I often get asked about deep diving and about the deepest scuba dive ever. I always answer: Diving is not about depth.
But when you’re diving past 1,000 feet, well, then it’s only about depth. This is what we can verily call deep diving.
Here is 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, September 18th, Gabr, a former member of the Egyptian armed forces and now a scuba diving instructor, plummeted to a record-shattering depth of 1,090.45 feet (332.35 meters). Surpassing the previous record, set by South African Nuno Gomez in 2005, by more than 42 feet.
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
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 allowed for decompression and expulsion of nitrogen from his body’s tissues.
There were several support divers in the water with Mr. Gabr, had anything gone wrong during his dive. On land, a team of hyperbaric doctors was also ready to lend their support.
The deepest of these maintained a depth of 330 feet (100 meters), meaning the 41-year-old former lieutenant-colonel descended the last more than 760 feet 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 set 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 in 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 claims by Mr. Bernabe himself, he successfully reached a depth of 1,082 feet (330 meters).
This dive was, however, not validated by officials, so it can’t be certified as the official world record, even though a number of divers and dive clubs accept his record as true.
This generated a lot of debate over which dive was actually the world’s deepest, a debate which can now be laid to rest, as Mr. Gabr’s dive is a full 7.7 feet (2.35 meters) deeper than Mr. Bernabe’s.
And this was officially verified making, it without question, the world’s deepest dive.
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A year preparing for one dive
For the dive, Mr. Gabr had spent a full year preparing. He conducted several training dives and spent a long time preparing gas mixes for the dive.
He used a different gas mix at different depths including surface air, nitrox, trimix, and pure oxygen. 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! Let me know in the comments below!