‘No Limits’ Free-Diving World Record Set

‘No Limits’ Free-Diving World Record Set

Francisco “Pipin” Ferreras set a new “no limits” free-diving world record of 170 meters (558 feet) on October 12, 2003, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The immersion time was an extremely short two minutes, 39 seconds. Progressive fine-tuning of the dive sled provided a descent rate of 2.1 meters per second with the aid of 61 kilograms (135 pounds) of lead ballast. The ascent rate peaked at over four meters per second. A camera on Pipin’s sled recorded the dive.

In 2002, Pipin’s wife and protege, Audrey Mestre, perished during her world record free-diving attempt in the Dominican Republic. On October 12, 2003, the anniversary of her death, Ferreras, in his homage dive, equaled Audrey’s personal best of 170 meters.

Unique to a world record dive, a two-person, manned-submersible with high-definition camera equipment onboard awaited Pipin’s arrival at the 170-meter depth. Of added interest, James Cameron, director of Titanic, recorded Pipin’s dive in mid-water, resulting in one of the most documented dives in the history of free-diving.

The dive was monitored using a dive computer designed for record dive attempts. The collected data provided the rate of descent, maximum depth attained, time at depth, rate of ascent and total dive time using precision standards.

The data was collected by Kim McCoy, physical oceanographer with Ocean Sensors Inc. (San Diego, California), the manufacturer of the device.

For more information, visit www.oceansensors.com.

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