The Jerry Hall World Record Dive set the new world record for the Longest Fresh water scuba dive at 145 hours 31 minutes and 22 seconds! The now third time world record holder brought the record back to Tennessee! After Jerry surfaced the lake around 1:41pm, he was assisted out of the lake by members of his dive team. The helped Hall take off some of his equipment and walk to be greeted by his friends, family, and media.
The toll that the water takes on the body was very apparent on Hall’s hands and feet. The shrinkage and pale color to his palms and feet would make most cringe or turn away, but the important thing is that there was no pain. Hall wore gloves and socks that were filled with Sorboline cream to protect his hands and feet. This helped eliminate the pain from setting up. Hall had to be assisted out of the water after being weightless in the lake for nearly a week. Hall was able to complete interviews with the media and spend time with his family and friends.
The celebration took place the following night at Lake View Dock. A BBQ competition was held throughout the day, and a raffle/silent auction that evening also helped benefit the Speedway Children’s Charities Bristol Chapter.
We will be posting a statement from Jerry at some point later this week and will be showcasing a few pieces of equipment that were used during the dive.
We would like to give a special thanks to Diversco USA, Inc for their donations of equipment. The dive could not have happened without the generous donations from many companies.
The record was broken today around 12:25PM. The dive team has continued to monitor Hall, and would like to notify everyone that Hall is planning on surfacing around 2PM. If you would like to be there for the surfacing, the team would love to have you!
Also, don’t forget the celebration and BBQ dinner on Saturday night. We would like to remind everyone that if you have children 10 and younger, a life jacket needs to be worn. Loaners are available in the store if one is not available.
Additional media links will be posted as they are released.
While the days seem to fly by, they aren’t for Jerry Hall! He is now less than two hours away from breaking the World Record for the longest freshwater scuba dive! Hall has been under since around noon on Saturday.
Co-captain Jim Bean stated that “the team will join Jerry on the platform minutes before the record is broken.” His support team, who have been with him every second of the way, will spend the record breaking moment with Hall nearly 15 feet down. He also reported that Hall was able to get a few hours of sleep last night, and he is very excited about the record breaking moment today.
The team has stated that once the record is broken, they will be working with Hall to see how he feels and evaluate staying longer. Further details on when Hall is planning to emerge will be available once the record is broken.
Less than 1 full day left until Jerry Hall will break the World Record for the longest freshwater scuba dive. The dive is going well, and the team is continuing to work along with Jerry to be sure all his needs are met. The dive team let Hall know how much time was left, and they said he was showing signs of excitement. With the hours seeming like days, Hall is moving full steam ahead.
Dive team co-captain Jim Bean stated that Jerry Hall had “slept 2-3 hours through the night, and about 3 more this morning.” The rain moved through the region last night, and the team had to work to keep the equipment as dry as possible. A tarp had been placed over the tents, but small holes were allowing rain to leak through.
We would like to thank Avoca VFD for use of their cascade system and help in filling cylinders that are being used by Hall and his dive team. Hall is continuing to eat and watch TV to help pass the time. We will give you a further update when available. Below are a few photos from yesterday by Richie Leighton. Leighton has given all media sources access to the photos for use in publications.
Two-time World Record Scuba Diver Jerry Hall is well past the half-way mark to setting a new world record in the water sport. He’s been 15 feet below the surface of South Holston Lake since noon Saturday, July 27.
“We’re just burning time,” said dive team co-captain Tony Rutledge on Tuesday. He and other dive team members have spent the entire dive by Jerry’s side or watching him on a TV monitor that shows a constant live feed of the dive.
Jerry has spent most of his time fighting the boredom of being underwater by watching television. During the months leading up to the dive, members of the dive team worked on a special waterproof box to house a TV for Hall. He’s watched dozens of movies and recorded TV shows such as Grown Ups, Band of Brothers, National Treasure and Duck Dynasty.
