Return to the Depths

Project “Return to the depths”: Completed

 

yasfacesmallerThe "Return to the Depths" project is now completed. After a long, 6 year absence from freediving, I came back determined to reset the world record in the Limited Variable Ballast category, which I consider the most challenging and spectacular of the sport. I both, succeeded and failed, in this endeavor. more

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 more

Yasemin’s record attempt series ends with a dive to 106m

 

8-time freediving world champion Yasemin Dalkilic, who was in Kas, Antalya preparing for a world record attempt to 125 meters in the Limited Variable Ballast category, has canceled her official record date of May 2nd. After a 6 year absence from freediving, Yasemin had come back with the help of the main sponsor Turkcell, host location Kas, Hera Hotel, Linde Gases and Aquaclub Dive School. more

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

FREE and Liquivision team up to verify World Records!

 

FREE (Freediving Regulations & Education Entity) one of the premier training and verification freediving agencies in the world, and Liquivision, the maker of the Liquivision X1 diving computer have finalized an agreement that will see the X1 become the Official Gauge of all freediving events verified by FREE. This means that, from now on, for every competition or record attempt verified by FREE, all competing freedivers will be required to wear several X1 computers to verify the depths achieved. 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

About freediving organizations and verification policies

 

Due to the very construction and informative replies received from readers in regards to the issue of the organization that will be called to verify my record, I have opened this new thread to discuss these issues. more