The second annual High Diving World Cup championships will be held on Isla Cozumel the weekend of May 8.
The Mexican Swimming Federation announced that during the weekend of May 8, Cozumel will be hosting the three-day event. Visitors to Cancun, as well as locals, are encouraged to take in the global event on Isla Cozumel via one of the ferry options in Playa del Carmen.
David Callejas, event coordinator of the Mexican Swimming Federation, (FMN) said that Cozumel is ideal for events like the world cup open water swimming and high diving venue due to its deep, clear waters. For this reason, it’s possible Cozumel could become the event’s permanent venue.
Kiril Todorov, President of the Mexican Swimming Federation, says that 17 countries totaling 35 high divers will be competing. The divers include 11 women and 24 men from Australia, Germany, Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Spain, United States, France, Britain, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Russia, Ukraine and Mexico as host.
The competition will take place from May 8 to 10. Two diving competitions will be held. One will be at a height of 20 meters (65.61 feet) for women and the other, at 27 meters (88.5 feet) for the men.
A tower of 27 meters has been built on one side of Caletita Beach. Seating for approximately 300 spectators has also been installed, however, there is room for hundreds more to watch.
The event will be broadcast to 115 countries who are members of the International Swimming Federation.
The high diving event is free, but prizes will be awarded from first to 11th place totaling $118,000.
The program begins on May 8 at 11:00 a.m. with an opening ceremony that will include the presentation of all athletes. The first of three of the men’s diving rounds begins at 1:00 p.m. Diving competitions will continue into Saturday, May 9 with the women’s final. The men’s finals are scheduled for Sunday, May 10.