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FreedivingWomen's Variable Weight World Record Smashed

Women’s Variable Weight World Record Smashed


On Sunday 18th October 2015 – in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt – Dutchwoman Nanja van den Broek successfully plunged to 130m to smash the Women’s Variable Weight World Record previously set by Natalia Molchanova at 127m in 2012.

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Variable Weight (VWT) is the discipline where a diver descends on a sled and then ascends to the surface using their own strength.

Nanja completed the dive in 3min using a weighted sled to descend and then completed the ascent using a monofin.  Judges reported that Nanja completed the dive very strong and completed the surfacing protocol in just 9 seconds.

Nanja who hails from Haarlem, Netherlands said she has been “thinking about Natalia Molchanova and feel honored to now have this record (that Natalia had previously set)”

The dive had been organized by Andrea Zuccari of Freediving World in Sharm-el-Sheikh.

You can see a short video of the dive below:

Nanja van den Broek New VWT World Record 130m
Nanja vd Broek Variable Weight World Record. Photo by Daan Verhoeven
Nanja van den Broek Variable Weight World Record. Photo by Daan Verhoeven
Stephan Whelan
Stephan Whelan
Stephan is the Founder of His passion for the underwater world started at 8 years old with a try-dive in a hotel pool on holiday that soon formulated into a lifelong love affair with the oceans. In 1996 he set up and has grown the site to be the most popular diving website and community in the world.