Down down deeper and down with Umberto Pelizzari
The Adeje municipal school of aquatic activities, base for the Apnea Academy West Europre Centre in la Caleta, will host a free diving course for professionals led by Umberto Pelizzari.
This is the third consecutive year that the Italian diver, widely considered among the best of all times in the discipline, with world records in all branches of free-diving, will lead the course which is running until October 11th. According to the Adeje sports councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera “with this course we are hoping to strengthen the Canarias and in particular Costa Adeje’s standing as the best place in the world for top level underwater activities.
Since its inauguration this municipal school has hosted many diverse high level aquatic activities with over 500 people from all over the world travelling to Adeje for courses during 2014/2015. With the protected bay in La Caleta, the waters maintain an average temperature of 23º throughout the year making it an ideal location for these kinds of sports.
The school’s director Francisco González Castro, describes Umberto Pelizzari as “the best and best known person in the history of the sport of free-diving, who furthermore has chosen the Canaries and in particular Costa Adeje in Tenerife to pursue his training programmes”.
Alongside the course a number of talks are taking place with youth and other local bodies, contributing to the promotion of Costa Adeje as a sporting destination. On October 9th Pelizzari will join photographer Sergio Hanquet in presenting a conference (in Spanish) ‘A life united with the sea”.
Umberto Pelizzari was born in 1965 in the province of Varese and by the age of 17 had taken part in 11 major diving championships. In 1984 he began to concentrate on free-diving and in 1990 recorded his first world record of a time of 6’ 03”. In the same year he also broke his first depth record in the sport. He has continued to make and break world records and is the only athlete in the sport to have held world records in all the related disciplines.