Nils-Roar Selnes from Tromsø in Northern Norway will not do this the easy way – he prepares for a cold water dive and is aiming for the Guinnes World of Records.

His attempt has been approved with Guinnes. The current world record was set in Cyprus and lasted for 13,5 hours. Selnes wants to do this the cold way.
Water temperature will be around 7-8 degrees and he is determined to stay under water for about 15 hours.

Support

His support team will be around 20 persons. A dive team will take turns and be with him under water all the time and there will be a rescue diver on land along with a dive leader. He needs to have his bottles changed and the whole dive must be documented on film.
He has calculated with 40% nitrox he will be one minute in deco when the dive ends. Minimum depth is 5 meters and maximum will be 10 meters.

Nils-Roar will be supported, but the gear and suit will be more up to date at the record attempt. Photo:

Nils-Roar will be supported, but the gear and suit will be more up to date at the record attempt. Photo: Rolf David Wessel

Physical needs

WeDive.no asks him the question everyone wonders about – how will you cover your physical needs when you are under wather for that period of time ?
Nils-Roar smiles and confirms that a p-valve will be mandatory. He will not have any meals the day before the record attempt. When under water he will need to take water and nurishment in liquid form.

Most challenging

Nils-Roar Selnes is an experienced diver and works as a professional diver. When WeDive.no makes the interview he is just about to do a 4 hours dive. He recons that the most challeging part of the world record attempt will be the cold water. His toes, arm links and neck will be more exposed to cold due to the latex cuffs. He will refuse to use aids as thermal vest, etc.

The preparations are in full swing and he will use the next couple of months to get ready. He is planning on setting the world record in the end of September or beginning of October.
WeDive.no will keep you updated.

WeDive.no will keep you updated when he takes the leap and enters the water for a word record dive. Photo: Karstein Jenssen

WeDive.no will keep you updated when he takes the leap and enters the water for a world record dive. Photo: Karstein Jenssen

Front page photo: Stine Benjaminsen