Oldest diver (Men)
Last updated: January 17, 2020 at 2:26 am
99 — William Lambert (USA) celebrated his 99th anniversary with a birthday dive in Pearl Lake, Illinois, on September 5, 2019. He remained at the depth of 9.7 m (32 ft) for 20 minutes under the watchful eye of Dan Johnson, owner of Loves Park Scuba, who documented the record dive. Mr. Lambert took his first diving lesson with Loves Park Scuba at age 98 before doing his openwater certification dives in Cozumel in February 2019. He thus also holds the record for the world’s oldest openwater diver certification.
PREVIOUS RECORD: 96 — Ray Woolley (United Kingdom) dived on the wreck of the Zenobia in Lanarca, Cyprus, on August 31, 2019. The dive lasted 48 minutes with a maximum depth of 42.4 m (139 ft). Ray Woolley joined Portland & Weymouth BSAC in 1960 before being posted to Cyprus by the Foreign Office in 1964 where he joined BSAC 107S and became a diving instructor.
Erwin Paul Staller (USA), 93, made a 36-minute dive with a maximum depth of 16 m (52 ft) at Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos, on October 24, 2014.
In his own words, Stan Waterman hung up his fins on April 5, 2013, at the venerable age of 90.
Loves Park Scuba
Cyprus Sunday Mail
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