On the 18/19 September 2014 Ahmed took 14 minutes to reach 332.35 metres on open circuit scuba. This extreme dive took 13 hours 50 minutes, 93 tanks, 15 in-water divers and a 10 person surface-support team to complete.
Ahmed Gabr’s record breaking Dahab dive really began back in 2008. At the time the South African technical diver Nuno Gomes held the world deep scuba record at a depth of 318.25 mt / 1044 ft).
“I took two years to evaluate whether I could do the dive,” Gabr stated. “I then undertook a four year hardcore training programme to improve my mental and physical fitness – yoga, cardiovascular, cycling, running, swimming – whilst following a Pescatarian diet (a plant-based diet with the inclusion of fish). I wanted to become a Vegan, but that is pretty challenging. I actually delayed the dive five times until the 18 September to ensure that everything was as perfect as it could be.”
Come and meet Ahmed and the other 29 EUROTEK.2016 speakers on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October. But don’t hang about to book your ticket. There has been a brisk trade in weekend passes (£80 each) and divers will be flying in from 15 different countries to gather at the ICC in the heart of Birmingham. If you want to guarantee your place, book now. You don’t want to miss out on the diving event of the year!