Saturday, February 4, 2023

New Women’s Deep Cave Diving Record Set


There’s a new record for the deepest cave dive by a woman on open-circuit scuba.

South Africa’s Karen van den Oever in October dove to 805.93ft/245.65m, breaking her own previous record of 774ft/236m.

The dive itself lasted 8 hours 11 minutes, and took place in South Africa’s Boesmansgat cave. The sinkhole in that cave is at an elevation of 5,085ft/1,550m above sea level.

Due to the elevation (and related decompression calculations, van den Oever’s dive was comparable to a 945ft/288m dive at sea level.

Check out a video of her dive below.

(Featured Image credit: Karen van den Oever via Facebook)

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.