Jerry has been eating well, staying hydrated and exercising. “We did a swim around on Monday,” Rutledge said. The majority of Tuesday has been spent still watching TV. Hall has had his eyes flushed, and his girlfriend joined him once again for a visit.
The dive team crew has prepared the tents and equipment area for rain that may be travelling through the area later tonight and tomorrow. Hall did complete several interviews today with Times News and Phil Williams out of Knoxville. Several photos were taken this evening for the sponsors, and we will be posting those as soon as we have them available.
World Record Diver Jerry Hall is holding strong and time is clicking toward the 3 day mark. The majority of Sunday was spent watching Band of Brothers on the TV. Dive co-captain Jim Bean stated that Hall ate cheese chunks and tomato soup on Sunday evening. He also stated that Jerry has had an increase in fluid intake with the CamelBak that he is drinking from underwater. This is great and will help Jerry push through until he has the record in the bag.
He had several interviews with the news channels during the morning, and the links are included below. Sunday evening, Tina, Hall’s girlfriend, returned down to the platform to visit with him for around an hour. Hall also played several games of checkers with his son, Seth, and several other friends. While each of the divers say they won the game, Hall has also said he won. The truth is that we may never know. Hall also watched several movies including Fantastic Four and Planet of the Apes to pass the time.
Fortunately, Hall was been able to get plenty of rest last night. Bean stated that he got “seven hours of sleep last night.” The divers once again stayed with Hall to monitor his breathing while he slept. Bean stated that he had to switch tanks after around 7 hours, and then was able to get another hour following the change over. The team stated that it was a little creepy being underwater while Hall was sleeping and the movie Prometheus, a horror movie, playing on the TV.
We will post more information later this evening.
Local News Media Coverage
Jerry Hall has just hit the 48 hour mark of the World Record Dive that is taking place in the South Holston Lake at Lake View Dock. We are glad to report that everything is continuing to go well. All of the dive operations are going as expected, and crews are keeping in contact with Hall on a constant basis.
Dive Team Co-captain Jim Bean stated that “Jerry slept quit a bit last night, actually better than the night before.” Before Hall goes to sleep, he dons a full-faced mask and placed a small weight on the back of his neck. Dive team members continuously monitor his breathing underwater and hold an “ok” hand signal under his mask to remind him that he is sleeping underwater.
WJHL came by this morning and conducted a live interview with Hall, and WCYB-5 is on their way to conduct another. To conduct the interviews, he dons the same mask he sleeps in and is able to answer any questions that they ask. We will bring you the audio/video footage as it becomes available.
The dive team also reported that Hall reports that he feels great, and has had no problems. He finished the Fast and the Furious movies on the underwater TV and has started the Band of Brothers war series this morning. Hall ate apples for breakfast and a menu of all the available food items will be sent down shortly. All of the air tanks have been refilled, and the dive team continues to meet his every need.
We gathered these photos from Richie Leighton, one of the dive team members. We will continue to provide photographs as they become available. Our Facebook page is continuing to grow, and we would like to thank everyone for their continued support.
Local scuba diver Jerry Hall has now been underwater for 1 day and 9 hours. He is still working to set a new World Record and is in great shape, according to his dive team.
“He said he’s doing great. He’s eaten, he’s stayed warm, and he slept about three hours last night,” said Jim Bean, co-captain of Hall’s dive team. This morning after breakfast, Hall brushed his teeth and washed his face before returning to watch TV.
This evening, the Fast and the Furious series has been on the underwater tube for Hall to enjoy. A TV monitor was added up top to allow the dive team to also watch TV and now allows them to manage the DVD menus.
Tina, Hall’s girlfriend, set next to the tablet and exchanged messages back and forth with Jerry this morning, but he had no idea what was in storm for him. He was not expecting to see her again until later in the week, but she was looking forward to surprising him. She spent most of the day being instructed through the dive manuals and completed some skill checks after becoming familiar with the equipment. Once completing all of the required skills, Tina dove down to pay a visit to Hall. It was a bittersweet moment as she was able to witness first hand the daunting task that he has taken on.
