January, 12, 2010 - 06:16AM

Will Goodman from the UK broke the World Record for staying underwater for a total of 48 hours and 9 minutes and 17 seconds.

Will Goodman aged 33, a TDI Advanced Tri-mix instructor and Buddy Rebreather Instructor with Blue Marlin Dive, Gili Trawangan, Indonesia went into the water at 08.11:33 hrs on the 7th January 2010 emerging at 08:20:16 hrs on the 9th January 2010

Will Goodman has previously made 2 unofficial world records. The first in 2005 when he spent 24 hours under water and a second in 2008 when he spent 33 hours underwater. This new record has been adjudicated and witnessed appropriately and will be registered with Guinness World Records™.

The support team for the dive included Simon Liddiard, owner of Blue Marlin Dive Centre and a team of PADI instructors from Gili Trawangan’s dive fraternity.
Witnessing the event included Tony Andrews from PADI.

Will’s dive was made using a combination of closed circuit rebreathers and open circuit scuba equipment. During the attempt Will was submerged to a depth exceeding 6m for the first 20 minutes of the record.  He had no physical contact with the surface at anytime during his time underwater. His support crew replenished his air supply when necessary.

To enable Will to maintain a constant depth a metal frame was constructed. This provided a base point for Will and a crucial observation point for the support crew.

His previous records and training with the use of specialist equipment gave Will the ability to break the latest challenging record set by Robert Silva in Belize in September 2009 who managed 48 hours and 3 minutes.

Sponsorship from O’Three provided Will with a custom-made 7mm wetsuit, a crucial comfort that he did not have in previous attempts.

For entertainment an underwater housing was used for his iPod and his support crew entertained and supported him throughout and nutrition was provided in liquid form.