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Camel Sponsored Free Diver Sets New Italian Record

Sharm resident Federico Mana sets the new Italian record during the AIDA 4th International Free Diving Championship. The competition took place in Sharm El Sheikh from October 31st until November 3rd . In the “Constant Weight No Fins” category, Federico reached 60 m thus adding 8m to his previous Italian record of July 2007. Camel Dive Club sponsors the free diving champion.

For 4 days 100 athletes from 29 countries competed in the event organized by Apnea Academy Red Sea. The championship covered the two disciplines “Constant Weight” and “Constant Weight No Fins”. The free divers have to reach a predefined depth on one breath. They are not allowed to touch the reference line during the descent and ascent. The athletes must not change their weight system under water. Immediately after surfacing, the divers have to give specific hand signals to the judges. This shows that the athlete is alert and conscious fully.

In the category “Constant Weight”, where free divers use fins, Federico dived to 78m. This makes him world number ten in the AIDA international ranking. After his dives the smiling Sharm champion said: “I am very happy with both results. I am proud to have set the new Italian record and to be among the first 10 of the free diving world elite.” Federico thanked his trainer Guido and Camel Dive Club for their support and encouragement.

Federico, who started free diving just 6 months ago, is a Yoga trainer in Sharm El Sheikh. From now on, he also is the rising star of the free diving community.

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Sara-Lise Haith
Sara-Lise Haith
Sara-Lise is the former News Editor for She is based in Dubai.