Russian freediver Alexey Molchanov set two new world records in the Variable Weight (VWT) discipline this past weekend.
Molchanov, who dove down with a weighted sled and swam back up with a monofin, set the records under AIDA rules at the BonAbyss 2023 event in Bonaire hosted by Blue Classroom.
His first dive was down to 153m/501ft on Saturday, and on March 28th he dove to 156m/511ft.
In an Instagram post, Molchanov wrote:
“Both nitrogen narcosis and ocean pressure was strong, it took quite a lot of mental preparation to compensate for it.”
He beat Tunisian Walid Boudhiaf’s record of 150m/492ft set in 2021.
In addition to the world record, Eric Van Riet Paap broke the Dutch national record with a 93m/305ft dive and Brandon Best set a new US record with a 52m/170ft dive.
(Featured Image via Petra Oberucova/Facebook)