Alexey Molchanov

Alexey Molchanov is the deepest man in the history of competitive freediving. He achieved his first world record in 2008 in a pool discipline called Dynamic Apnea, in which he swam 250m underwater on one breath with a monofin. From there he focused on the depth discipline and began to compete in the open ocean. In 2012 he set a new world record in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, when he swam 125m beneath the surface – far deeper than scuba divers would ever dare explore – and back on a single breath while wearing a monofin. Later that year he broke his own record with a dive to 126m in Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas, and at the 2013 AIDA World Championships, Alexey shocked the world when he broke his record yet again. This time he was in Kalamata, Greece when he dove to 128m and back under difficult conditions. He extended that record to 129m in Baja in 2016. Overall he’s set five world records and has earned 15 combined gold, silver and bronze individual and team medals at world championship events.


A former nationally ranked swimmer, Alexey took up freediving as a teenager when his mother, the late Natalia Molchanova, fell in love with the sport. She would go on to develop a branded training regiment, which included meditative techniques that turned her into the greatest competitive freediver of all time, and transformed Russia into a freediving power. Alexey has followed in her foot steps and in addition to running the Russian Freediving Federation, his Molchanovs brand produces some of the finest freediving gear available. An instructor, entrepreneur and elite athlete, Alexey Molchanov splits his time between his homes in Moscow and Dahab, runs regular training camps in Bali, Mexico and the United states, and competes all over the world. He often brings his camera and drone along with him. Given what he does and where he travels, the results are often spectacular.

