I often gets asked how deep do you dive? And I always answer: Diving is not about depth.
Ahmed, a 41-year-old Egyptian, has broken the record for the deepest SCUBA dive on Thursday the 18th of September 2014, plunging an astonishing 332.35 m (1,090 ft 4.5 in) in the Red Sea off the coast of Dahab, Egypt. Ahmed’s amazing dive broke the previous mark of 318.25 m (1,044 ft) by South African Nuno Gomes in 2005, also off the coast of Dahab.
In order to make the record dive, numerous precautions and preparations needed to be taken to ensure Ahmed’s safety and success. The special forces officer in the Egyptian Army has spent 17 years as a diving instructor and used the last four training for the attempt. He submitted his original application of intent to Guinness World Records more than a year before his 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 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.
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.
Ahmed told the media leading up to the attempt that he was hoping to prove that humans can in fact survive under such conditions as deep sea immersion. After diving further underwater than any person ever, and resurfacing with a smile on his face, Ahmed proved that not only can someone survive – they can earn a spot in history sure to never be forgotten.