Egyptian looks to shatter deep-sea diving record

It will take Ahmad Gabr over 14 hours to reach 350-meter depth

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Ahmad Gabr, a retired army officer, will attempt to set a new world record by diving to a depth of 350 meters on Sept. 18.
According to Ahram Online, it will take Gabr, a diving instructor, about 14-and-a-half hours to reach that depth.

The attempt is expected to use up at least 124 cylinders of oxygen and other gases.

The task is not one to be taken lightly as the diver must allow sufficient time for harmful gases to depressurize and leave the body, Ahram Online reported.

The current record for the deepest dive is held by South Africa’s Nuno Gomez, who reached a depth of 318.25-meters in 2005.

It took more than 12 hours to descend to that depth.

The H2O Divers scuba diving center in South Sinai’s Dahab is cooperating with Gabr’s attempt to break the record.

The Guinness Book of World Records has accepted Gabr’s submission and will be present to observe the attempt, which will take place off a boat on the southern coast of Dahab at 8 a.m.

Gabr and the diving team are currently preparing for the attempt with training dives and by running drills for underwater emergencies.

The diving team includes more than 30 members that range from the surface support crew to support divers to help Gabr.

The event manager Dan Goodman has told Ahram Online that the new equipment required for the attempt costs about $13,126.

“The cost is exponential, the whole team is working on a volunteer basis,” Goodman said, according to Ahram Online. “But everyone is excited and putting in extra hours.”