Just weeks after South African Nuno Gomes set a new world record on open circuit scuba to a depth of 318m in the Egyptian Red Sea, French technical diver, Pascal Bernabe, surpassed the record by setting a new world record for deep diving with a depth of 330m.
Bernabe broke the record in Corsica on open circuit scuba, with a descent time of less than ten minutes and a total time of 529 minutes for decompression.
The world record dive was the 41-year-old’s fifth attempt at breaking the open circuit deep diving record, which he spent three years preparing for. Dive manufacturer Ralf Tech sponsored the event, which involved a dive support team of thirty team members and 12 support divers.
The experienced deep diver completed the dive on trimix, carrying a total of seven cylinders. In addition, 20 cylinders of various gas blends were also placed on three decompression lines.