Nuno Gomes

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Nuno Gomes
Nuno Gomes is currently the official Guinness World record holder for the deepest scuba dive ever conducted by a sport diver. 

In 2005 near Dahab, Egypt, Gomes dived to an astonishing depth of 1,044 feet.  Whilst his descent took a mere 14 minutes, the total dive time was 12 hours and 20 minutes, almost all of which was staged decompression.  At that depth, a standard 80 cubic foot diving cylinder would last only three breaths.

He also holds the world record for the deepest ever cave dive, set in 1996 at Boesmansgat (Bushman's hole), South Africa at a depth of 927 feet.  Interestingly, his record setting cave dive, involved a greater level of decompression than even that depth would suggest because it was conducted at altitude, and Gomes used a decompression schedule which was equivalent to a dive of 1,112 feet, had it been conducted at sea level.

In 1993 Nuno Gomes would meet his hero, American diver Sheck Exley.  Ultimately, after Exley's tragic death, Gomes would go on to eclipse Exley's deep diving records.

In 1994 Nuno Gomes tried to recover the body of Deon Dreyer, who had died whilst trying to stage cylinders for another diving team at Boesmansgat.  Dreyer's body was not found, and would remain hidden until David Shaw would happen across it, ten years later.

In 2001 he led a series of dives searching for the coelacanth off the coast of Sodwana, South Africa.  Those dives were conducted in the range of 400 feet, but had a bottom time of approximately 18 minutes; an achievement of an entirely different sort from the "bounce" dives which characterise world records.