Friday, July 19, 2024

Zecchini, Klovar Set New Freediving World Records


Italy’s Alessia Zecchini and Croatia’s Petar Klovar set new women’s and men’s freediving world records this past week.

Zecchini dove to 123m/403ft at the AIDA Oceanquest Philippines 2023 competition setting a new women’s world record in the Constant Weight with Monofin (CWT) discipline.

On Instagram, Zecchini wrote:

“A dream dive, meticulously planned with my coach Gianfranco over these 3 years together and yearned for so much…

“I was a bit worried before taking off due to the current, but the moment I started, the only goal was to enjoy every single moment, and that’s exactly what happened…

“This dive is for my parents, for their immense love and support. Without you, this long and wonderful dream could have never begun…

“Perseverance, dedication, and determination always pay off… If you have a dream, believe in it and never give up!!!”

Meanwhile, Klovar dove to a men’s World Record depth of 128m/38ft in the Free Immersion (FIM) discipline during the AIDA IDA Asia Depth Challenge in Cebu Lapulapu City, Philippines.

A six-hour delay due to strong currents didn’t discourage Klovar, according to social media reports.

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.