Şahika Ercümen

Şahika Ercümen
Born (1985-01-16) 16 January 1985
Çanakkale, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Alma mater Başkent University, Ankara
Occupation Free-diver, dietitian

Şahika Ercümen (born 16 January 1985) is a Turkish dietitian and world record holder free-diver.[1][2][3]

Born on January 16, 1985 in Çanakkale, she was educated at the Gazi Primary School, and received a secondary education at the Milli Piyango Anatolian High School in her hometown. For her higher education, she moved to Ankara, and became a dietitian graduating from the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Başkent University's Faculty of Health Sciences.[1]

Her participation in underwater sports began with scuba diving and underwater rugby. For twelve years, she is interested in various branches of underwater sports, and is a member of four national teams since 2001. She participated with the underwater hockey, underwater rugby, underwater orienteering and free diving national teams in the World and European Championships.[1][3][4]


Her 110 m (360 ft) long dynamic apnea under ice (DYN) that was achieved on February 11, 2011 in Lake Weissensee, Austria, found entry into the The Guinness Book of World Records as a world record both for men and women.[3][4] Former records were 70 m (230 ft) for women and 108 m (354 ft) for men.[5][6]

Şahika Ercümen is former world record holder of constant weight with fins at sea (CWT) discipline with 70 m (230 ft) set in Dahab, Egypt on November 10, 2011 (recognized by CMAS). The former record belonged to Tanya Streeter with 67 m (220 ft).[3] The same day at the same place, she set another CMAS-recognized world record diving 60 m (200 ft) deep in variable weight apnea without fins at sea (VNF).[4][7]

On June 1, 2013, she broke her own world record diving in the VNF discipline to a depth of 61 m (200 ft) in saline soda waters of Lake Van, eastern Turkey (recognized by CMAS).[8] She stated that she preferred the site for her world-record free-diving attempt because she wanted to call world's attention to the migration of Pearl Mullet (Chalcalburnus tarichi), also called Lake Van fish.[9]

She set a new free-diving world record in the VNF discipikine reaching the 91 m (299 ft) depth mark in 2:49 minutes at Kaş, Antalya, southern Turkey on July 23, 2014. Former record in this discipline, which was set the previous year, belonged to Derya Can, another Turkish diver.[10]

On October 22, 2016, Ercümen set a new world record off Kaş, Turkey diving to a depth of 110 m (360 ft) in the variable weight apnea with fins at sea (VWT) discipline in 2:44 minutes. Her record was recognized by CMAS officials at site.[11]

World records


  1. 1 2 3 Erdem, Arif (2010-01-31). "Dalışta Türkiye basamakları çıkmaya başladı". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2013-06-17.
  2. "Guines Rekorlar Kitabı'na giren son Türk". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 24 February 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
  3. 1 2 3 4 "Denizkızı Şahika rekor peşinde!". Sabah (in Turkish). 2011-11-04. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
  4. 1 2 3 "Şahika Ercümen dünya rekoru kırdı". Sabah (in Turkish). 2011-11-11. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
  5. "Şahika rekor kırdı". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2011-02-13. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
  6. "Şahika Ercümen Breaks Diving Record". TRT World. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
  7. "Turkish athlete Şahika ERCÜMEN made her world record attempts in the famous Blue Hole, Dahab, Sinai Peninsula-Egypt". CMAS. 2011-11-14. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
  8. "Şahika Ercümen'den dünya rekoru". Sabah (in Turkish). 2013-06-01. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
  9. "World Record From Şahika Ercümen In Lake Van!". Dive With Seman. 2013-06-03. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
  10. "Turkish diver Şahika Ercümen breaks new freediving record". Hürriyet Daily News. 2014-07-23. Retrieved 2016-10-23.
  11. Acar, Ahmet (2016-10-22). "Şahika Ercümen'den 110 metre dalışla yeni dünya rekoru". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2016-10-23.
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