Scuba organizations say recreational divers shouldn’t go below about 130 feet , but one Egyptian diver recently ventured a bit deeper – going more than 1,000 feet below the ocean surface and setting a world record in the process.
Egyptian Guinness World Record holder for deepest scuba dive, Ahmed Gabr, said he will break another world record in February of next year. He didn’t reveal exactly what the record would be, but he said it would relate to environmental conservation of marine life. Gabr spent four years preparing for his record-breaking dive, according to Guinness World Records, and has about 17 years experience as a scuba diving instructor.
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The 41-year-old former army officer completed a 14-hour dive off the coast of Dahab in South Sinai on 18 September, breaking the world record for deepest dive at 332.35 meters.
Attending the talk were Ahmed Kamel, his mentor and Middle East director of the Technical Diving International organisation, and professor Ayman Wanas, vice dean of engineering at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, one of the expert witnesses present for the world record.
Gabr, Kamel and Wanas talked to the attendees about the preparations that went into the record breaking, the risks Gabr faced during the attempt and why he decided to go for it.