March, 29, 2008 - 06:08AM

Guinness World Records TM Attempt – April 14 2008
(Longest open salt water SCUBA dive)

 Endurance Diver Attempts To Smash Own Record Dive, Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia Will Goodman, on record as performing the longest ever open water SCUBA dive is currently in advanced preparation to make another record attempt and rewrite the history books by having the dive verified by Guinness World Records TM.

The Gili Trawangan based dive instructor aims to smash his previous endurance unnofficial record of 24 hours and three minutes underwater in the open ocean, which he set on 20 July 2005. In his latest dive Will Goodman plans to extend his previous endurance dive by as much as 74 hours – to stay at 6 metres under open ocean sea for up to 100 hours. His 2005 dive was the first open water endurance attempt of its kind. Until this time underwater records similar to this one had only been attempted in more controllable environments such as lakes and artificial tanks, where conditions are more stable and can be monitored with ease. A central aim of the record attempt is to attract sponsorship funds for the local school on Gili Trawangan.
All funds raised are going towards the education of children on the island. It is hoped that there will be sufficient money raised to employ a full time English language teacher as well as provide teaching materials and assorted necessities to ensure that the school is able to provide a better foundation for children from Gili Trawangan. The record attempt is scheduled for the morning of Monday April 14 2008 and the target is for Will to remain submerged for 100hrs. The dive will be made using a combination of rebreather and open circuit systems with no physical contact with the surface. Support teams for this dive, equipment and surface logistics will be organised once again by Blue Marlin and Trawangan Dive with full support from members of the Gili Eco Trust based on Gili Trawangan.
The event is expected to be covered by international media, dive institutions and via a documentary program sponsored by Red Pepper Productions slated for production..

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Phil Smith +62 (0) 81 338 114 232