Deep Diving Record
Diver getting ready for Deep dive

Jon Milnes

I often gets asked how deep do you dive?

And I always answer: Diving is not about depth.

But when you are diving passed 300 meters, well then it’s all about depth. This is what we can call deep diving.

Here’s Thomas’ article on the deepest dive ever:

An 11-year-old world record was broken recently. When Egyptian scuba diver Ahmed Abdel Gabr completed the world’s deepest scuba dive.

On Thursday the 18th of September, Gabr, a former member of the Egyptian armed forces and now a scuba diving instructor, plummeted to a record-shattering depth of 332.35 meters/1,090.45 feet. Surpassing the previous record, set by South African Nuno Gomez in 2005, by more than 14 meters.

Mr. Gabr’s dive was done in Dahab, on the east coast of Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, the same place where mr. Gomez did his record dive in 2005.

An official record

The Guinness Book of World Records officially announced that the attempt had been successful and had been validated and confirmed by judges.

Check the official Guinness Record for Deepest dive

Guinness World Record for deepest scuba dive

Credit: Guinness World Record

12 Minutes down 824 Getting back up

The descent took a full 12 minutes, but resurfacing took a monumental 824 minutes (a bit less than 14 hours). This allow for decompression and expulsion of nitrogen from his body’s tissues.

There were several support divers in the water with mr Gabr, should anything go wrong during his dive. On land a team of hyperbaric doctors were also ready to supply their supported.

The deepest of these maintained a depth of 100 meters/330 feet, meaning the 41-year-old former lieutenant-colonel descended the last more than 232 meters on his own. This was by far the lion’s share of the dive, in terms of depth at least. The surface diver accompanied him on the entire dive except for the 40 minutes spent at the greatest depths.

During the course of the dive, mr. Gabr consumed more than 60 tanks of various gasses. With different mixes used for different depths to minimize nitrogen load on the descent, and aid in decompression on his ascent.

The record settles an old argument

The dive and the new world record also sets to rest a controversy in the world of extreme deep diving.

While mr. Gomez’ dive in 2005 has so far been the recognized, official world record for deep diving for a male on an open scuba unit. The same year, a deeper dive was supposedly completed by the French diver Pascal Bernabe off the coast of Corsica.

According to mr. Bernabe himself, he successfully reached a depth of 330 meters.

However, as this dive was not validated by officials, it cannot be certified as the official world record, however a number of divers and dive clubs accept his record as being true.

This has generated much debate over which dive is actually the world’s deepest, a debate which can now be laid to rest, as mr. Gabr’s dive a full 2.35 meters deeper than mr. Bernabe’s.

And this was officially verified, making it without question the world’s deepest dive.


A year preparing for one dive

For the dive, mr. Gabr had spent a full year preparing. He conducted several training dives, and spent long time preparing gas mixes for the dive.

He used a combination of surface air, nitrox, trimix, and pure oxygen, depending on the depth. He had to switch stage bottles regularly, but he also needed to switch out his BCD and double tanks along the way as well.

How deep is your deepest dive?

Even though diving isn’t done for depth, many divers like going deep.

I’d like to know what your max diving depth is! Tell it in the comments below!