He set his first record on 17 August 1996 in Siracusa, which had always been home to the historic freediving records of Enzo Maiorca; Gianluca set the new record in variable-ballast free diving with a descent to -106 mt.
He then surpassed this record himself a good eight times in eight years, becoming the undisputed king of the discipline.
1997 4 October Arbatax - Sardinia -120 meters.
1998 2 October P. Ottiolu - Sardinia -121 meters.
1999 30 September P. Ottiolu - Sardinia -122 meters.
2000 8 October P. Ottiolu - Sardinia -123 meters.
2000 12 October P. Ottiolu - Sardinia -125 meters.
2001 22 September Rapallo - Genoa -126 meters.
2002 29 September Moneglia - Genoa -132 meters.
2004 2 October Chiavari – Genoa -133 meters
2006 5th October Sharm El Sheikh -141 metres
Alongside these records he also boasts victory at the World Team Freediving Championships in 1998, 21-27 June at S.Teresa of G.- Sardinia.
And Gianluca Genoni's collection of trophies is not limited to variable-ballast diving, but also includes achievements in limited variable ballast, a discipline in which he earned two world records
1998 3 October P. Ottiolu - Sardinia - 135 mt.
1999 2 October P. Ottiolu - Sardinia -138 meters.http://www.genoni.com/