Saturday, July 20, 2024

Alexey Molchanov To Attempt World Record Dive In Bonaire


Champion freediver Alexey Molchanov later this month will attempt to set a new world record in Bonaire.

Molchanov will attempt to break the standing record of 492ft/150m in the Variable Weight (VWT) discipline, currently held by Tunisian freediver Walid Boudhiaf.

During the attempt, scheduled to take place sometime between March 27th to 29th, 2023, he will dive down via a sled and ascend with a monofin under AIDA rules.

Molchanov currently holds the world record in the Constant Weight (CWT) discipline at 426ft/130m.

Parallel to the attempt, some of the best Dutch freedivers (members of the Dutch Freediving Association) will be going for some National Records in the deep blue bay of Kralendijk.

Miles Mercera, CEO of Tourism Corporation Bonaire, said:

“Our protected and pristine underwater world offers the ultimate setting for this freediving feat. We are happy to welcome Alexey and other adventure seekers to the eco-forward paradise that is Bonaire, and showcase the world’s first Blue Destination as a premium outdoor playground, both above and below sea level.”

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.