Archive for the ‘by Rudi (trainer, organizer)’ Category

Brief overview of our harness safety system


Note: this article was written on April 19th and meant for publication around April 21st. Due to time constraints, we postponed its publication until after our 125 meter attempt, but given the outcome, it was only now that we had the chance to publish it.

There are several safety systems out there when it comes to keeping freediving competitions and record events safe. We are still using the traditional system where we position safety divers at 15-20 meter intervals along Yasemin’s descent line, but we have also started testing and using our new retrieval system. (more…)

Happy Birthday Yasemin!


Yasemin is 31 years old today and I want to share my joy with all of you about the fact that we’re celebrating her birthday just days after a potentially fatal accident. Yas and I met in 1999 and during all these years she has been my partner, in life, diving and everything else. She is the best partner I could have ever hoped for, my inspiration, my light on dark times (and we’ve had some of those) and the reason I look forward to every new day. She is also the best example I could think of when it comes to dedication, hard work, integrity and commitment to the highest standards as an athlete, and that’s why she is respected by so many. Then again, she makes liking her very easy. Happy Birthday Love!

Rudi Castineyra

Final thoughts about the FREE-AIDA joint verification issue.


We have started training for Yasemin’s attempt in the Limited Variable Ballast category to 125 meters. If successful, she will break the old FREE record of 105 meters (held by herself) and better the AIDA mark of 122 meters held by Tanya Streeter for some years now. (more…)

Freediving Courses coming up, get them while they’re hot!


It has been a while since we last taught a freediving course. I myself have remained active in freediving instruction all these years, but it has been more on consultant, specialist basis. I have helped a few well known freedivers improve their already excellent techniques through private training, I’ve helped several non freediving athletes implement out breathing system into their training as a way to prepare for important races and events (including one very famous sprinter whose name I’m not at liberty to divulge), (more…)

The End of the Road is really here!


Well, that’s it, today, we are officially only 2 weeks away from our trip to Turkey, to start the training dives that should culminate, hopefully, with a successful record attempt on May 2nd. It has been a long, long road since we decided to come back to competitive freediving and attempt this record. Yasemin basically had an agreement with the Turkish Prime Minister on January 2009, after he requested her to come back to record setting diving as a way to promote the country and stimulate female achievements. (more…)

The politics of freediving: Points of contention with the AIDA rules, Part 1


Well, finally I’ve had to do it, get back into the politics of freediving, I must be crazy or love to suffer, or maybe this is an early symptom of mental disease now that I’m over 40 years of age :-) But, there have been some very good, respectful and constructive comments from people like Ivo Truxa, whereas at the same time I’ve been privately corresponding with Grant Graves, so I felt that adding my voice to this discussion would contribute some needed elements. (more…)

Back to training when we thought we had reached the end of the road…


Well, as you all must have ready by now on Yasemin’s post, we’ve had to postpone the record event until April next year. Yasemin goes over the reasons for this very clearly, so let me talk about the diving side of things. (more…)

Variable Ballast Technique Considerations


Hello all,

As a continuation of the technical aspects I touched on in the article “OUR GOAL: 125 METERS VARIABLE BALLAST!” I will go more in depth into the technical aspects of Yasemin’s dive protocol for her upcoming 125 meter attempt in the Variable category. (more…)

Our Goal: 125 meters Variable Ballast


People keep asking us, what is the target depth and category for your attempt in December? We have kept this information confidential until now, for reasons that I will explain below, but the time has come to let it out. So, come December 27th, Yasemin will attempt to dive to 125 meters/410 feet, bu descending with the use of a weighted sled and ascending under her own power, the definition of this category. (more…)

-8 weeks – Where we finally get deep for the first time in 6 years!


Well, we just came back from Turkey, from our first deep water training in almost 6 years! After almost 16 hours of flying, 2 weeks of interviews, media appearances and deep dives, we’re finally home, and we are exhausted. As you may remember, right before we left, Yas had endured weeks of antibiotics, decreased training and a flu that got weaker or stronger in turns, but never quite left her body. (more…)