On September 16, 2011 Allen The Grouper Sherrod set the world record for the longest SCUBA dive in open fresh water. After spending 120 hours, 14 minutes, and 32 seconds continuously submerged 12 feet underwater at the bottom of Lake David near Groveland, Florida Allen ascended and broke the surface at 9:00 am to cheers from a crowd of supporters.
The Guinness world record for the Longest scuba dive in open fresh water was previously held by Jerry Hall, who remained submerged at a depth of 12 ft on a submerged platform in Watauga Lake, Tennessee for 120 hr 1 min 9 sec.
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December 3, 2011 at 10:25 am Allen The Grouper Sherrod emerged from the Atlantic Ocean off Lauderdale-by-the-Sea where he had spent 48 hours, 13 minutes continuously submerged at depth of approximately 15 feet.
The Grouper had beaten the previous record by just under 5 minutes and now held the World Record for the longest SCUBA dive in saltwater.
The record for the longest saltwater dive was previously held by William Gordon, a United Kingdom diver who set it in January 2010 in Lombok, Indonesia. Gordon’s record was 48 hours, 8 minutes and 7 seconds.
The Grouper held the World Record until 2013 until October 5, 2013. On that date the record for the longest saltwater dive was claimed by Sean McGahern of the United Kingdom who completed a dive of 49 hours and 56 minutes off Malta.
In September of 2014 Allen The Grouper Sherrod hopes to reclaim his record in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea by spending 55 hours underwater.