A 29-year-old Egyptian named Saddam Al-Kilany has just set claim to a new world record for the longest open saltwater scuba dive, after spending six days in the Red Sea.
Who is he? What he is ambitious of?
Saddam Al Kilany is 28 years old, a graduate of the Faculty of Tourism, Suez canal University, class of 2010.
He completed his military service by 2012 and traveled then to Sharm el-Sheikh where he became a diving instructor and then settled there.
He developed a burning ambition to realize more and located it in himself to require the challenge of staying the longest time under the water head-on.
How this man spent 6 days underwater to line a world record?
Beginning on 5 November 2020, Killany clocked 145 hours and a half-hour undersea, by beating the 2016 record of 142 hours and 42 minutes which recorded by Turkish diver Cem Karabay in Cyprus.
This wasn’t Saddam’s first dive, as he made two other long dives within the past, one among which reached 53 hours and therefore the other 76 hours.
The new record is yet to be formally confirmed by the “Guinness Book of World Records” team.
Why did he choose, how he achieved this?
Saddam Killany chose Dahab for its favorable diving conditions, and with the hope that his achievement will attract more travelers to his country.
He was to stay underwater for 150 hours but was withdrawn earlier thanks to health concerns.
Killany was amid assistant divers and medical teams on rotation, under the supervision of Adel Taher, director of the Hyperbaric center in South Sinai, and monitored via a camera.
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Which was the previous record did he broke?
In 2017, Killany broke the record for the longest dive within the Middle East, at 120 hours.
It’s been a long journey since 2012 when he was introduced to scuba diving.
He completed his instructor course two years later.
Who helped him with it?
Killany self-funded a customized dive suit. His friends performing at diving companies in Dahab helped him out with tanks and technical support, and a dive team, medical team, and surface support team kept an in-depth check.
Part of his years-long rigorous prep included learning the way how to eat and drink underwater, but his biggest challenges were how staving off the cold and adjusting to the weight and silence of the depths in the red sea.
A full-face mask helped him sleep, and he spent most of his time underwater praying, drawing, and exercising
What he exclaimed after achieving?
“No guts, no glory: It took years of coaching and scaling a tonne of challenges.”