In 2002, after 4 world records set under the regulations of A.I.D.A. and I.A.F.D., Patrick Musimu decided to step out of the free diving federations.
His quest for the unknown lead him to
the No Limit category. According to him, this category should not be considered nor used as a sport.
In 2003, Patrick had a dream.
idea was to test and demonstrate human potential far from any commercial and political games.
In 2004, when Patrick announced a dive at 200 meters - a depth where is body would be submitted to 21kg/cm2! - the authorities of the Red Sea Government believed in his tremendous project and gave the green light to the most ambitious
diving project: The Ultimate Dive.
His approach challenged many commonly held beliefs about "no limit" diving. Is the human body able to cope with such a fast progression?... Moreover, to counter the pressure, Patrick decided to develop and to master The Air Cavity Flooding technique. A method which consists in flooding his middle ears and sinuses with sea water during descent. Unlike any divers around the world Patrick Musimu does not use air any more!
Despite several requests from the board of free diving federation Patrick Musimu refused to have his dive ratified.
Patrick explained: "What sense is there in warranting these dives at the ends of the world in title? What is left to "judge" while, lost at these depths Man discovers something greater than himself?"
Controversy and barriers became daily routine but Patrick remained focused and trained to survive the unknown.
In June 2005, within 3 weeks and only 10 dives Patrick Musimu marked history by diving consecutively to 100, 136, 151, 170, 185 metres, and on the 26 th of June, he finally reached the mythical mark of 200 metres.
On the 30 th of June, his body exhausted forced him to stop after
a dive at 209,6 metres, shattering
the deepest human performance registered by almost 40 meters.
in the diving history, has such a
gab between performances been