Records 2017-12-05T21:13:56+00:00

The records chapter showcases over 650 outstanding underwater feats and firsts by humans, machines and animals. If you are looking for the world’s deepest scuba diver, freediver, fish or submersible, they’re all here.

The people, animals and machines pictured in the preceding banner are all record holders. If you can’t name them all, click here to read their profiles.


RECORD VERIFICATION:
Although every attempt was made to verify the authenticity of the following records and world firsts, many of which predate the Internet and modern record-keeping, some information may be incorrect. We thus welcome the scrutiny of fellow divers. If you can demonstrate that any of the information posted on this website is false or outdated, please use the form on the record submission page.
NEW OR UNLISTED RECORD(S): If you have claim to a diving or underwater record or first, or if you know of a record not listed here, fill in the form on the record submission page to get your record published in the next update of the Diving Almanac and Book of Records.

Deepest altitude dive (Men)
Deepest altitude dive (Women)
Deepest cave dive (Men)
Deepest cave dive (Women)
Deepest cave dive (USA)
Deepest cave dive on air
Deepest dive in shark observation cage
Deepest dive in spring connected tunnel (USA)
Deepest dive in the Great Lakes (Open-circuit)
Deepest dive on air (Men)
Deepest dive on air (Women)
Deepest dive on scuba (Freshwater | Europe)
Deepest dive on scuba (Freshwater | Men)
Deepest dive on scuba (Freshwater | Women)
Deepest dive on scuba (Mixed team | OC & CCR)
Deepest dive on scuba (Ocean | Men)
Deepest dive on scuba (Ocean | Men | Disability)
Deepest dive on scuba (Ocean | Women)
Deepest dive under ice (Freshwater)
Deepest dive under ice (Ocean | CCR)
Deepest dive under ice (Ocean | Open-circuit)
Deepest rebreather dive (CCR | Freshwater | Men)
Deepest rebreather dive (CCR | Freshwater | Women)
Deepest rebreather dive (CCR | Ocean | Men)
Deepest rebreather dive (CCR | Ocean | Women)
Deepest rebreather dive (CCR | Ocean | Women | UK)
Deepest rebreather dive (CCR | Wreck | Women)
Deepest rebreather dive by blind diver (CCR | Freshwater)
Deepest rebreather dive by blind diver (CCR | Ocean)
Deepest wreck dive (Freshwater)
Deepest wreck dive (Men)
Deepest wreck dive (Women)
Fastest drift dive
First diver to reach 1000 feet | 310 m
High-altitude dive (Highest)
High-altitude dive (No decompression | Deepest)
High-altitude dive (Staged decompression | Deepest)
Largest underwater press conference
Longest cave penetration dive (Solo)
Longest cave penetration dive (Solo | DPV)
Longest cave penetration dive (DPV)
Longest cave traverse (DPV)
Longest continuous immersion (Controlled environment | Hooka)
Longest continuous immersion (Openwater | Hooka)
Longest continuous immersion on scuba (Controlled | Solo)
Longest continuous immersion on scuba (Controlled | Group)
Longest continuous immersion on scuba (Freshwater)
Longest continuous immersion on scuba (Ocean | Closed-circuit)
Longest continuous immersion on scuba (Ocean | Coldwater)
Longest continuous immersion on scuba (Ocean | Men | Open-circuit)
Longest continuous immersion on scuba (Ocean | Women | Open-circuit)
Longest deep cave penetration (Women)
Longest dive into an iceberg
Longest underwater distance without surfacing
Longest underwater distance without surfacing (Europe)
Oldest diver (Men)
Oldest diver (Women)
Oldest decompression diver
Oldest scuba diving club
Oldest scuba diving club (USA)
Oldest scuba diving show (USA)
Youngest cave diver (Female)
Youngest cave diver (Male)
Youngest diver to dive south of the Antarctic Circle
Youngest diving author
Youngest scuba instructor

First Aqua-Lung dive
First archaeological excavation on scuba
First cageless dive with the white shark
First cageless dive with the white shark (Intentional)
First commercial shark-feeding dive
First dive across the English Channel
First dive across the English Channel (Relay)
First dive across the English Channel (Untethered)
First dive at the North Pole
First dive in Antarctica
First dive on the HMHS Britannic
First dive under sea ice (Arctic | Women)
First dive with a coelacanth
First diver propulsion vehicle (DPV)
First diver to reach the bottom of Dean’s Blue Hole
First diver to tag a Greenland shark underwater
First diver to tag a torpedo ray underwater
First diver to tag a whale shark underwater (Women)
First diving program (USA)
First female scuba diver
First female scuba diving instructor
First female scuba diving instructor (Pakistan)
First mixed gas dives under polar ice
First online college course taught from underwater
First quadriplegic open water dive
First quadruple amputee dive to 100 ft / 33 m
First saturation dive under polar ice
First scientific dives at the North Pole
First scuba diving club
First scuba diving family
First shark observation cage
First shark observation cage (Under ice)
First shark observation cage (Variable depth)
First shark observation cage (White shark)
First shark observation cage dives (Canada)
First shark observation cage dives (UK)
First shark observation suit
First to dive 50 U.S. states (Men)
First to dive 50 U.S. states (Women)
First training agency

