A 94-year-old Guinness World-record breaking scuba diver has been inspiring more than just other divers.
Ray Woolley, who is currently the world’s oldest scuba diver, is the star of Life Begins at 90, a film which premiered at the 13th Cyprus International Film Festival and won the award for Best Cinematography in a documentary feature film.
The film, created by Cyprus based production company, In Focus Films, demonstrates Ray’s passion for diving and healthy approach to ageing.
Ray, who will celebrate his 95th birthday on 28 August, originally hails from Port Sunlight, Wirral in the UK but now lives in Limassol, Cyprus.
He told the Wirral Globe: “I’m happy and really enjoying this experience. I didn’t expect all of this attention at my age and its rather nice, as is this award.
“When I’m a bit stiff, I just get in my pool and everything loosens up again. If this film can inspire even one person to be active, that would be great.”
Ray garnered attention in August last year when he marked his 94th birthday by completing a dive at Zenobia shipwreck, Larnaca Bay, Cyprus, earning him the Guinness World Record title of oldest male scuba diver. He has been an active diver for more than 57 years.
Filming for the documentary took place at at different locations around Cyprus and the finished footage sees Ray with dive buddies and family as he relays the story of his life and time in World War II.
After serving in the Royal Navy and ‘SBS Special Force 281’ in the Dodecanese, he trained as a radio engineer and was posted to Cyprus in 1964 while working for the British foreign office.
Ray will dive the Zenobia wreck later this year while being filmed by In Focus Films in an effort to hold on to his Guinness World Record.
Life Begins at 90 will compete at other international film festivals over the summer.