Two hundred forty scuba divers this past weekend broke the Guinness World Record for the longest underwater human chain off the coast of Deerfield Beach, Florida.

Pavan Arilton, owner of Dixie Divers in Deerfield Beach, organized the event, which took place on Saturday, June 17th. The previous record was 182 divers off the coast of Thailand.

The attempt was part of a two-day event with the collaboration of The City of Deerfield Beach and many other local dive stores and dive clubs.

Beginning Friday night, the City of Deerfield closed the City Pier to fishing to allow for divers to enjoy the scenery under the pier for a night dive. Brownie’s Third Lung provided several of their new 3D Buoys to illuminate the waters around the pier as dive markers to visually alert boaters there were divers underwater.

Florida Divers Set New Guinness World Record For Longest Underwater Human Chain
Florida Divers Set New Guinness World Record For Longest Underwater Human Chain (Photo credit: Dixie Divers)

On Saturday morning, Dixie Divers organized an underwater cleanup where bags of fishing line and garbage were methodically removed from the underwater columns of the pier and surrounding areas. After the pier cleanup, each diver received a numbered tag and formed a chain in a semicircle around the pier underwater between the 3D Buoys. The Official Guinness Coordinator then dove the site to provide an official count.

Check out the video below for some really cool drone footage by US Aerial Services of the event.


  1. Hassan Fouad El-Tayeb, , diving trainer, more than 30 years experience, now chairman of the Maritime Rescue and Environmental Protection Society in the Red Sea. We will soon announce the collection of the largest number of divers in the world of Hurghada for those wishing to register. [email protected]

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