The almost squid-like Sea Doo RS1 will effectively drag around a grown man fully laden with SCUBA gear under the water. With a top velocity of 4.5 mph, the Sea Doo has 3 speed settings all controllable by buttons on the handles. To increase the speed, the diver pushes buttons located beneath the thumbs to set the rate. The RS1 has ballasts that can be added or removed to help maintain neutral buoyancy, and weighs in at about 20 lbs dry. Rechargeable lithium ion batteries provide power, which can be plugged into AC outlets through a charge port on the top of the water-bot. It takes about 7 hours to charge it and it will pull you around for about 90 minutes.
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For the oceanographer studying coral reef degradation, the treasure hunter looking for that lost galleon or even the intrepid reporter seeking an interview with Aquaman, Sea Doo offers an exciting way to get work. Of the growing number of activities we engage in by not actually engaging in them, the RS1 adds swimming to the list. In fact, with a sea-scooter like the RS1, there is more holding on than actual swimming, though to be fair, SCUBA diving and swimming are decidedly different disciplines.
I charged it per the owner's manual, and when I turned on the master switch it lit up for a couple seconds then went dead. I cannot get it to turn on again.
My kids used it to dive six times and the PC board burned. I think these scooters are not meant to last . . . it's great fun but it will not last
There was no hesitation when cruising in full scuba gear and when i kicked it up to 3rd gear I was really moving. It's light and maneuverable.
One thing to be careful of are the glide fins that stick out if the scooter is mishandled, they can break-they are easily replaceable so you may want an extra pair.
I was worried about battery life but after using in deep dives as well as shallow, I can get two dives from the batteries . . . they are fun in the pool too!
The RS Series features a self-filling ballast hull to automatically achieve neutral buoyancy almost instantly.
Top speed is very fast and a full charge easily lasts an entire dive. A pricey product but well worth the investment if you are after a product which will impress!
It also has 3 gears which can come in handy if you are scuba diving and what to slow down to enjoy what you are viewing at a slower pace.