Posted by Northcoast_diver on October 26, 2004 at 14:47:38:
FYI Divernet. Occasionally someone wonders about how deep has anyone gone. This is it, separately for the women's and the men's records.
South Africa woman breaks world scuba diving record
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by CARMEN SANCHEZ
SOUTH AFRICA (25 Oct 2004) -- A South African woman has set a new world record for the deepest scuba dive by a female.
Verna van Schaik from Gauteng set the new record by diving to a depth of 221 meters at Boesmansgat, which also gave her the record for deepest cave dive and altitude dive.
Van Schaick descended to the maximum depth of 221 meters in 12 meters and then started the long ascent back to the surface, which required 40 decompression stops that totaled five hours and 27 minutes.
Near the end of the dive, Van Schaick switched to 100 percent oxygen to help flush nitrogen out of her body.
Another South African, Nuno Gomes, recently tried to set a new world record for the deepest scuba dive but failed with a dive of "only" 271 meters, well short of the planned maximum depth of 320 meters and the current record of 313 meters set by Mark Ellyatt in Thailand on December 18, 2003.
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