Biggest litter (Shark | Viviparous)
Biological immortality
Coldest fish
Deadliest jellyfish
Deadliest octopus
Deadliest shark
Deepest aquatic animals (Underground)
Deepest bird (Flying)
Deepest bird (Non-flying)
Deepest comb jellyfish
Deepest crinoid
Deepest fish (Collected)
Deepest fish (Observed)
Deepest frog
Deepest mammal
Deepest octopus
Deepest plant
Deepest polar bear (white bear)
Deepest sea cucumber
Deepest sea star
Deepest sea urchin
Deepest shark
Deepest sponge
Deepest turtle
Deepest white shark
Densest fur in the animal kingdom
Fastest bird (Swimming)
Fastest fish (Burst speed)
Fastest growing seaweed
Fastest mammal
Fastest pinniped
Fastest sea star
Fastest snail
First biofluorescent reptile
First cesarian section (C-section) on a cownose ray
First live underwater sound transmission from Antarctica
First public shark necropsy (Stage & Online)
First shark teeth marks preserved in a coprolite
First warm-blooded fish
Heaviest clam
Heaviest crustacean
Heaviest invertebrate (and mollusk)
Highest density of crabs
Highest leaping batoid
Highest leaping shark
Highest plunge dive by bird
Largest amphibian (and salamander)
Largest amphibian and salamander (Canada)
Largest animal
Largest animal migration
Largest animal structure (Marine)
Largest aquarium (Total volume)
Largest aquarium window panel
Largest artificial reef
Largest audience for a shark necropsy
Largest batoid (Length)
Largest batoid (Width)
Largest biomass displacement
Largest biomass (Single species)
Largest brain coral
Largest clam
Largest crinoid
Largest crocodile
Largest crocodilian (Extinct)
Largest crustacean
Largest eye
Largest fish (Bony)
Largest fish (Carnivorous)
Largest fish (Deep sea)
Largest fish (Freshwater)
Largest fish (Marine)
Largest fish egg
Largest frog (Aquatic)
Largest gastropod
Largest isopod
Largest jellyfish
Largest member of the sea bass family
Largest mouth in the animal kingdom
Largest octopus
Largest pearl
Largest pinniped
Largest sea star
Largest sea lion
Largest sea turtle
Largest sea urchin
Largest shark (White shark)
Largest shark tooth
Largest skeleton suspended without external support
Largest sponge
Largest squid
Largest squid observed on a dive
Largest tooth to body size (Shark)
Largest whale stranding
Least fertile fish
Longest beaver dam
Longest brooding period
Longest bony fish
Longest dive by a bird
Longest dive by a mammal
Longest flight by a fish (Distance)
Longest flight by a fish (Time)
Longest gestation period
Longest invertebrate
Longest leap by a salmon
Longest migration (Mammal)
Longest migration (Sea bird)
Longest migration (Sea turtle)
Longest migration (Shark)
Longest period of captivity (White shark)
Longest polar bear (white bear) dive
Longest polar bear (white bear) swim
Longest sea cucumber
Longest seaweed
Longest time without food
Longest walrus teeth
Loudest animal in the ocean
Most abundant shark
Most bioluminescent water
Most dangerous seal
Most fertile marine fish
Most giant squid washed ashore
Most hearts
Most jellyfish (Lake)
Most poisonous fish
Most poisonous reptile (Aquatic)
Most poisonous sea urchin
Most poisonous snail
Most powerful bite
Most sensitive tooth
Most teeth (Fish)
Most teeth (Mammal)
Most valuable fish
Oldest crustacean (Form)
Oldest fossil (Egg-carrying)
Oldest fossil
Oldest lobster
Oldest marine invertebrate
Oldest marine invertebrate (Non-colonial)
Oldest marine vertebrate
Oldest pinniped
Oldest sea turtle fossil
Oldest sponge
Rarest dolphin
Rarest seal
Rarest whale
Sharpest sense of smell
Shortest lifespan (Vertebrate)
Shortest weaning period for a mammal
Simplest vision
Slowest fish
Slowest growth rate (Animal kingdom)
Slowest heartbeat
Smallest crab
Smallest fish (Freshwater)
Smallest fish (Marine)
Smallest pinniped
Smallest sea cucumber
Smallest sea star
Smallest sea urchin
Smallest shark
Smallest vertebrate (Marine)
Strongest biological material
Thickest skin

