Egyptian technical diver Ahmed Gabr is the new Guinness World Record holder for Deepest Scuba Dive (male) after reaching a depth of 332.35 meters in the Gulf of Aqaba near Dahab, South Sinai. The previous record, set near Dahab’s Blue Hole in 2005, was 318 meters. Gabr surfaced after midnight on September 19 after more than 15 hours in the water - of which less than half an hour was spent reaching record depth.
The bulk of Gaber’s dive was spent ascending gradually with lengthy decompression stops at specific depths to allow his body to safely eliminate gasses built up in his blood under the extreme water pressure. Gabr, who used some 90 tanks of varying gas mixes during his dive, had a team of 14 support divers assisting him over the course of the dive.
To verify his depth with the Guinness World Record adjudicator present on the boat, Gabr wore three different dive computers to record his depth and retrieved pre-positioned tags on his descent line. Gabr’s personal goal was to reach 350 meters.
Leo Morales, who holds the Guinness World Record for the deepest scuba dive by a person with a disability, posted on his Facebook page the moment Gabr returned to the surface here.
Don’t miss Egypt Today’s one on one with Gabr in the October print issue.