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Ahmed Gabr breaks record for deepest scuba dive at more than 1,000 feet!

October 6th, 2014

Many World Records titles are based on going up – soaring higher and higher for a freefall parachute jump; speeding faster and faster for a land speed car drive; building taller and taller for the tallest manmade structure.

But, just as iconic is breaking a record for going down. Ahmed, a 41-year-old Egyptian, has broken the record for the deepest SCUBA dive, plunging an astonishing 332.35 m (1,090 ft 4.5 in) in the Red Sea off the coast of Dahab, Egypt.

In order to make the record dive, numerous precautions and preparations needed to be taken to ensure Ahmed’s safety and success. The special forces officer in the Egyptian Army has spent 17 years as a diving instructor and used the last four training for the attempt. When the day finally came, Ahmed needed approximately 12 minutes to reach his record depth, which was measured with a specially tagged rope that accompaniedhim. But, to ensure safe passage back to the surface, it required nearly 15 hours to have Ahmed return back for air after breaking the record, due to the various risks of the water pressure at such depths.

After diving further underwater than any person ever, and resurfacing with a smile on his face, Ahmed proved that not only can someone survive – they can earn a spot in history sure to never be forgotten.

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