Martin Stepanek

  World Freediving Champion

 

Personal statistics :
Age: 29
DOB: June 5 , 1977
Height: 178 cm / 5' 10"
Weight: 74 kg / 163 lb
Resides: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

Citizenship: Czech Republic

Employment: Freediving instructor / trainer
Co-owner of Performance Freediving School

Education :

1999

Divers Academy of Eastern Seaboard (USA) - Deep Sea Commercial and Saturation Diver

1995 - 1997
Faculty of Sports and Physical Education, Charles' University, (CZ) - biology-sport

1991 - 1995
College of Forestry Trutnov, (CZ) - forestry

Physiological Advantages:
The following physiological statistics were established January 23rd, 2001 during testing at Medical Faculty of Charles University with Dr. Vladimir Vondruska. It's important to bear in mind that many of the measurements will increase dramatically during a training cycle .

Functional VC of 8.381 Liter, 194% of average
VO2 Max of 74.7 ml/kg/min
Anaerobic capacity 331.7 J/kg
Body fat less than 1%
Body physiology good for intensive
aerobic and anaerobic training
Equalization head down hands free

Diving history:

Set the World Record in Constant Ballast - 108 meters in Cayman Islands , April 2006
Set the World Record in Free Immersion - 106 meters in Cayman Islands , April 2006
Nominated for an “ Athlete of the year ” award in Czech Republic – ceremony at December 17. 2005 Prague , Czech Rep.
Set the World Record in Constant ballast without Fins - 80 meters in Cayman Islands , April 2005
Set the World Record in Variable Ballast - 136 meters in Cayman Islands , April 2005
ICARE Trophy 2004 “Best male freediver of the year”, December 2004
Set the World Record in Constant Ballast –103 meters in Greece, Spetember 2004
1 st place
overall at 2 nd Czech Open National Championship, June 2004
1 st place overall at BIOS Freediver Classic Open in Cyprus, June 2004
Set the World Record in Free Immersion –102 meters in Cayman Islands, March 2004
International Judge for AIDA – International Association for Development of Apnea
Set the World Record in Constant Ballast –93 meters during the SONY Freediver Classic Open in Cyprus, May 2003

1 st place overall at SONY Freediver Classic Open in Cyprus, May 2003
1 st place overall and in each discipline at Pacific Cup in Hawaii, October 2002
Captain of Czech National Freediving Team at Pacific Cup in Hawaii, October 2002
Equaling of World Record in Dynamic Apnea 181 meters in Canada, May 2002
Captain of Czech National Freediving Team at World Cup in Ibiza, October 2001
Set the World Record in Free Immersion – 90 meters in Cayman Islands, September 2001
Set the World Record in Static Apnea at 8 min 6 sec in Florida, July 2001
Instructor of Performance Freediving, June 2001

USA Certified as Deep Sea and Saturation Commercial Diver, May 1999
Competitive monofin swimmer - 50m and 100m, 1984 –1997  

Calendar of main goals for 2006:

  • April, Grand Cayman BWI – World Record Attempt in Constant Ballast
    Objective: dive on single breath of air using fins only and without any other artificial help deeper than 105m/345' - achieved
  • October, Orlando USA – DEMA Trade Show
    Objective: Promotional appearance, sponsored lectures and presentation, demonstration in DEMA pool, promotion of international educational system for freediving – PERFORMANCE FREEDIVING INTERNATIONAL
  • November, Hurghada Egypt – 5 th Team World Championship in Freediving - the most prestigious team freediving competition in the world
    Objective: as a captain of Czech National Team lead the team to a medal position