Clearest water
Coldest salt water
Coldest seawater
Deadliest lake
Deepest blue hole (Sinkhole)
Deepest cave (Freshwater)
Deepest cave (Ocean)
Deepest coral reef
Deepest erupting volcano
Deepest fjord
Deepest hydrothermal vent
Deepest lake
Deepest point in Earth’s oceans
Deepest ray of light
Deepest recorded Secchi depths
Farthest point from land
Fastest localised current
Fastest shrinking sea
First oceanographic vessel
First pipeline to cross Arctic Circle
First sharks observed inside a live volcano
Greatest oceanic current
Greatest river flow
Highest lake
Highest lake (Commercially navigable)
Highest tides
Highest tsunami
Highest wave (Wind-generated)
Hottest water
Lake (Saltwater w/crocodiles)
Largest atoll
Largest barrier reefs
Longest glacier calving ever filmed
Largest iceberg (Northern Hemisphere)
Largest iceberg (Southern Hemisphere)
Largest island
Largest lake (Atomic)
Largest lake (Freshwater by surface area)
Largest lake (Freshwater by volume)
Largest lake (Saltwater)
Largest lake (Underground)
Largest marine reserve
Largest ocean
Largest polynya
Largest river basin
Largest tidal bore
Largest tsunami (Most destructive)
Longest estuary
Longest fjord
Longest lake (Freshwater)
Longest river
Longest underwater cave system
Longest underwater stalactite
Lowest lake
Most famous oceanographic vessel
Most isolated atoll
Most isolated island (Non atoll)
Oldest lake
Saltiest body of water
Shallowest sea
Smallest ocean
Tallest iceberg
Thickest lake ice
Thickest land ice
Thickest sea ice

Biggest gold nugget found by diver
Bog snorkeling (Men)
Bog snorkeling (Women)
Cat on scuba (First)
Deepest book signing
Deepest card trick (Scuba)
Deepest card trick on one breath of air (Freediving)
Deepest Christmas tree
Deepest diving tank (and deepest pool)
Deepest nuclear explosion
Deepest recovered sandwich
Deepest underwater concert
Deepest watch (Consumer)
Deepest watch (Prototype)
Dog on scuba (Certified)
First diving gnome
First head of state to dive at the North Pole
First gay underwater submarine deterrent
First league of underwater superheroes
First living person bitten by a cookiecutter shark
First live WiFi broadcast of a sinking ship
First pop-down shop
First prayer on wreck of the Titanic
First underwater car
First underwater chess tournament (Openwater)
First underwater mausoleum
First underwater mosque
First underwater poker tournament (Openwater)
First underwater thesis defence (Openwater)
First underwater throat singer
First underwater video shot by an octopus
Largest collection of Sea Hunt memorabilia
Largest enclosed diving tanks
Largest mobile scuba pool
Largest underwater clean-up
Largest underwater explosion (Non-nuclear)
Longest dive with sharks (Men)
Longest dive with sharks (Women)
Longest underwater human chain (Ocean)
Longest survival in a sunken ship
Longest underwater performance
Marathon in full hardhat dress
Most continuous bubble rings in a row on a single breath of air
Most divers submerging simultaneously (Women)
Most divers watching TV underwater
Most fin patents
Most mermaids (Country)
Most money raised by a diving charity (Canada)
Most people breathing on a single 1st stage regulator
Most people scuba diving simultaneously
Most powerful underwater explosion (Man-made)
Most radioactive dive site
Most ships sunk by a volcano
Most “Shaka” diver signs
Most underwater Santas
Most vertical wreck
Most volunteer dives at an aquarium
Oldest drinkable champagne
Underwater aging (Cheese)
Underwater aging (Wine)
Underwater bench press (Most)
Underwater cycling (Most | OW)
Underwater cycling (Most | Pool)
Underwater cycling (Deepest)
Underwater cycling (Distance | OW)
Underwater cycling (Distance | Pool)
Underwater cycling (Speed)
Underwater dinner party
Underwater flag raising (Most divers)
Underwater golf
Underwater haircuts
Underwater hula hooping
Underwater ironing (Deepest)
Underwater ironing (Most divers | Openwater)
Underwater ironing (Most divers | Indoors)
Underwater juggling
Underwater marathon
Underwater pogo stick
Underwater post office (Deepest)
Underwater post office (First)
Underwater post office (Most northerly)
Underwater post office (Staffed)
Underwater rope jumping
Underwater Rubik’s Cube (Fastest)
Underwater Rubik’s Cube (Most)
Underwater violinist
Underwater wedding (Deepest)
Underwater wedding (Largest)
Underwater wedding (Most couples)

Photo credits and links to profiles pages
1. The Exosuit, an ultra lightweight hard suit rated to 1000 ft (300 m). Photo © Nuytco ResearchVIEW PROFILE
2. White shark spyhopping. Photo by Lwp Kommunikáció (Creative Commons) VIEW RECORD
3. Multiple record holder Jill Heinerth. Photo © IntoThePlanetVIEW PROFILE
4. Nuytco Research Dual DeepWorker rated to 600 m (2,000 ft). Photo © Nuytco ResearchVIEW PROFILE
5. William Trubridge after setting another freediving world record in the Bahamas. Photo © Vertical BlueVIEW PROFILE
Background: Record water clarity in the Silfra Fissure, Iceland. Photo © Jeffrey Gallant | Diving Almanac. VIEW RECORD

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