Saturday, July 20, 2024

Could Women Dive Deeper Than Men Someday?


If any female freediver has a chance of diving deeper than a male, Slovenia’s Alenka Artnik is probably the one that could do it.

Writer Xan Rice, in a recent piece on, profiles Artnik and her journey from near-suicidal depression to holding women’s world records in more than one freediving discipline.

This past July at the Vertical Blue competition in the Bahamas, Artnik set a new women’s world record in the Constant Weight (CWT) discipline with a 122m/400ft dive, only nine meters less than Russia’s Alexey Molchanov.

As Rice writes:

“With just nine meters of breathing room between him and Alenka, Alexey now has competition in the monofin event. What she said to him in jest six years ago, at the very start of her ocean-diving career, no longer sounds like a joke.

— One day I’ll break the record.

— Really?

— Yes, your record.”

Check out the full story — which features photos and video by Daan Verhoevenhere.

(Featured image credit: Daan Verhoeven)

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.