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Top 5 Record Breaking Dives

Chief Navy Diver (DSW/SS) Daniel P. Jackson of Navy Reserve Deep Submergence Unit (DSU) Deepest Dive Ever Recorded

Leave it to the Navy to set the record. A Navy diver submerged 2,000 feet, setting a record using the new Atmospheric Diving System (ADS) suit, off the coast of La Jolla, Calif., Aug. 1, 2006.

Chief Navy Diver (DSW/SS) Daniel P. Jackson of Navy Reserve Deep Submergence Unit (DSU) was randomly selected to certify the ADS suit for use by the Navy.

Developed by OceanWorks International from Vancouver, British Columbia, the Hardsuit 2000 was designed to withstand underwater pressure at 2,000 feet. Current models have only been able to go down as far as 1,200 feet. Meeting the Navy's high safety requirements, the ADS suit was designed and acquired by the Navy to support submarine rescue.

Free Diving World Record Holder

Herbert Nitsch - Free Diving World Record Holder

Herbert Nitsch is known best for the 33 Free Diving World Records he holds. Of course the granddaddy of all his accomplishments was the one set in June of 2012 when he broke the world record for Free Diving by reaching a depth of 830 feet - and lived to tell about it. It is ironic to point out that Herbert’s day job is Captain of a commercial airliner. By day, he's thousands of feet high in the sky and after work he free dives deeper in the ocean than any man alive.

Scuba Diving World Record Holder

Scuba Diver Ahmed Gabr

Scuba divers can dive to great depths, but this world recorder holder tops them all. Egyptian Ahmed Gabr plunged approximately 1,090 feet into the Red Sea off the coast of Dahab, Egypt in 2014 to smash the world record for scuba divers.

According to Guinness World Records, that descent -- about as deep as New York City's Chrysler Building is tall -- is the deepest scuba dive ever. Ahmed used 9 air tanks to get to his record setting depth and he spent almost 14 hours decompressing from the dive.

Female Scuba Diver Record Holder

When it comes to scuba diving records for women, South African native, Verna Van Schaik holds the current deepest dive record.

Verna Van Schaik holds the current deepest dive record.

Verna used scuba gear to go 221 meters deep (725 ft) in the Boesmansgat cave in South Africa. It took her 12 minutes to get to the bottom and 5 hours and 15 minutes to get back topside. 

When it comes to free diving, the current world record is held by Tanya Streeter at a depth of 525 feet. Worth noting that Ms. Streeter’s number one competitor and previous world record holder, Audrey Mestre, died trying to break the 525 ft mark in 2002. While setting records is very cool. Living to brag about that record is much more important.

Film maker Breaks Solo Submarine Record:

James Cameron - Solo Sub Dive

The guy who made some pretty cool movies like The Terminator (series), Alien (Series), Avatar and one of our TOP 5 best diving movies ever made - The Abyss - is now the same guy that holds the solo sub deepest dive ever record.

The previous record had been help by the US navy since 1960. James Cameron broke that over 60 year old record recently when he took his solo sub 6.8 miles deep into the Marianna Trench. It just goes to show you that if you have lots of money, and a bad-ass attitude you can accomplish of lot of cool things.


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