Posted February 18, 2018 05:03:10 A new record was set in Hawaii as a total of six people managed to dive for the first time in more than 60 years.
The divers were part of a dive team from Kona that was participating in a competition sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the Hawaii Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the National Parks Conservation Association.
The team made their dive Saturday afternoon in the waters off of the Big Island, about 25 miles east of Honolulu.
The dive was part of the Hawaii Shark Conservation Challenge.
“We are very proud of the achievement, but this is not our first time,” said Kona diving captain John Latham, who was the oldest diver to attempt the dive.
The dive team set a record of five dives under 50 feet in order to qualify for the contest.
The competition requires divers to dive in the water in pairs under 10 feet, with a minimum depth of 10 feet.
The competition also requires a minimum of 30 minutes of diving time.
Kona Dive Team member Brian Sutter said his team was the first group to attempt this dive.
“It’s one of the toughest things I’ve done in my life,” Sutter told ABC News.
“I can’t even imagine doing it in a day.
I can’t imagine it.”
Latham and his team spent nearly three hours in the shallow water, diving for 30 minutes and a half.
He and his partners were wearing masks, which are required for this dive, but were able to breathe freely in the frigid conditions.
“I can see the sharks,” Sitter said.
“It’s like a movie, really.”
The team was able to complete their dive safely, but Sutter and his teammates did not take photos or video during the dive, which was filmed by other divers.
The Guinness World Record for the longest dive is 10.4 miles.