Jerry Hall jumped into South Holston Lake on Saturday and the splash he made is ongoing through news outlets and social media.
He is attempting to set the world record for the longest underwater scuba dive. Breaking the record will mean five days in the water. If he is successful, the record will be broken Thursday and he will emerge from the water on Friday at noon.
Hall held the record for a time after a multi-day dive in Watauga Lake in 2004, but a Florida diver beat that time.
South Holston Lake World Record Dive Attempt at Lake View Dock
The dive is taking place at Lakeview Dock (marina) on South Holston Lake. Hall has a team monitoring his health and well-being and has had many visitors in the water. He is watching TV (has watched Band of Brothers and Fast and Furious movies) and has a daily cable-swimming exercise regimen to keep him moving. He is reported to have slept well last night and is participating in live TV interviews with local stations today.
It is ironic that we would applaud Jerry’s event as our last post highlighed five reasons you should NEVER swim at a marina! 🙂 I guess we can add a caveat to that post that it is OK to swim at a marina if you are holding a world record scuba diving attempt and are monitored for safety by a team of professionals.
An AfterParty celebration has been scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday August 3 at Lake View Dock. A barbecue cookoff and charity raffle for Speedway Children’s Charities will be part of the event.
Bookmark this page and check back later in the week. We’ll update this page on the world record attempt.
Best of luck, Jerry!