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  Khoo Swee Chiow breaks Guinness World Record


 

An attempt by Singapore Adventurer Khoo Swee Chiow to break the existing record of 212.5 Hours underwater  

Having conquered great heights and vast distances climbing, skiing, cycling and swimming, Singapore Adventurer Khoo Swee Chiow shall now be conquering new territory going underwater. For his latest adventure, Swee Chiow shall attempt to break the Guinness World Record of the Longest Scuba Submergence (controlled environment). The record to break, set in 1986, is 212 hours 30 minutes.

The challenges facing Swee Chiow in spending 9 days underwater are sleep deprivation, dehydration, skin maceration, chest muscular fatigue from breathing underwater, ear infection, eye irritation from dry air, nausea and vertigo. He shall require great mental and physical stamina to complete this latest challenge.

Interestingly, after 10 years of global expeditions, this will be Swee Chiow's first adventure to be carried out on Singapore soil, and his first adventure where he will not be travelling anywhere. He shall attempt this latest challenge in a specially built water tank measuring 20x10x8 feet, where the public shall be able to interact and encourage him through a viewing panel.

In line with the theme of giving, Swee Chiow, a North East resident, will be giving a very special gift to the residents of the North East and Singapore on Christmas Day - A World Record. This shall further establish Singapore on the World Map as a nation of record setters and breakers. In addition, this feat will be a platform to promote The Indian Ocean - South-East Asia (IOSEA) 'Year of the Turtle - 2006', a marine turtles and habitat conservation campaign staged by UNEP, United Environmental Programme and CMS, Conservation of Migratory Species.

The attempt will be held at Tampines Central as part of the Giving Month organized by Heartware Network, National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre and North East CDC. The attempt will commence on 16th December 2005 at 3pm. If everything goes according to schedule, the record will be broken on Christmas Day at 11.30am.

Swee Chiow invites the Media to witness a 5-day test dive scheduled from 3-8 December 2005 at the SAF Yacht Club, Changi Clubhouse. A press conference will be held on 8 December at 11.00am. The media is invited to join him then for a short dive to experience his unique aquatic home first hand during the press conference.

A special thanks to SAF Yacht Club, Changi Clubhouse, for supporting in the attempt with its hospitality and the use of its premises as a training ground. Also, to CORE-IRM, Fisherman Scuba and SCDF for their round-the-clock assistance during the training program.

Update: Khoo Swee Chiow broke the Guinness World Record for the longest scuba dive 220 hours!

 

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