Saturday, July 31, 2021

Turkish Diver Cem Karabay Sets Guinness World Record For Six-Day Dive


If you want to commemorate a historical event, one way to do it might be to hang out underwater for six days.

Which is exactly what Turkish diver Cem Karabay did recently.

On July 20, Karabay set a new Guinness World Record for the “longest open-water scuba dive” by staying under for 142 hours, 42 minutes and 42 seconds to commemorate the 42nd anniversary of Turkey’s invasion of Cyprus in 1974.

The feat nearly doubles Karabay’s previous record of 72 hours that he set in 2015.

Karabay is no stranger to spending days underwater and also holds three world records set in 2009, 2011, 2015. Karabay set a record in 2011 for the “longest scuba dive in a controlled environment”, when he stayed underwater in a pool in Istanbul for over 192 hours.

While underwater, Karabay downed food and liquids and even played backgammon. When he surfaced after the dive, Northern Cyprus Prime Minister Huseyin Ozgurgun was there to greet him.

Cem Karabay World Record Scuba Dive
Cem Karabay World Record Scuba Dive

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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.