On May 23rd 2016 Amjad Sulaibi broke the record for the deepest Jordanian diver in Aqaba, Jordan, the record was previously held by another Jordanian, Mr. Tha’er Juqman, who’s deepest recorded dive was 115 meters; the new record set by Amjad Sulaibi is now at 122 meters deep.
The attempt comes as an effort to promote and market advanced diving in Aqaba, it will also shed the light on the attractiveness of the diving product of the northern tip of the Aqaba Gulf on The Red Sea.
The attractiveness of Aqaba as a favorite destination to Tec divers is nothing new, as a few other records have been achieved in Aqaba that go deeper than this new Jordanian record.
In 2009 a girl named Dorit Yoseph broke the Open circuit record and went down to a staggering 144 meters in Aqaba, setting the record in Aqaba, although she was not Jordanian, she still did an impressive attempt and set the path to the next attempt;
In 2011 the record was set for the deepest dive in Aqaba using Pelagian rebreathers by a British local diving instructor Mr. Rod Abbotson who reached an impressive 167meter depth with the help of world class deep diver Mr. Mark Ellyatt.
So the current record standing is set by three people, the deepest dive in Aqaba is set by Rod Abbotson to 167 meters using closed circuit rebreather, the deepest open circuit dive is set by Dorit Joseph to 144 meters, and the deepest Jordanian diver record is set by Amjad Sulaibi to 122 meters.
Using high level of training and knowledge, divers venturing to these depths need special equipment and tools to help them achieve such depths, under these high pressures of water, our body will undergo strenuous and tough conditions that effect the entire human physiology, as gasses at these high pressures interact with our body functions, special technology has been applied to help our human body cope with these extreme conditions.
As normal recreational divers breathe compressed air while diving, tec divers use a mixture of gases to make these dives less dangerous; air is made up of a mixture of gases that are mainly dominated by a 78% of nitrogen and 21% of oxygen, nitrogen is a dormant gas that is not used in our metabolism will be stored in our body, under high pressures this nitrogen will be stored faster than it can be released, this higher the water pressure the higher the risk.
On super deep dives (deeper than 56 meters), divers reduce the amount of nitrogen in the air they breathe and replace it with the much lighter Helium which reduces the effect of nitrogen and oxygen at depth and makes breathing easier.
To calculate different dive mixes, deep divers use advanced computers that calculate these gas mixes and allow for a safe return after each deep dive. Deep divers also carry more tanks than normal divers do, as the gas consumption increases at depth, therefore the need to have enough gas is very important and is calculated when planning this kind of extreme diving.
As for the ongoing records, the plan is to put a Jordanian name on both records, which requires hard work and lots of training, Amjad Sulaibi is planning to break the open circuit record in November 2016, giving it to the local Jordanian dive community.
Ahmed is a PADI Tec Deep Instructor and Dive Aquaba, a PADI Five Star IDC and TecRec Centre. They teach PADI TecRec courses up to Trimix Instructor level. For more info visit the Dive Aquaba website