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1. Most continuous bubble rings on a single breath of air PAGE 1 OF 6
On June 27, 1989, Doug “Shaka” Corbin produced 34 continuous and perfectly formed bubble rings on a single breath of air while lying in the wreck of the Cartanser Sr. at Buck Island, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The record was captured on video.
2. First Underwater Car PAGE 2 OF 6
Launched in 2008 by Frank M. Rinderknecht (Rinspeed.eu), the sQuba is a real car that flies at a depth of 10 m (33 ft) underwater. To do so, its combustion engine was removed and replaced by several electric motors. Note: The car driven by Roger Moore underwater in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) was a prop.
3. Deepest Dive of All Time PAGE 3 OF 6
Dr. Piccard and Lt. Don Walsh (U.S. Navy) were the first to reach the deepest point on Earth, the Challenger Deep (Mariana Trench), on January 23, 1960. They descended to the record depth of 10,916 m (35,814 ft) aboard the bathyscaphe Trieste during Project Nekton. Their deep record still stands today.
4. First Underwater Painter PAGE 4 OF 6
André Laban (France), a chemical engineer, cellist, cinematographer, and pioneer diver of Équipe Cousteau, started painting underwater in 1966. Laban was part of the crew which spent 3 weeks in an underwater habitat at a depth of 100 m (328 ft) during (Conshelf III, October 1965).
5. Breath-Hold Dive At The North Pole PAGE 5 OF 6
Konstantin Novikov (Russia) dove to 65 m (213 ft) under solid ice while freediving at the geographic North Pole on April 13, 2015. The record dive took place during the North Pole Freediving Challenge 2015. The dive lasted 2 minutes and 12 seconds.
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