Loïc Leferme

Loïc Leferme (28 August 1970 – 11 April 2007) was a French diver who was the world free diving record holder until 2 October 2005, when he was surpassed by Herbert Nitsch.[2] Loic was also a founder of AIDA in 1990 with Roland Specker and Claude Chapuis in Nice. In 2002 he set the world free diving record without any breathing apparatus at 162 meters.[2][3] His first world record was 137 meters (1999).[2][4] On 30 October 2004, he extended his own world record to 171 meters in the no limits free-diving category.[2][5] The premier advocate of this type of freediving which has come to be known as Chapuis Style Freediving.

Loïc Leferme
Born(1970-08-28)28 August 1970
Died11 April 2007(2007-04-11) (aged 36)

He died during a private training session in Villefranche-sur-Mer when his equipment failed and he did not reach the surface in time. He was in training for a planned record attempt in July 2007.

See also


  1. Henry, Michel (12 April 2007). "La mer engloutit Leferme". Libération.fr (in French). Retrieved 12 April 2007.
  2. History of World Records
  3. McKie, Nigel (2004). "Freediving in cyberspace". Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society. 34: 101–3. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
  4. (in French) Voici l’homme le plus profond au monde
  5. (in French) Loïc Leferme bat le record du monde de plongée en apnée à 171 mètres de profondeur

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