Indonesia already has a stigma as the largest maritime country in the world. Both of maritime wealth on the surface and at the bottom. As a maritime country, it is not uncommon if, in addition to abundant marine resources, human resources in utilizing the sea do not need to be taken into account anymore. Indonesia recently made history by setting a Guinness World Record for the longest series of divers in the world. Indonesia, represented by the Indonesian Women’s Diving Organization (WASI) managed to set a record by collecting 578 divers with a diving time of 9 minutes 51 seconds, Thursday (1/8/2019).
The Indonesian Dive Women Organization (WASI), which is headed by Tri Tito Karnavian, also beats the record for the most diving ever held by the United States in 2018 with a total of 386 divers. The divers who follow this record-breaking are registered divers who have been specially chosen by the organizing committee team and are domiciled in the city of Manado.
This record was held at Pantai Kawasan Megamas, Manado, North Sulawesi. This record-breaking strengthens Indonesia’s position as a maritime country that is able to exceed the record set by other countries, especially those related to the sea. WASI specifically as a diving organization initiated this activity as a form of support to promote tourism and encourage the community to actively participate in preserving Indonesia’s marine sustainability.
WASI record-breaking activities Guinness World Records Official Attempt has been prepared for approximately one year. The preparation starts from the coordination of participants from various regions in Indonesia and from outside Indonesia, as well as the long process of site selection to carry out these activities until finally Manado is chosen as the most appropriate location.
WASI has conducted surveys throughout Indonesia because to carry out large-scale activities such as this there are certain conditions that must be met. They checked everything from hotel facilities, flights and of course the venue where the event was held because it was the most important thing for the safety of the participants.
“Of all the places we surveyed, Manado was fortunate because it was the best place to carry out this activity. We hope that the people of Manado will not only be spectators but will also become existing sea lovers,” said the wife of the National Police Chief, General Tito Karnavian.
Since its founding in 2018, WASI has carried out various activities to educate the public about maritime activities and to campaign for the preservation of life and marine tourism in Indonesia. One of them is breaking the MURI record in 2018 for the Bulk Diving of Women, which was followed by 930 female divers and the Longest Spreading of the Indonesian Ocean Flag along 500 meters.