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8 Hours Underwater with One Air Tank: Man Hopes to Break Guinness World Record

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It is common knowledge that scuba diving is usually all about exploring underwater life but Mick Wheatley of Brisbane Dive Academy – a PADI 5 star instructor Development Centre in South East Queensland, will attempt to bit the longest scuba submergence on one oxygen cylinder, at the Ekka on August 17, remaining below water over 8 hours 20 minutes and 38 seconds.

Mr. Wheatley says that when he first learned to scuba dive, he was getting 15 minutes from a tank of oxygen, but now he will use a tank of the same size that will last about eight and a half hours, which means that he should use about 7.2 liters of oxygen a minute. The hero thinks that there is no certain training that he can do for this event, and the only thing he should do is to minimize his movements breathing slowly and calmly.

Mr. Wheatley is doing this for charity and all funds raised by the astounding world record will be donated to Montrose Access to provide support services and care to Queensland children with physical disabilities.

Adam Harper who is the manager of Montrose Access Communications says that the kids have always looked up to Mick as a role model and that they will surely witness Mick’s trials every single day and be inspired by his challenges.

The record is currently held by South African Jacobus Jacobs who set the benchmark in 2007.


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