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Caribbean Cup Freediving Competition

Competition or Sporting Event

Esteban Darhanpe

The Caribbean Cup is an international freediving competition where world and national champions from different countries meet in West Bay, Roatan, to compete in different freediving disciplines during one whole week. Athletes try to reach greater depths while holding their breath in three different disciplines Free Immersion (FIM), Constant Weight with Fins (CWT), and Constant Weight Without Fins (CNF).

With air temperature oscillating between 25-30 C / 77-85 F, water temperature at about 27-29 C / 80-84 F, null to moderate currents, and stunning visibility of about 24-40 m / 80-120 ft, Roatan becomes the ideal setting for such a sporting event. How fitting is it that this competition takes place in Honduras which in Spanish actually means depths!!

With these amazing athletes reaching depths of 120 meters / 400 feet while holding their breath close to four minutes, safety becomes an issue and thus all safety measures are taken into consideration and accounted for. This includes six trained safety divers, one safety scuba diver on site for counterbalance system backup, a traditional counter balance system with electric winch, one doctor/medic on the platform per line with complete first aid kit, automated defibrillator and emergency oxygen, four paramedics provided by the Roatan Red Cross, emergency evacuation boat on site, ambulance on land (3 minute boat ride from dive platform) and 15 minutes from emergency clinic and hyperbaric chamber, plus a high resolution sonar per competition line.

The Fourth Annual International Freediving Competition - Caribbean Cup 2016 Programme:

May 25th; 17:00 hrs: Opening Ceremony at the San Simon Beach Club in West Bay.

May 26th; 8:30 hrs - 13:00 hrs: Day 1 of the competition*

May 27th; 8:30 hrs - 13:00 hrs: Day 2 of the competition*

May 28th; 8:30 hrs - 13:00 hrs: Day 3 of the competition*

Later that day at 17:00 hrs, The “Caribbean Cup Party”, will take place at the San Simon Beach Club where there will be a variety of dishes being offered by different restaurants on the island. There will be free admission and with the purchase of a ticket, guests will have the option to taste the different specialties being offered with all proceeds being donated to the Roatan Marine Park - the local NGO in charge of co-managing the marine protected area in the Bay Islands. There will also be a DJ, live music, dancing, and entertainment.

May 29th; Day of rest.

May 30th; 8:30 hrs - 13:00 hrs: Day 4 of the competition*

May 31st; 8:30 hrs - 13:00 hrs: Day 5 of the competition*

June 1st; 8:30 hrs - 13:00 hrs: Day 6 of the competition*

At 17:00 hrs, the awards ceremony and closing party of the Caribbean Cup 2016 will take place at the San Simon Beach Club with free admission to the public.

* All competitions take place from a dive platform located in front of West Bay Beach, just three minutes away from the event headquarters - The San Simon Beach Club. This platform is for the exclusive use of competitors and event staff. There will be a large catamaran anchored next to the dive platform designated for spectators where there will be a live broadcast covering the event.

Ages Event is Appropriate for

All Ages.


HNL 150.00 / USD $7.00 for a single day, or HNL 500 / $23.00 for all 6 days.

Kids under 12 half price.

The Caribbean Cup headquarters is the San Simon Beach Club in West Bay Beach. This is where you pay the admission fee and get stamped so you are allowed access to the boat that takes you to the competition viewing area in the glass bottom boat. Sign in takes place from 8:00am - 12:00pm.

For those wishing to take a closer look at the athletes, you can enter the water with a mask and snorkel, always respecting the designated competition area.