The ocean diver’s dilemma is, unsurprisingly, running out of gas. The gas that they run out of is, of course, oxygen, which is why so many divers find themselves so very tank-full for their submarine accoutrements. To air is human, to run out not benign. Like anyplace interesting, a big part of the enjoying is the getting there. With a limited supply of oxygen, the getting there can use it up fast, especially with a lot of kicking involved. As the most compelling places are often the most difficult to access, divers for years have been helped along by DPVs – Diver Propulsion Vehicles. Even on the sea you can’t just park your boat anywhere without running the risk of anchoring the denizens below. So the DPV provides the juice to make up the distance from where you parked to the really cool stuff down in it.
As DPVs come, several float out of the growing crowd. The Seabob Cayago F7 propels the diver above and below the waves by riding it on their torso. Even less conventional, the Tusa SAV-7 actually pushes the diver seated upon it, allowing for hands-free diving. Among the more standard approaches of dragging the diver by one or two hands behind a spinning motor, Sea Doo has offered some fine water-bots to the pool. For kids, right out of Legoland, putts the Sea Doo Dolphin, suitable for swimming pools and lakes.
For the bigger challenges, consider the Sea Doo Explorer X. An appealing design feature of the sharp looking Sea Doo DPVs is the propeller cage. No sense making an inherently unsafe environment riskier, and these are function and form maximized. Depth rated for 160 feet, the Explorer X will run for 2 hours on a 90-minute charge. The External Adjustable Buoyancy System – 4 removable weights – help the Explorer X to achieve near neutral buoyancy so it won’t take off on its own should you release it. Variable 3-speed controls will move you along at up to 3.3 mph. It comes equipped with new pressure-valve technology which allows for smart depressurization after ascending to the surface and sweet, sweet air.
. . . I found it difficult to navigate. Trying to look at my compass on my wrist computer while driving was difficult. I'm going to try to mount a compass to one of the units.
I'm paralyzed and this allows me to get around the water a lot easier. Battery works good. Used about an 1.5 going full time.
Bulky for shore dive like normal DPV. Made of plastic . . . would be more afraid of dropping it . . . battery requires a few additional rules for care and longer to recharge.
I bought the 2016 model with a spare battery for just over a grand and am very satisfied. I usually dive between 90-120 ft and took this down to 145 with no problems at all.