Another stupid scuba world record? Not again…

Posted on August 17, 2009 by Scuba Herald

An Indonesian admiral did the honors Monday, announcing a world record for a mass scuba dive of more than 2,500 divers. - Yahoo! Great stuff! Who really cares?

The reason why I think this is just another lame record, is because you have to be in one of this scuba records “days” to understand how stupid they are. 2000+ divers in the same dive site, destroying the coral, destroying the marine life… with poor buoyancy just standing up there, trying to “make history”.

Rear Adm. Moekhals Sidik confirmed that 2,562 scuba divers took the plunge for an underwater flag-raising in North Sulawesi that marked Indonesia’s Independence Day. Ok, great… so what is the achievement? Because to be honest, I don’t get it.

“Indonesia should be proud of this achievement,” Sidik said. “It shows that we can do something good for the country.” (something good? I mean… is Indonesia a BETTER country today thanks to this record?)

The Jakarta Globe said a representative of the venerable Guinness World Records was on hand to witness the even, which was part of the Sail Bunaken maritime festival.

The participants included 2,486 Indonesians and 76 foreigners.

The previous record of 958 was set in the Maldives in 2006, East Coast Radio reported.


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Comments (12)

harijadi witaria

August 18th, 2009 at 3:38 am    

dear sir
maybe for you is a lame record
but us for the country and indonesia citizen is a great a achivement expecially manado people

show that we have a potential market
some sugestion
I think DAN should move the regional office from singapore
to jakarta or bali
ha ha ha

Scuba Herald

August 18th, 2009 at 4:00 am    

Well good for you. I wonder what 2500 divers in the same reef/coral do for the ecosystem ?

harijadi witaria

August 18th, 2009 at 5:55 am    

I thinks its less damage than bhp or rio tinto digging iron ore
mine in australia

Jeremy H Barnes

August 18th, 2009 at 9:58 am    

Just a footnote; I am one of the foreighners that participated, my wife who is Indonesian , and and our two kids 12, & 14 joined in as well - we did the dive and you know, that as much as I started out against it, I changed my opinion two or three months before - and in the end I am glad that I participated - Indonesians kept running up to us and thanking us for participating, it was genuine , it was real - so unless you were there to feel the spirit let Indonesia have their record- we had great fun and it turned out to be a safe and fun filled day- PS I live here as well

Bayu Maharam

August 18th, 2009 at 8:02 pm    

Can’t believe it people joined this stupid action….


August 18th, 2009 at 8:14 pm    

I was there! As a foreigner accompanying 18 Indonesian children, who were proud as hell to be able to participate. Although originally sharing the opinion of the writer of this comment, I changed my mind gradually seeing how extremely well the event was organized. Very little damage was done to the underwater environment (the event took place on an absolutely empty sand flat) and has been a great promotion for the dive industry in Indonesia in general. Lots of local people earn their daily income in the tourism industry, not in the least the dive tourism. For them this is a great incentive to increase this sector and thus create more jobs. You must have been there to really know what you are talking about.

Scuba Herald

August 18th, 2009 at 8:42 pm    

Of fair point. I still don’t know how 2500 divers in a sandy patch is going to make me go and dive in Indonesia….

Scuba Herald

August 18th, 2009 at 8:43 pm    

by the way I was in the world record a few years ago in Koh Tao…. that one was also… pretty stupid

Toto the clown

August 18th, 2009 at 10:24 pm    

Dear Sir

I’m from Indonesia and I actually think the record was pretty stupid


toto the clown

August 19th, 2009 at 12:51 am    

I forgot to mention. Kudos for the website. I love the fact ScubaHerald makes diver REALLY think about what is going on around the world. Well done guys!



August 19th, 2009 at 12:58 am    

May be they should spend more money in Police and anti-terrorist groups, instead of silly scuba stunts…

Marita Zuar

August 19th, 2009 at 10:52 am    

The record has zero validity, in fact his record was done by the Indonesian Navy…. so that means the divers had the ORDERS of doing so … again another stunt to improve indonesia image. May be they should put that soldiers to find Extremist Terrorists , instead of trying to “do underwater stunts”


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