Nuno Gomes (diver)

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Nuno Gomes is a South African SCUBA diver (of Portuguese descent) who holds the official current world record deep dive (independently verified and approved by Guinness World Records (see the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Guinness World Record books)). He used self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA) to dive to a depth of 1,044 feet (318.25 m). This depth excludes the rope stretch of 11.68 feet (3.56 m). The dive was done in the Red Sea (Dahab), off the coast of Egypt, in June 2005. Nuno's total dive time was 12 hours and 20 minutes, the descent took only 14 minutes. He is one of only two men verified by Guinness World Records to have dived on SCUBA equipment (using trimix) below 1,000 feet (the other diver being the late John Bennett), Pascal Bernabé claims to have dived to 1,083 feet (330 m), including a rope stretch of 32.81 feet (10 m), in July 2005. His dive was never approved by Guinness World Records, due to lack of verifiable evidence.

Gomes is also a renowned cave diver and holds the official current Guinness World Record for the deepest cave dive, done in Boesmansgat cave (South Africa), to a depth of 927 feet (282.6 m), in 1996. The cave is located at an altitude of 5000 feet (1550 m) above sea level, which resulted in Nuno having to decompress for an equivalent sea level dive of 1112 feet (339 m) to prevent decompression sickness ("the bends"). The total dive time was 12 hours and 15 minutes, while the descent took 15 minutes.

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