advocate, VP of U.S. Freediving, a multi-agency dive instructor, PFI Safety Supervisor and AIDA judge, Francesca also serves as the Editor-At-Large here at You can usually find Francesca diving in the kelp, hanging out at the Farallones with sharky friends, or trying to improve upon her own PB's.


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