Jim Bowden is an American technical diver, known as a cave diver and as a deep diver. In 1994 he set a world record, since broken, by diving to 925 feet (282 m).[1] He is one of only thirty-five people who have dived below a depth of 800 feet (240 m) on self-contained breathing apparatus. He has also made six sub-five hundred foot dives.[citation needed]

He was attempting a dual descent with Sheck Exley in the dive which resulted in Exley's death.[1] Bowden had aborted his dive and ascended prior to the events which led to Exley's demise.

Bowden's record-breaking dive served as the inspiration (with Bowden's permission) for the opening chapter of Tom Morrisey's 2002 novel, Yucatan Deep.[2]


  1. ^ a b Taylor, Michael Ray (1994-10-03). "Deep, Dark And Deadly". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2015-04-01.
  2. ^ Morrisey, Tom (2002). Yucatan Deep. ISBN 978-0-310-23959-8.