Dixie Divers, a PADI® (Professional Association of Diving Instructors®) Five Star Dive Center, announced its GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title achievement for the Longest human chain underwater: On Saturday, June 16, 386 certified divers simultaneously linked up underwater at Deerfield Beach in Florida to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title.
Dixie Divers invited certified divers from around the world to partake in the historic event. Participants young and old, and ranging in experience level from novice to expert, came from as far away as Canada, Germany and Brazil to help break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title. Until now, the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title was held by Dive Industry of Victoria Association (Australia), with 353 divers in Victoria, Australia, in December 2017.
“What an incredible achievement for a member of the PADI community to be honored with a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title,” said Drew Richardson, President and CEO of PADI Worldwide. “We know how passionate Dixie Divers is about GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title attempts because of their ability to bring together the local and worldwide dive community. We couldn’t be more thrilled for all who came together in this outstanding accomplishment for our industry.”
In preparation for the event, each diver was required to wear a numbered clip to ensure Dixie Divers could easily determine the total headcount upon completion. Dive clubs, dive teams and members of other dive stores also wore branded team headbands and other gear to distinguish their organizations during the event.
In keeping with PADI’s commitment to ocean conservation and protection, prior to the event, participants rallied to support Dixie Diver’s annual pier cleanup. More than 300 volunteers consisting of divers, snorkelers and on-land support collected one-half ton of lead weights, 52 pounds of wood, 161 pounds of fishing line, 104 pounds of metal, and 102 pounds of miscellaneous debris for a total of 1,465 pounds of material removed from Deerfield Beach shores. Additionally, 219 miles of fishing line was removed from the pier’s pilings.
“We’ve been conducting the annual pier cleanup for 13 years and, with the addition of our GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title attempt for the Longest human chain underwater, the event has continued to grow each year,” said Arilton Pavan, owner of Dixie Divers. “Divers and non-divers are drawn to this event each year, and we are proud to not only host this incredible achievement, but to further support the health of our oceans by doing our part to keep our local beaches clean.”
Dixie Divers was formally awarded a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS certificate immediately after the achievement on June 16.
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