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Şahika Ercümen
Life Below Water Advocate of UNDP Turkey

Photo: Levent Kulu

 

Şahika Ercümen was born on January 16, 1985 in Çanakkale, Turkey.

Freediving national team athlete, world record holder, Turkey's first female freediving instructor, documentary presenter and also nutrition and diet expert Ercumen, got her undergraduate degree from Ankara Başkent University, Nutrition and Dietetics department. She continues her post-graduate education in the same department.

On top of her world records, having been attending swimming and underwater sports since 1998, she holds over 100 medals, a variety of special awards, trophies, a collection of Turkish records from national and international competitions.

In 2018, she dived to the deepest pool in the world in Italy on the occasion of 5 June World Environment Day and swam among plastic wastes.

Within the scope of the 3rd National Antarctic Science Expedition, that she participated in February 2019 in Antarctica, the national athlete made history as the first Turkish woman to dive without a tube in the history of the continent.

In October 2019, Ercümen broke another world record by going 100 meters underwater horizontally in 2 minutes and 5 seconds in her dive in Gilindire Cave that carries ruins from the glacial period and is one of the most special places in the world.

Şahika Ercümen holds 10 official world records in the field of freediving while also voluntarily carrying out many underwater social responsibility projects showing her passion and gratitude for water.

On June 2020, she was declared to be the Life Below Water Advocate of UNDP in Turkey.