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World Records of Freediving (Apnea) as of Jan 2013

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When reviewing the freediving (apnea) world records, remember that many freediving disciplines exist. Some disciplines challenge a freediver to maximize his depth, while others challenge the freediver to maximize his dive time or swimming distance. Here is a list of the freediving world records as of the beginning of 2013, as well as a brief description of each type of freediving. 7 Freediving Disciplines >>

Static Freediving (Apnea) World Records:

The diver submerges his face in the water and attempts to hold his breath for as long as possible.

Men's Static Apnea Record:
- 11 min 35 seconds
- Stephane Misfud (France)

Women's Static Apnea World Record:
- 8 min 23 seconds
- Natalia Molchanova (Russia)

Dynamic Freediving (Apnea) With Fins World Records:

The diver attempts to maximize his horizontal swimming distance underwater while using fins for propulsion.

Men's Dynamic Freediving With Fins World Record:
- 273 m (895 ft)
- Goran Colak (Croatia)

Women's Dynamic Freediving With Fins World Record:
- 225 m (738 ft)
- Natalia Molchanova (Russia)

Dynamic Freediving (Apnea) No Fins World Records:

The diver attempts to maximize his horizontal swimming distance underwater without using fins for propulsion.

Men's Dynamic Freediving No Fins World Record:
- 218 m (715 ft)
- Dave Mullins (New Zealand)

Women's Dynamic Freediving No Fins World Record:
- 163 m (535 ft)
- Ilaria Bonin (Italy)

Free Immersion Freediving (Apnea) World Records:

The diver attempts to maximize his depth by pulling himself down and up using a verticle rope.

Men's Free Immersion Freediving World Record:
- 121 m (396 ft)
- William Trubridge (New Zealand)

Women's Free Immersion Freediving World Reecord:
- 88 m (289 ft)
- Natalia Molchanova (Russia)

Constant Weight, No Fins Freediving (Apnea) World Records:

The diver attempts to maximize his depth by swimming down and up without using fins.
Men's Constant Weight, No Fins Freediving World Record:
-101 m (331 ft)
- William Trubridge (New Zealand)

Women's Constant Weight, No Fins Freediving World Record:
- 67 m (220 ft)
- Ashley Chapman (USA)

Constant Weight With Fins Freediving (Apnea) World Records:

The diver attempts to maximize his depth by swimming down and up using fins.
Men's Constant Weight With Fins Freediving World Record:
- 126 m (413 ft)
- Alexey Molchanov (Russia)

Women's Constant Weight With Fins Freediving World Record:
- 101 m (331 ft)
- Natalia Molchanova (Russia)

Variable Weight Freediving (Apnea) World Records:

The diver attempts to maximize his depth by using a heavy sled to pull him downwards. He swims to the surface. This freediving discipline is no longer allowed in apnea competitions.
Men's Variable Weight Freediving World Record:
- 142 m (465 ft)
- Herbert Nitsch (Austria)

Women's Variable Weight Freediving World Record:
- 127 m (416 ft)
- Natalia Molchanova (Russia)

No-Limits Freediving (Apnea) World Records:

The diver attempts to maximize his depth by using a heavy sled to pull himself downwards. He uses an inflatable buoyancy device to carry him to the surface. This risky freediving discipline has been banned from apnea competitions.
Men's No-Limits Freediving World Record:
-214 m (702 ft)
- Herbert Nitsch (Austria)

Women's No-Limits Freediving World Record
- 160 m (525 ft)
- Tania Streeter (USA)
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