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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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