Linda Paganelli Recoups an Italian Record

Last month with an 82 meter dive under constant ballast Linda Paganelli (owner of Blue Immersion in Thailand and Freedive Dahab in Egypt), took back her Italian national title. Linda’s record recouping freedive took two minutes and :33 seconds to complete.

Thanks to Jacques de Vos for being the best safety diver, Lotta Ericson for the moral support, and AIDA  judges Pim Vermeulen and Paoletta Moccia for giving me a white card!” shared Linda. The formidable blonde freediving instructor is often found on the coaching side of things, and is respected internationally for helping divers improve upon their freediving techniques.

It is my turn to thank Tommy Reiner for support and coaching,” said the native from Rimini  — who now splits her time between Koh Tao and Dahab and teaches for both SSI & AIDA. On October 25th, 2013 exactly one year from the date she last set a national record of 78m, Linda was able to demonstrate her freediving technique had improved with time. Paganelli officially ousted Alessia Zecchini, who had very recently moved the plate down to 81 meters — as well as the woman who initially took the record away from Linda, Mariafelicia Caraturro, (who’s unexpected but triumphant dive to 79 meters at Suunto Vertical Blue in  November of 2012, was a life-defining moment for the struggling mom).

DeeperBlue congratulates Ms. Paganelli on a fantastic achievement.

photo courtesy of Jacques de Vos.

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An active ocean advocate, VP of U.S. Freediving, a multi-agency dive instructor, PFI Safety Supervisor and AIDA judge, Francesca also serves as the Editor-At-Large here at DeeperBlue.com. You can usually find Francesca diving in the kelp, hanging out at the Farallones with sharky friends, or trying to improve upon her own PB's.

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