How it started
Jeanine Grasmeijer (1993) was born in Emmen, the Netherlands and moved to Hengelo Gld. when she was 7 years old. In both places she joined the swim club to practice her love for swimming and being in the water. After finishing high school at age 18 she left home to go backpacking in Thailand, where after months of travelling she came across a specialized freediving school in Ko Tao. Natural relaxation and a big lung capacity made her an unusual talent in freediving. Within 2 months of training Jeanine could hold her breath for over 7 minutes, a skill that was thought to be exclusive to the top 10 freediving women of the world. In the summer of 2012, hardly 6 months after she started freediving, she entered her first competition and broke two Dutch freediving records: Free Immersion with -67 meters and Static with 6 minutes and 31 seconds.
First world record
Pursuing her new found passion, Jeanine continued training depth in the summer of 2013 for the AIDA Individual Depth World Championships in Greece. It was in Greece where she put herself on the map by breaking a world record: Diving to -90 meters in the discipline called Free Immersion, by pulling herself down on the dive line, She came up after 4 minutes and 17 seconds as the youngest female world record holder (20 years) in the history of freediving. During the World Championships ’13 Jeanine also set new Dutch records in the other 2 depth disciplines: No Fins (-60 m) and Constant Weight (-80 m).
After the WC she went home to finish her bachelor in medicine, which she had started one year earlier, as the youngest woman in the world to break a world record and holding national records in all 6 freediving disciplines.
Highs and lows
Over 2014 Jeanine continued to do small pool competitions, earning several medals and improving her own national records. In the summer of 2015 she returned to the depths and fulfilled her dream of becoming the World Champion in Free immersion with a dive to -82 meters One month later she also the female winner of the Big Blue World Cup in la Paz, Mexico, with good overall performances in all 3 depth disciplines.
After Mexico Jeanine returned home with her mind set on the Vertical Blue ’16, a prestigious freediving competition held in spring in Dean’s Blue Hole, Bahamas. After months of hard work she had to cancel her participation last-minute due to health issues and her spirit was momentarily broken.
She managed to pick herself up and started training depth again in Lanzarote, Spain, without too many expectations. At the end of the summer however she reached again depths near -90 meters and she decided to go for a new World record Free Immersion of -92 meters. In which she succeeded on September 6th during the Deep Sea Challenge in Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean.
Jeanine is currently based in Maastricht, where she will continue her studies shortly.
Free Immersion 92 m (Video) – World record
Constant Weight 80 m
Constant Weight No Fins 60 m ‐ Dutch national record
Dynamic 178 m ‐ Dutch national record
Dynamic No Fins 130 m (Video)
Static 6 minutes 31 seconds ‐ Dutch national record
2015, Big Blue (2015-11-01), La Paz, Mexico
2015, AIDA Depth World Championships (2015-09-11), Limassol, Cyprus
2015, 2nd Open FreedivN Zottegem (2015-03-22), Zottegem, Belgium
2015, Dutch Minicomp DNF (2015-03-11), Badhoevedorp, Netherlands
2015, Dutch Minicomp STA (2015-06-13), Dordrecht, Netherlands
Static 4:59 min
2014, RIGA FREEDIVING CUP 2014 AIDA (2014-02-08), Riga, Latvia
2013, AIDA INDIVIDUAL DEPTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2013 (2013-09-15), Kalamata, Greece
No Fins – 60 m , Vice-World Champion, NR Constant weight -80 m NR
2013, Kalamata Open (2013-09-09), Kalamata, Greece
Free Immersion (-90 m) WR
2013, Little Blue Hole Competition (2013-08-24), Dahab, Egypt
Free Immersion -80 m NR and -85 m NR Dynamic No Fins 125 m NR
2013, First Universal Freedivers – ASAM cross-border competition (2013-06-09), Mouscron, Belgium
2012, FREEDIVE DAHAB June minicomp(2012-06-24)
Static 6:31 min NR
2012, FDD LAST CHANCE WC QUALIFYING COMP (sta+dyn+cwt)(2012-05-30) Dahab,Egypt
Free Immersion -67 m NR