Sunday, September 5, 2010
Longest Open Saltwater Scuba Dive - Ivan
Zhelezarov sets world record
KITEN, Bulgaria -- Ivan Zhelezarov,
27, a NAUI instructor with Marina Diving Center, spent 50
hours and 2 minutes under water, setting a new world record
for the Longest
Open Saltwater Scuba Dive; the world record is dedicated
to the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI),
which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
Photo: Ivan Zhelezarov
during his successful world record attempt for the Longest
Open Saltwater Scuba Dive. Photo Orlin
The previous Guinness World Record for the
Open Saltwater Scuba Dive was set by Will
Goodman from the UK, who managed 48 hours, 9 minutes
and 17 seconds.
During the first 24 hours under water,
Zhelezarov was accompanied by a support diver at all times,
while later on, he was provided support by two divers and
Despite the difficulties, especially during the
two nights when the conditions were the hardest, the enthusiast
managed to hold on and returned to the surface after spending
50 hours and 2 minutes under water.
He is in good health and after taking a
necessary break he will be back in shape and ready for new
Photo: Playing chess on day two. Photo by: Ivaylo
Ivan had no physical contact with
the surface at anytime during his time underwater, while his
support crew replenished his air supply when necessary.
The support team for the dive included
Rumen Zhelezarov, NAUI CD
Anita Dotseva-Mancheva, NAUI Instructor
Hristo Hristov, NAUI Advanced Scuba
Alexander Karlin, NAUI Master Scuba
Ivaylo Iliev, NAUI Instructor
Orlin Tsanev, NAUI Divemaster
Krasen Stefanov, NAUI Advanced
Ranko Georgiev, NAUI Master Scuba
By taking turns, each diver spent
time under water with Ivan and supplied him with new air bottles
at intervals of 90 minutes. Ivans physical condition was
constantly monitored by a team of physicians.
Ivan was equipped with a drysuit
and nutrition was provided to him in liquid form. The dive
was made using an open circuit scuba. During
the attempt for a new world record, Ivan maintained constant
depth of 7-8 meters using a specially built underwater platform.
The entire world record attempt was recorded on camera.
Photo: Swimming around and
Black Sea scenery. Photo by: Orlin Tsanev (enlarge
Ivan Zhelezarov is an instructor
with Marina Diving Center, which was established in 2005.
The main goal of the center is to show everybody a new world,
which is available for everyone, and a nice safe sport, which
can be practiced throughout the whole year.
Currently, Marina Diving Center has four
professional instructors with long experience and with an
active status. The center uses reliable and inspected diving
equipment from world-popular brands, which is up to the highest
requirements for safety set in NAUIs policy.
From its very establishment, Marina Diving
Center has been working along with the Underwater Archaeology
Center in Sozopol. Over the past few years, the center has
been developing and supporting activities of the Bulgarian
Academy of Sciences. The center is based in Kiten, on the
peninsula of Urdoviza.
From May to October, the center organizes
dives along the entire South Black Sea area. From November
to April, it organizes diving lessons in a pool in Sofia and
Plovdiv; while, when the weather conditions are favorable,
the center organizes dives in Greece, in the region of Kavala
During the winter, Marina Diving Center
organizes diving vacations in popular diving destinations
in Turkey, Greece, Egypt, Thailand, Curacao, etc.
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Sunday, September 5, 2010