Apoyo Crater Challenge - Summer 2024

16 athletes fighting it out through all four depth disciplines using an innovative point system which allows fair ranking of male and female competitors together in one single category.
Overall winner will take home over $3000!
August 5th-9th. Unlimited depth. 0 current guaranteed. WR status.

Book your spot!

Best freshwater conditions on the planet

  • 150m maximum depth
  • 28 degrees celsius at the bottom
  • No waves
  • No current (guaranteed 100% vertical line)
  • No marine life
  • Easy access to the dive line via electric boat transfer

Unique mixed-gender ranking system

We have engineered an innovative new ranking system allowing both female and male athletes to compete to win the overall title!

For each dive, athletes will score an amount of points equal to the percentage that this dive represents of the WR in this discipline (for the relevant gender). Only the athletes deepest dive per discipline will be added to the final total score.

This system will not only allow both genders to be ranked against each other in a fair way, but also will allow the final scores to be compared among different competitions.

The schedule

  • August 4th -> Competition Briefing
  • August 5th -> Day 1 – Diving 7am to 12pm
  • August 6th -> Day 2 – Diving 7am to 12pm
  • August 7th -> Day Off
  • August 8th -> Day 3 – Diving 7am to 12pm
  • August 9th -> Day 4 – Diving 7am to 12pm – Closure ceremony & Afterparty

The rules

Each competition day, athletes will be free to choose in which discipline to compete (FIM / CWT / CWT-B / CNF).
While we will not require from anyone to dive all disciplines, this will be a requirement to be part of the overall ranking and have a chance to win the prize pool.

Don't like headaches? Book the package!

Price: $1100 dorm / $1400 private room

We want athletes to be able to relax and focus completely on their training and performances so we put together a competition package. This takes care of absolutely everything from your arrival to Nicaragua until your departure. Just book your package, sit back and relax!

Competition fees (800$)

Obviously, we couldn't leave these out!

This will be an official AIDA competition, meeting all AIDA competition and safety standards.
500 USD will go towards the competition budget and 300 USD will go towards the prize pool for 1st and 2nd place.


A taxi will collect you from Managua International Airport and bring you directly to your accommodation in Laguna de Apoyo (45min drive).
Upon departure, a taxi will bring you back to the airport in time for your departure flight.


You will enjoy lakefront accommodation in a peaceful hostel or hotel for the duration of your 6 night stay. You can chose between dorm accommodation or upgrade to a private room, all just a four minute walk from the freediving school.

Half board

Breakfast at your hotel is included each day. Lunch will be provided at the freediving school as well as a complimentary coffee each day. Vegetarian and vegan options available. Alcohol not included.

Photo Package

Diving in a freshwater lake in the middle of a volcano sounds dreamy, right? Well we've included professional photographs taken by our official event photographer. The package will include photos taken both in and out of the water so that you have a nice keepsake but also potentially keep your sponsors happy, or even get new ones!

Afterparty Ticket

No competition would be complete without its afterparty. Luckily for us, the static National Record holder in Nicaragua also happens to be a internationally renowned DJ, who will make sure to keep everyone dancing for the whole evening in celebration of the athletes and the end of the competition.

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Training packages

Not everyone will be accustomed to diving in warm freshwater without a thermocline so we created all-inclusive training packages leading up to the competition. This allows athletes the opportunity to train as much as they want using our competition set-up stress free. It also allows you time to explore Nicaragua and settle in a little before the main event.

1 week

July 29th - August 4th
  • 8 nights accommodation in private bedroom
  • Transportation from/to Managua airport
  • 1 training session per day on the competition setup (2 safeties, sonar, etc...)

1 week

July 29th - August 4th
  • 8 nights accommodation in mixed dorms
  • Transportation from/to Managua airport
  • 1 training session per day on the competition setup (2 safeties, sonar, etc...)