Tech team plans deep Jordan dive

Scarily deep plan hopes to put Jordan on the dive map

Author: Pat
2nd February 2012
 

A multinational team of technical divers plans to set a depth record in the waters off Aqaba, Jordan.

The group, which includes British divers, is known as ’166point6′ – a reference to the target depth of 166.6 metres.

The waters in the Gulf of Aqaba are abyssal, dropping down to challenging hundred-metre depths just metres from the shore in places.

The previous depth record for a dive in Jordan was a still sizeable 144 metres. By descending to the new depth, the team hopes to raise awareness of Jordan as a diving destination.

The Gulf of Aqaba is already popular with scuba fanatics, although most head to the Sinai Peninsular side in Egypt.

Right now there are only two technical diving outfits operating in the Aqaba area that can offer training.

Currently gearing up for the challenge, the team hope to set their new record in late July.

 
 
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