‘Sit Down With Steve’ On Space Coast Daily TV Features Free Diving Champion Alli Penovich of Cocoa Beach
By Space Coast Daily // January 19, 2020
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SPACE COAST DAILY TV: In the latest edition of “Sit Down with Steve,” the Friday Night Locker Room’s Steve Wilson talks with Brevard County resident and Free Diving Champion Alli Penovich.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – In the latest edition of “Sit Down with Steve,” the Friday Night Locker Room’s Steve Wilson talks with Brevard County resident and Free Diving Champion Alli Penovich.
Penovich recently won 1st Overall Female at the Singapore Depth Championship, and 3rd Overall Female at the Sabang International Freediving Competition.
Freediving is basically diving as deep as you can without any type of apparatus, such as scuba gear that relies on breath-holding until resurfacing rather than the use of breathing apparatus such as scuba gear.
Being a life-long resident of Brevard County, Penovich grew up around the water. Every available moment, she would spend time with her dad out on their boat.
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After winning 1st Overall Female at the Singapore Depth Championship Penovich posted the following to social media:
“71m/ 233ft Free Immersion. This was THE dive that all the days of training over the past three months led up to.
I felt oddly at peace with the depth, given the competition and third place overall in reach but I had the number in my head and it didn’t scare me, didn’t intimidate me. I wanted it and knew I could do it. I didn’t ask anyone how the thermoclines were that day because I didn’t want to expect anything or be tense waiting for it.
I wanted to do the dive on my own terms without worrying about what might or might not come. I was calm all through the count down and started the dive feeling really strong. 20m came fast and I took a big mouthfill, couple more pulls to 30m and topped it off and one last pull into my freefall.
I felt really relaxed and comfortable while sinking. I was able to let the line run down my shoulder and let the water rush by. The water got slightly colder as I sank deeper and deeper but I stayed focused on equalization and nothing else.
I got to about 60m and still no major thermocline and I knew I had to be almost there. I heard my last alarm, grabbed a tag and made the turn.
I counted 20 short fast pulls bringing me up through the deep, deep blue then started to lengthen them out as I reached my safety divers.
I reached the surface 2 minutes and 46 seconds later. After receiving a white card, I climbed on the the platform exhausted, ecstatic and my coach Bobby Kim gave me the biggest hug. This was the moment, all those hours in the water led up to. And we did it.”