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New Guinness record - 145 hours underwater!

Listen to this article An Egyptian diver has set a new Guinness World Record for the longest dive in open water. Diving instructor Saddam Killany spent 145 hours and 30 minutes underwater, which translates to just over 6 days! The record attempt began on Thursday, 5 November, in the Egyptian capital of technical divers, Dahab.
Published: November 12, 2020 - 09:00
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 21:32
New Guinness record – 145 hours underwater!
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An Egyptian diver has set a new Guinness World Record for the longest dive in open water. Diving instructor Saddam Killany spent 145 hours and 30 minutes underwater, which translates to just over 6 days!

The record attempt began on Thursday, 5 November, in the Egyptian capital of technical divers, Dahab. Such an exhausting and demanding task was preceded by years of preparation and many necessary tests of the equipment and solutions used.

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After all, a diver who is to spend almost a week underwater not only has to eat and drink, but also rest, sleep, kill time (anyone who has done a slightly longer decompression knows what this is about) and take care of all physiological needs. It was also essential to have a properly prepared and trained team assisting with the record attempt.

At the moment there is still not much information and details about the record-breaking dive. The world media have not yet taken up the topic, and only rudimentary information about the successful attempt is coming from Egypt. We will certainly be returning to this topic in the near future to better explain Saddam Killany’s feat.

Meanwhile, it remains for us to warmly congratulate the new record holder, for he has done something that is truly impressive!


If you are interested in records set in deep waters, you will certainly be interested in the article by the legendary Nuno Gomes published in the 8th issue of our the DIVERS24 quarterly magazine! The digital version of the magazine is available free of charge, while the printed version can be purchased in our online shop.

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Tomasz Andrukajtis
Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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