Archive for 05/31/2012

Deccan Chronicle – 

Daredevil free-diver Guillaume Néry has lungs of steel.

The 29-year-old has become the first in the world to deep dive 33 metres to the bottom of NEMO 33 — a container filled with 2.5 million litres of non-chlorinated spring water.

The NEMO 33 is a tank in Brussels, Belgium that’s being used to train scuba divers.

The pool is also capable of simulating varied conditions which scuba divers may face during work hours.

Surprisingly, according to reports, this pool is rather tame for Frenchman Néry.

In 2004, he plunged 96 metres in Saint-Leu in France and then in 2006, he beat that feat with a 109-metre dive in Nice, France.

For the NEMO 33 dive, experts feel, Nery must have held his breath for a good five minutes plus.

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Zoe Forsey –

A ten-year-old girl from Watford is one of the youngest people in the world to become a qualified scuba diver.

Ella-Maria Lopez, who is a Year 5 pupil at Knutsford School, first discovered her passion for the hobby when she tried a pool dive while on a family holiday in Ibiza.

She then went on another trial dive in an enclosed lagoon and immediately realised her passion.

Ella-Maria, of Radlett Road, said: “It is fun to do and it is a really great experience to see lots of fish and coral.

Sometimes you just find yourself stopping and looking at the fish – it is breathtaking.

“I never get scared when I am diving. My friends think it is really cool that I am doing it.

They keep asking me what I see.”

In order to get her PADI diving qualification Ella-Maria had to complete a series of dives including shore and boat dives while on a family holiday in Egypt.

Divers must be over the age of ten to complete the training course, and Ella-Maria started hers on the day of her tenth birthday.

She had to prove to the instructors that she could complete a number of different skills including clearing her mask and removing and replacing all her kit while underwater.

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