At a glance

Location: Amorgos, Cyclades (Greece)
Dates: Sunday, September 22, 2019 to Saturday , September 28, 2019
With the approval of: AIDA Hellas / AIDA International
Maximum number of athletes: 70
Minimum estimated number of athletes: 30
Weather conditions: Based on past experience, during the proposed dates for the Authentic Big Blue 2019 competition, we expect for the sea conditions to be favorable. September is traditionally a period of calm seas. The water surface temperature is expected to be around 24°C – 25°C, with a visibility of about 30 – 40 meters. Based on our diving experience, there are no currents that may affect the diving area.

In  case of bad weather conditions there is an alternative location  , Agios Pavlos beach , with a limited depth of 80 m .

Freediving Depth Competition

The competition will take place about half a mile off the beach of Agia Anna, where the depth reaches 150 meters.
The travel time, from the beach where the athletes will board the dive boat of the competition is about 3 minutes.
A rapid ascent system with counter ballast is included in the safety measures of the competition.
The diver is constantly being monitored, throughout the dive, by a high-resolution sonar, while at each zone of the competition, 3 safety divers will be present. One safety diver will also be at every warm-up buoy.
All safety divers are experienced and trained divers who have worked in numerous AIDA competitions (national & worldwide free diving depth championships).

Authentic Big Blue 2019 awards and prizes

The organizing comitee of ABB 2019 has some special prizes for the winners. The 3 first individual winners of each discipline will each receive an imitation of ancient Greek statuette.

4000 euros will be equally divided amongst the first  winners. This means 500 euros for the first place of each discipline.
The overall winners, male and female, will be presented with a pair of handmade carbon bi-fins made by our sponsor Pathos and receive automatic entry in the next Authentic Big Blue.

Trainings

The week before the commencement of the Authentic Big Blue 2019 competition, training sessions will become available at the competition site.
More information will soon be posted on our website.

Medical coverage

The competition dive boat will provide the divers with pure oxygen for decompression and first aid use. At the competition site, throughout all the days of the competition, there will be a medical-emergency speedboat of the Aegean Team, with the doctor of the race on board, ready to provide first aid services and rapid transfer to the beach of Agia Anna. There will constantly be available, throughout the days of the competition, an ambulance to transfer the athlete (within 10 minutes) to the fully equipped medical center in the Town of Amorgos. Also, medical support will be provided by Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center.