Announcement - Dates & Location For 2019 CMAS Freediving World Championships

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Los Angeles, CA, December 28, 2018: CMAS is proud to announce that the 2019 CMAS Freediving World Championships will be hosted by the United States Freediving Federation (USFF) and will be held August 6th - 11th on Roatan island in Honduras. The USFF has selected Roatan Freediving, a freediving school and training center, as the local organizer and partner to host the high caliber event together.

The proposed schedule of events is as follows:

  • August 6th: Opening Ceremony
  • August 7th: Constant Weight Day
  • August 8th: Constant Weight No Fins Day
  • August 9th: Open Day (rest day)
  • August 10th: Constant Weight Bi-Fins Day
  • August 11th: Free Immersion Day | Closing Ceremony & Dinner

“Roatan Freediving and the island of Roatan was ultimately chosen because it has the necessary infrastructure in place to guarantee safety and comfort for all participants” says Jeremy Stephan, President of the USFF. “We were specifically looking for locations in the Western Hemisphere to bring accessibility to more divers from around the world. Roatan is also known for its crystal clear, calm waters, which is always an important factor for our final decision.”

Esteban Darhanpe, owner of Roatan Freediving, will also serve as the local organizer for the prestigious world championships. Esteban recently announced that Ren Chapman has been named Head of Safety for the event and has already established rigorous protocols in case of occurrences of any freediving related emergencies. “Ren is arguably one of the most experienced and accomplished safety divers in the world of freediving and we are quite fortunate to have him lead the safety efforts this year” says Darhanpe.

Leading up to the world championships, Darhanpe will host the annual 2019 Caribbean Cup in Roatan. This world class event will be fully open for the first time and will follow CMAS competition guidelines, serving as training grounds for the world championships. “We are very grateful for Esteban embracing CMAS and recognizing the efforts we are putting into the expansion of freediving on a worldwide basis” says Anna Arzhanova, President of CMAS. “This is just one of many CMAS sanctioned competitions to be held in 2019 and we’re very excited for the continued momentum.”


Founded in 2018 by tech entrepreneur and freediver Jeremy Stephan, The United States Freediving Federation is sanctioned under CMAS and the International Olympic Committee. The mission of the U.S. Freediving Federation is to bring awareness to freediving across the United States and support the efforts of all those that engage in the sport, whether it be for self-exploration and adventure, therapeutic benefits, or purely competition – in the safest manner possible.

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The World Underwater Federation was founded in 1959 and by now it comprises over 130 federations from 5 continents. In addition to organizing international underwater sport events it is at the forefront of technical and scientific research and development. It can be associated with elaborating one of the oldest and most extensive dive training systems.

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Founded by Esteban Darhanpe, Roatain Freediving School & Training Center is the first freediving center in Roatan, which since its inception is attended by both beginners and world class freedivers.  Roatan Freediving, because of its location and depth of experience, offers courses for all levels year round.  Roatan Freediving is the official organizer of the annual Caribbean Cup which is recognized as one of the most important competitions in the world since its first edition in 2013.  Roatan Freediving has also hosted a world championship in 2017.

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