Derya Can

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Derya Can Göçen
Derya Can

(1979-10-12) October 12, 1979 (age 44)
Çanakkale, Turkey
Alma materÇanakkale Onsekiz Mart University
Occupation(s)Free-diver, teacher
SpouseTayfun Göçen

Derya Can Göçen (born Derya Can on October 12, 1979) is a Turkish world record holder female free-diver and school teacher.

Family life[edit]

Derya Can was born in Çanakkale, Turkey on October 12, 1979. She studied physical education and sports at Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University graduating in 2001. She has been working as a teacher since 2009.[1]

She is married to Tayfun Göçen, who is chief diver of a search and rescue team at the Turkish Coast Guard,[2] and also a free-diver.[3] She is a mother of two children, a 2011-born son Poyraz Mustafa and a daughter Derin Helen born in 2015.[2] The family lives in Canakkale.[1]

Sporting career[edit]

She began performing sport already in primary school years. After achieving regional success in athletics,[2] she switched over to taekwondo in the high school. She was called up to the national team camp for the 2000 Summer Olympics after her success as the runners-up at the Turkish championships. However, she had to hang up her boots after sustaining an injury on her knee.[1]

Performing scuba diving since her age of fifteen, she was inspired for freediving in 2002 by her cousin, who was a former free-diver.[2] She was admitted to the Turkey national team already in 2003.[1]

Can Göçen holds many titles in diverse freediving disciplines at national, continental and world level competitions.[2] She was the world record holder in the jump blue apnea with fins (JB) discipline in 2008 with 128.49 m (421.6 ft). In 2013, she set a world record in the constant weight without fins at sea (CWT) discipline with 71 m (233 ft).[1] She improved her own world record from 2013 to 90.20 m (295.9 ft) in 2:29 minutes off Kaş, Antalya, Turkey on July 20, 2014.[3][4] Can Göçen set a national record in the CWT discipline, which was held by Şahika Ercümen, improving it to a depth of 77 m (253 ft) on September 2, 2016.[5][6] She placed third in the CWT discipline with 78 m (256 ft) in 2:02 minutes at the CMAS 2nd Apnea World Championship Outdoor held at Kaş, Turkey on October 4, 2016. Her achievement was a national record at the same time.[7][8] On December 16, 2016, she set a CMAS-recognized world record in the variable weight apnea without fins at sea (VNF) diving in Kaş to a depth of 94 m (308 ft) in 2:38 min. Former record belonged to Şahika Ercümen with 91 m (299 ft).[9] On February 25, 2017, she set a new CMAS-approved world record diving a distance of 120 m (390 ft) under the ice layer at the frozen lake Weissensee in Austria.[10]

She is a member of the Middle East Technical University's underwater sports club ODTÜ SAS.[3] She admits that she is afraid of the deep blue sea, however, continues with free-diving, which helps overcome her fear.[2]

World records[edit]

  • JB 128.49 m (421.6 ft) – 2008
  • CWT 71 m (233 ft) – 2013
  • CWT 90.20 m (295.9 ft) – July 20, 2014 in Kaş, Antalya, Turkey
  • VNF 94 m (308 ft) – December 16, 2016 in Kaş
  • Distance diving under ice 120 m (390 ft) – Weissensee, Austria


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  2. ^ a b c d e f Türkantos, Ekin (2016-09-04). "Derya Can: 'Derin maviden inanılmaz korkuyorum'". Habertürk. Retrieved 2016-10-23.
  3. ^ a b c "Derya Can'dan 3. Dünya Rekoru". Milliyet (in Turkish). 2014-07-20. Retrieved 2016-10-23.
  4. ^ Anter, Yaşar (2016-05-16). "Derya Can, yeni dalış rekoru için Bodrum'da antremanda". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2016-10-23.
  5. ^ "Derya Can dalış rekoru kırarak Şahika Ercümen'i tahtından indirdi!". Karar (in Turkish). 2016-09-02. Retrieved 2016-10-23.
  6. ^ Karakaş, Ahmet (2016-09-03). "Monopalette Derya Can rekor kırdı". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2016-10-23.
  7. ^ "Derya Can dünya üçüncüsü oldu". Fanatik (in Turkish). 2016-10-04. Retrieved 2016-10-23.
  8. ^ "Derya Can Göçen'den Türkiye rekoru". Spor X (in Turkish). 2016-10-04. Retrieved 2016-10-23.
  9. ^ "Derya Can dünya rekoru kırdı!". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2016-12-16. Retrieved 2016-12-30.
  10. ^ "Neuer Weltrekord in Kärnten: Unter Eis tauchen". Kleine Zeitung (in German). 2017-02-25. Retrieved 2017-03-05.