This evening, Hall also went for a swim with some of the other divers. They have a line set up underwater to help Hall get in scheduled swims to allow his body to exercise. Once the swim was complete, Hall returned to his platform and returned to his TV set.
Our website attracted nearly 3,100 visits yesterday, and our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/JerryHallWorldRecordDive just hit 1,000 FANS! We once again would like to thank all of our sponsors and friends/family who have left comments. We urge everyone to continue to share the information via social media. An Instagram account has been set up and can be followed at: @jerryhallWRD.
Don’t forget the AFTER PARTY at the Lake View Dock on Saturday, August 3rd. There will be live music, items for raffle, a BBQ competition, and a Meet and Greet with Jerry Hall himself. All the proceeds will benefit the Bristol Chapter of the Speedway Children’s Charities. You can find out how to donate by clicking the Donate tab above. Please remember to include: Jerry Hall World Record Dive in the memo portion of the form.
Two-time World Record holder Jerry Hall spent his first night underwater last night. Jim Bean, dive team captain stated that “last night was uneventful.” As most of us enjoyed a night at our home in our beds, Hall spent the night on the platform 15 feet below the surface at the Lake View Dock in South Holston Lake in Bristol, Tennessee. As the day turned into night, Hall was able to enjoy movies on the underwater television that is attached to a DVD player up top. As the sun came up on Sunday morning, Hall simply wrote “M*A*S*H” on the tablet to request a different DVD to be put on the screen.
Members of the Jerry Hall World Record Dive team are working diligently to document every crew member that joins Hall in the water. They are keeping track of time in the water, air pressures, and also documenting Halls food intake. In the late hours of Saturday, Jerry had snacked on several candy bars, Buddy Fruits, as well as a few grapes.
When the question was asked if Hall got much rest last night, Bean stated “he took three naps last night each being about an hour long.” Hall dons a full faced mask and places a small weight on the back of his neck to off-set the buoyancy of the mask. Divers monitored his bubbles as he took the naps to ensure everything is going well. Crew member’s traveled down and changed out Hall’s gloves and socks that are packed with Sorbolene Cream to keep his hands smooth.
Around 0930AM, Jerry was eating breakfast and asking to speak with his girlfriend. With the audio/video feed that is set up, she was able to don a headset and have a conversation with Hall. He simply swam over to the camera and waved. After a short conversation, Hall returned to watching TV…
We are nearly eight hours in to the Jerry Hall World Record Dive, and everything is running smooth. A morning storm passed through around 10 AM this morning, but the sky had cleared up by noon. The gear had been checked and the dive started on schedule. As Jerry entered the water at 12:10:28, he was cheered on by family, friends, and members of the media.
An underwater TV that is attached to a DVD player is providing entertainment for Hall after he returned to the platform this morning. A speaker provided by Lubell Labs is allowing Hall to listen to music and the TV audio throughout the dive. Dive Captain Tony Rutledge said that “he’s just watching TV.” After watching an old country western, Hall sends up a message on the Quest erasable dive slate that states “Duck Dynasty.” For the next several hours, Hall enjoyed watching episodes of Jase, Si, and Willie.
During the last World Record Dive, Hall lost nearly 25 lbs while being submerged for just over 5 days. This evening, Jerry has enjoyed three packs of Buddy Fruit, and even enjoyed a few candy bars that were sent down. Buddy Fruit is one of the many sponsors who have provided Hall will equipment and snacks for the dive.
The Jerry Hall World Record Dive Team is comprised of many divers from the area. They will all continue to take turns cycling down to help change out the compressed air cylinders and be sure that everything is operating as planned.
The media was swarming the Lake View Dock this morning as Jerry entered the water, waved goodbye, and slowly submerged into the lake water. He is able to put a face piece on that allows him to be interviewed during the dive. Hall has already participated in a live radio interview with ScubaRadio.com this evening. At this time, the audio segment was not available, but we will publish it once it is.
Stay tuned for further updates to come…