Scuba Diving Records

Longest Dives
Longest Underwater scuba submergence in a controlled environment
The continuous duration record-with no breaks-for remaining underwater using a breathing apparatus is 220 hours by Singapore adventurer Khoo Siow Chiow on December 25, 2005.
Longest Open Freshwater scuba dive
Jerry Hall (USA) spent 71 hours, 39 minutes and 40 seconds underwater on August 6-9, 2002 in South Holston Lake, Bristol Tennessee, USA. Using scuba gear for his dive, Hall spent most of the time reclining on a wooden platform suspended by cables underwater.
Longest Saltwater scuba dive
On December 2004, Johan Beukes spent 82.5 hours underwater in the uShaka Marine World Aquarium in South Africa.
Deepest Dives
Deepest open circuit scuba dive
Pascal Bernabé (Ralf Tech/WR1 Team) on July 5, 2005 descended to 1,083 feet (330 m). The dive took place near Propriano, Corsica.
Deepest Rebreather dive
The late Dave Shaw on October 28, 2004 set the world record depth for a rebreather dive when he descended to 885 feet (270 m) using a modified Mk 15.5 rebreather at Boesmansgat, South Africa. This was also the deepest cave dive on a rebreather and the deepest altitude dive on a rebreather. The cave elevation is 5,085 feet (1,550 m).
Deepest wreck dive
On December 12, 2005, Leigh Cunningham and Mark Andrews set the deepest wreck dive on the MV Yolande at a depth of 205 meters (672 feet). They spent six minutes on the wreck and had a run time of 205 minutes. Mark Andrews and Leigh Cunningham are both Instructor trainers for the professional scuba association and teach a range of technical diving in the Red Sea.
Deepest woman wreck dive
On Mayday, 2007, local technical diver and instructor Nina Preisner set a new world record. At 13.40 local time, she became the deepest woman wreck diver on open circuit scuba, having glided comfortably down through the blue to settle on the bow of the Jolanda at a depth of 159 metres (529 feet). Carrying 6 tanks of various breathing gasses and accompanied by Oceans’ Deepest Angel, Neil Black, she spent 4 minutes on the sunken deck of the stricken vessel during a dive that lasted 157 minutes, most of which was spent decompressing.
Highest Dives (altitude diving)

In 2000, a Russian team (Andrei Andryushin, Denis Bakin and Maxim Gresko) set the unofficial world record for high altitude scuba diving at Lake Tilicho in the Anapurna range in Nepal. They dove at an altitude of 16,000+ feet.
In 2002, NASA planetary geologis Dr. Natalie Cabrol set the unofficial world record for high altitude free diving in the Licancábur volcanic lake in Chile/Bolivia. The lake is at 19,400 feet.
Other diving records
For a list of cave diving records, click here.
For a list of free diving records, click here.
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Underwater Camera Lights/Strobes

Our Underwater Camera Lights section teaches you the basics of underwater strobes, aiming your lights, balancing your strobe light with the natural light that’s available, and much more. This section also talks about avoiding the dreaded photo ruining “backscatter” problem.

Andrew Dawson

After scuba diving for the first time in 1994, Andrew Dawson realized he had found his true passion, and has been pursuing underwater photography ever since.  He has traveled extensively to various diving hot-spots around the world, including Fiji, British Columbia, the Caribbean and Bahamas, Cocos Island, the Galapagos, Mexico, and California.

Andrew’s personal journey is fueled by his desire to educate people about marine life and issues related to our oceans.  He recognizes that at a time when marine ecosystems are under enormous threa, the worst damage being done is unseen by most of humankind.  The ability to open people’s eyes to the hidden beauty and power of the ocean is underwater photography’s greatest promise.

The primary camera system Andrew used for most of these images was a Nikon F4 in an Aquatica housing, along with Ikelite strobes.  His favorite lenses are the Nikkor 18mm/3.5 for wide-angle, and the 105mm/2.8 Macro for close-up work.  He says, “I haven’t been in a big hurry to make the switch to digital, since I had serious misgivings about the quality of the early systems.  Since DSLR’s have certainly matured into something usable now, I’m sure I’ll take the plunge in the near future, although it will mean basically building a whole new system from scratch.  And part of me will always miss the look of film…”

Andrew’s images have been featured in various scuba magazines, calendars, and websites, and are represented by SuperStock Inc.  He lives in Los Angeles, California, where he makes his living doing voice-overs and sound design for the entertainment industry.

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The Wreck Diving Video Library

This is a video depot of current short films maintained by for wreck diving. Note: All videos require Windows Media Player.

To play the videos: Click on the images to play

Oil Wreck" Expedition In Search of a Name

USS Oriskany

USS Oriskany Sinking off the coast of Pensecola, Fl

Eagle Wreck Dive

Araby Maid, Rhein, and U2513 Wrecks Gulf of Mexico

Tenneco Towers off Gulf Shores Alabama