Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Herbert Nitsch Recovering Well after achieving World Record depth


Herbert Nitsch’s management have issued an official statement on his recent 800ft / 244m No-Limits (NLT) world record attempt dive that ended with him being air-lifted to a decompression chamber in Athens, Greece.

It has been confirmed that Herbert hit his target depth of 800ft / 244m during his dive and re-ascended without any technical issues.  Once he reached his planned stop depth of 10m he felt unwell and physically unstable so was escorted to the surface by his safety team where he took received an oxygen regulator and proceeded with his decompression dive between 6 – 9m.

Despite earlier reports that he hadn’t hit his target depth it has become clear he did manage to, however without a clear and successful surface protocol, published video footage nor any formal AIDA judges there will be doubt in some people’s minds as to whether this dive would constitute a formal World Record.

Latest news from the hospital is that he has been receiving care in an Athens Decompression Chamber and is showing strong signs of recovery although is apparently still in the Intensive Care Unit under close observation.

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Stephan Whelan
Stephan is the Founder of His passion for the underwater world started at 8 years-old with a try-dive in a hotel pool on holiday that soon formulated into a lifelong love affair with the oceans. In 1996 he set up and helped grow the site to be one of the largest diving websites around today.


  1. Let us separate two issues here, Herbert’s health and a world record . I like everyone else most sincerely wish Herbert a full and speedy recovery.
     As regards the subject of world record , AIDA has built in fail- safes ( the surface protocols )  to ensure not only that a record is clean and within the competence of an athlete  but also to protect the athlete from the consequences of attempting something not gained systematically and incrementally .
       It my opinion it is utterly irresponsible to talk of a record where a diver ends up in critical care  in an intensive care unit . This also creates an appalling precedent.
       It might be the time to sit back soberly an evaluate what went wrong.    


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