John Bennett (diver)

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John Bennett (1959–2004) was a British SCUBA diver who is best known for setting a world record by becoming the first person to deep dive below a depth of 1,000 feet on self-contained breathing apparatus on 6 November 2001.[1][2]

Bennett founded Atlantis Tech at the Atlantis Dive Resort in the Philippines.[3]

In the early 2000s, Bennett and Ron Loos made the first dives to the MV Princess of the Orient wreck site in Manila Bay.[4][5]


John Bennett was missing presumed dead on 15 March 2004 in a commercial diving incident in Korea.[6] He was declared legally dead in 2006, but the body has never been recovered.[7] Bennett was survived by his wife Gabby and their two children, Joshua and Katie.[8]

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  1. ^ "A journey to 308 metres". Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  2. ^ Gomes, Nuno. "A brief history of deep technical diving in the last 20 years". Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  3. ^ staff. "History Of Atlantis Tech". Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  4. ^ Stieglitz, Guy (September 2003). "25 minutes at 122m.". Sport Diver Magazine (UK). 
  5. ^ Taylor, Mike; Reed, Matt. "Projects: Princess of the Orient". Triton Oceanic Corporation. Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  6. ^ James, Malcolm. "Technical Diving pioneer John Bennett missing". Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  7. ^ "Renowned technical diver John Bennett declared legally dead". 2006. Retrieved 2011-02-25. [dead link]
  8. ^ daz. "John Bennett - YD group donation". Retrieved 2011-02-25. 

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