One thing that has become clear in the past year is that the open water continues to appeal to millions of Americans. As indoor recreational activities have been curtailed, water sports and sailing products have seen record levels of sales, as people of all ages take to the water to enjoy the unrivaled freedom and breathtaking discoveries that accompanies undersea exploration.
One product gaining in popularity is the so-called Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV). Sea scooters, as they are more commonly known, are a type of scuba diving equipment that allows you to autonomously and smoothly navigate underwater environments. These lightweight, handheld devices can open up entirely new underwater vistas.
This should be everything you need to know about sea scooters before you buy one.
What Are Sea Scooters and what should I look for?
Good questions! A sea scooter is an automated underwater exploration device. It contains a propulsion motor that allows you to move beneath the water with minimal effort. Simply grip a sea scooter with your hands and allow the streamlined devices to pull you through the waves.
Much like any other scuba equipment, you should choose carefully. As this sea scooter buying guide explains, there are a number of key factors to keep in mind when shopping around. These include:
When choosing a sea scooter, the speed that it can transport you through the water is not hugely important. However, if you have a young child who might use the scooter, it might be worth choosing one that has a lower maximum speed, for safety purposes.
The size of the sea scooter is an important consideration. A smaller and lighter sea scooter will allow for easier underwater mobility and will be easier for you to transport. However, larger sea scooters tend to have more powerful motors and may offer the kind of further-reaching functionality you are looking for.
When snorkeling with a sea scooter, power is arguably the single most important consideration. The longer the battery life, the longer you will be able to use your sea scooter without having to leave the ocean to recharge (which can take 2 -4 hours). Sea scooters typically range from 40 to 90 minutes of battery life, so make sure to check the capacity before you buy.
Different models are able to reach different underwater depths. More expensive and sophisticated models can take you further down, with maximum depth ratings tending to hover around 100 to 130 feet. Hammacher Schlemmer makes a model, for $700, that will take you to 130 feet, CellBee’s scooter says it will go to 98 feet and set you back $460 or so. If you are a more experienced and serious underwater explorer, then prioritize scooters with a higher depth rating. The deeper you go, the more you experience and see, as we reported here...
Sea scooters are increasingly popular among photographers and artists who wish to document their underwater travel adventures. Many models allow you to simply mount a waterproof camera at the front, where it can record every inch of the underwater world that you are exploring. Look for scooters with a strong camera mount.
Choosing the right sea scooters will help you have a life that is well-traveled in 2021. And we’re pretty sure that underwater is a covid free environment.
Have fun! Don’t poke the sharks!