Records and sport awards

Disciplines Date Location Event Record Status
DYN 19 April, 2004 Moscow Russian Freediving Championship 158 m The record of Russia
FIM 23 November, 2004 Egypt Open Chmpionship Sweden Freediving 66 m The record of Russia
VWT 30 November, 2004 Egypt Record registration in Blue Hole 76 m The record of Russia
DNF 23 April, 2005 Moscow Russian Freediving Championship 107 m The record of Russia
DYN 24 April, 2005 Moscow Russian Freediving Championship 171 m The record of Russia, gold medal
DYN 25 August, 2005 Switzerland, Lausanne 1st Individual World Championship in Freediving 199 m The record of Russia, bronze medal
STA 26 August, 2005 Switzerland, Lausanne 1st Individual World Championship in Freediving 6m 31s The record of Russia
DNF 27 August, 2005 Switzerland, Lausanne 1st Individual World Championship in Freediving 131 m The record of Russia, silver medal
CWT 1 September, 2005 France, Nice 1st Individual World Championship in Freediving 82 m The record of Russia
CNF 7 November, 2005 Egypt, Dahab International competition in freediving: Triple Depth 52 m The record of Russia
DYN 23 April, 2006 Moscow Russian Freediving Championship 200 m The record of Russia, gold medal
CNF 30 May, 2006 Egypt, Dahab International Competition in Freediving: Triple Depth 60 m The record of Russia, gold medal
CWT 7 December, 2006 Egypt, Hurgda Team World Championship in freediving 83 m The record of Russia
DYN 9 December, 2006 Egypt, Hurgda Team World Championship in freediving 207 m The record of Russia
STA 9 June, 2007 Russia, Moscow Russian Freediving Championship 6m 59s The record of Russia
DYN 5 July, 2007 Slovenia, Maribor 3rd Individual World Championship in Freediving 213 m The record of Russia, silver medal
DNF 7 July, 2007 Slovenia, Maribor 3rd Individual World Championship in Freediving 157 m The record of Russia, silver medal
CNF 3 November 2008 года Egypt, Sharm El Sheikh 4th Individual World Championship in Freediving 65 m The record of Russia, bronze medal
STA 26 April, 2008 Russia, Moscow Russian Freediving Championship 7m 15s The record of Russia
DYN 27 April, 2008 Russia, Moscow Moscow Open Cup 222 m The record of Russia, gold medal
CWT 25 July, 2008 Greece, Sougia International Competition in Freediving: Medeterian Cup 91 m The record of Russia
CWT 27 July, 2008 Greece, Sougia International Competition in Freediving: Medeterian Cup 101 m The record of Russia, gold medal
FIM 1 August, 2008 Egypt, Dahab International Competiton in Freediving 90 m The record of Russia, gold medal
STA 4 October, 2008 Italy, Lingano-Sbbiadoro European Cup Freediving 7m 31s The record of Russia
DYN 5 October, 2008 Italy, Lingano-Sbbiadoro Evolution Cup 250 m The record of Russia, gold medal
STA 20 August, 2009 Denmark, Arhus 5th Individual World Championship in Frediving 8m 2s The record of Russia
STA 21 August, 2009 Denmark, Arhus 5th Individual World Championship in Frediving 8m 31s The record of Russia, silver medal
CNF 25 September, 2009 Egypt, Sharm El-Sheikh International competition: Depth expert 80 m The record of Russia
CNF 27 September, 2009 Egypt, Sharm El-Sheikh International competition: Depth expert 83 m The record of Russia
CWT 1 December, 2009 Bahamas, Long Island 6th Individual World Championship in Freediving 102 m The record of Russia
CWT 3 December, 2009 Bahamas, Long Island 6th Individual World Championship in Freediving 111 m The record of Russia, silver medal
FIM 24 September, 2011 Greece, Kalamata 7th Individual World Championship in Freediving 100 m The record of Russia
DNF 24 March, 2012 Russia, Moscow Russian Freediving Championship 160 m The record of Russia, gold medal
CWT 6 June, 2012 Egypt, Sharm El-Sheikh World record attempts in Only One 125 m world record
CWT 25 November, 2012 Bahamas Vertical Blue 2012 126 m world record
FIM 29 November, 2012 Bahamas Vertical Blue 2012 107 m The record of Russia, bronze medal
CNF 25 April, 2013 Egypt, Dahab Open Russian Championship 85 m The record of Russia
CNF 27 April, 2013 Egypt, Dahab Open Russian Championship 90 m The record of Russia, the record of the continent
DNF 27 June, 2013 Serbia, Belgrad 9th Individual World Championship 195 m The record of Russia
STA 29 June, 2013 Serbia, Belgrad 9th Individual World Championship 8m 33s The record of Russia
CWT 19 September, 2013 Greece, Calamata 10th Individual World Championship 128 m world record, gold medal
FIM 21 September, 2013 Greece, Calamata 10th Individual World Championship 110 m The record of Russia
CNF 10 November, 2013 Bahamas Suunto Vertical Blue 2013 91 m The record of Russia, the record of the continent
FIM 16 November, 2013 Bahamas Suunto Vertical Blue 2013 112 m The record of Russia
CNF 25 May, 2014 Honduras, Roatan 11th Individual World Championship in freediving 92 m The record of Europe
CNF 27 May, 2014 Honduras, Roatan Caribbean cup 2014 96 м The record of Europe, silver medal
Overall 26 Sept, 2014 Italia, Sardinia Team World Championships in freediving Overall Gold medal
FIM 2 December, 2014 Bahamas, Long Island Suunto Vertical Blue, Deadmans Caye 2014 114 м The record of Russia
DYN 26 June, 2015 Serbia, Belgrad Individual AIDA Pool World Championships 2014 258 m The record of Russia,bronze medal
CNF 14 September, 2015 Cyprus,Limassol AIDA Individual World Championship 2015 85 m Gold medal
CWT 16 September, 2015 Cyprus,Limassol AIDA Individual World Championship 2015 122 m Gold medal
Overall 24 Sept, 2016 Greece, Kalamata Team World Championships in freediving Overall Bronze medal
CWT 29 October, 2016 Mexico, La Paz Big Blue World Cup 2016 129 m world record

Personal records

  • STA — 8m 33s
  • DYN — 258 m
  • DNF — 195 m
  • CWT — 130 m
  • CNF — 96 m
  • FIM — 124 m