1141 GMT October 01, 2020
Bill Lambert of Rockford turned 100 years old on Saturday. On Monday, he suited up for a 27-minute dive in South Beloit's Pearl Lake, Illinois, the US, according to timesnownews.com.
"I don’t know whether to jump up and down or fall down," Lambert told My Stateline before attempting the record.
Lambert's daughter and son-in-law made the trip from Boston and his granddaughter came from New York to witness the dive. Some of his friends from Loves Park Scuba also accompanied him.
The diver has to stay underwater for at least 20 minutes to qualify. Lambert's dive was 27 minutes long.
"I feel tired but good. That’s not just plain compressed air (in the tank). You’ve got extra oxygen in there. With the extra oxygen you feel good, but tired ha-ah," he said.
Lambert went for scuba diving in Mexico when he was 98, however, the dive was not submitted for Guinness recognition.
The centenarian hopes to beat his own record by diving at the age of 101 next year.
Currently, the world's oldest scuba diver title is held by British diver Wallace Raymond Woolley, who took a dive in August 2019 at the age of 96 years and three days. He completed his dive at Zenobia shipwreck, Larnaca Bay, Cyprus. Woolley has achieved this record three years in a row.
Last month, an Ecuadorian husband and wife with the combined age of 214 years and 358 days were named the world's oldest couple by the Guinness World Book of Records.