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  • West Bay Fosters WB Rd West Bay, Bay Islands Department Honduras (map)

World Freediving Championship

AUG 6th – AUG 11th, 2019


The World Underwater Federation (CMAS) approved the U.S. Freediving Federation the distinguished opportunity to host the 2019 World Freediving Championships on the Island of Roatan in Honduras.

The event will take place August 6 to August 11th. This event will be a collaboration with a local freediving center, the Roatan Freediving School and Training Center, which is located in West Bay, Roatan. Roatan Freediving School will serve as a local organizer of the competition with a close collaboration by the President of USFF Jeremy Stephan.

Roatan was ultimately chosen because it has the necessary infrastructure in place to guarantee safety and comfort for all participants. We were specifically looking for locations in the Western Hemisphere to bring accessibility to more divers from around the world. Roatan has also known for its crystal clear, calm waters, which is always an important factor for our final decision.
— Jeremy Stephan
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Ren Chapman will serve in the capacity of Head of Safety for this years event and Chapman has already established rigorous safety protocols for the protection of the freediving athletes.

Each year, the annual Caribbean Cup freediving competition takes place in Roatan. This year, the competition will take place immediately before the World Championships. Roatan is arguably one of the most sought after freediving destinations in the world. This is due in part to the calm waters of Roatan's West Bay beach.


Hosting the 2109 CMAS (Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiqués) World Championship on the island of Roatán is a great honor for our community. The event is a big responsibility for organizers, sponsors, and the athletes involved. Many in our community have supported the event over the years, and many have helped propel Freediving as a sport on Roatan. To be sure, families, sponsors, friends, and spectators from all over the world will come an enjoy the event and the performance by each athlete.

Freediving athletes choose their accommodations in accordance with their preferences and budget. Several local resorts have special arrangements (special pricing) with event organizers to house these athletes.

Roatan is beautiful both on land and below the surface. These events are essential not just as a revenue injection for our local communities and business, but also to raise the awareness of the environment around us.

Every athlete that participates in the CMAS WC and the Caribbean Cup competition must have a valid sports license. The licenses are awarded by a National Federations, who select twelve athletes in total, six male and six female.

At the time of registration all athletes must:

  • Present medical certificate in English.

  • Sign Liability release (will be provided by Roatan Freediving at the time of registration).

  • Present a valid passport.

  • Present proof of current medical insurance.


Competition Details


Freediving At-A-Glance

There are three main disciplines in freediving: Immersion (FIM), Constant Weight with Fins (CWT), and Constant Weight Without Fins (CNF). Athletes compete across all three disciplines to reach greater depths on a single breath of air. The Roatan Freediving School & Training Center has been honored by AIDA International by allowing it to organize the AIDA World Championship in 2017. 

OBJECTIVE: The goal of freediving competition is to see which athlete can dive the deepest, safely. Free-divers get one point per meter. Divers do not earn points for the duration of their free-dive. Divers are only rewarded for the depth of their dives. 

Roatan Caribbean Cup 2018

West Bay, Roatan

When translated into English, the word "Honduras" means, "Depths." The story is that on one of his voyages, Christopher Columbus was caught in a massive storm just north of what would be called Honduras. The waves were so large that he attributed them to depth in the water. Just as soon as Columbus sailed past the storm, he wrote: "Thank God that we've left these depths." or in Spanish:

"Gracias a Dios que hemos salidos de estas Honduras."

All this to say that Honduras has long been known for its depths. Fast forward to the modern era, and you'll find freedivers pushing the human limits into deeper and greater deptsh than ever before.

West Bay Roatan

Caribbean Cup, 2019

freediving disciplines:

  • Immersion (FIM)

  • Constant Weight with Fins (CWT)

  • Constant Weight Without Fins (CNF)

Earlier Event: August 1
Roatan Caribbean Cup 2019