Of all the many places available for travel these days, one of particular interest is under the water. Whether in swimming pool, lake or ocean, humans take to the water in a big way; the fact that we're mostly water perhaps is a contributing factor. Certainly one of the outstanding appeals of submarine travel, especially when unencumbered by a vehicle, is the sensation of flight. Divers and even swimmers move with a freedom unattainable in the open air. With any form of flight, there is the inherent risk of falling down while in diving, owing to buoyancy, there is the risk of falling up. Whereas gravity is the primary obstacle with open-air flight, the lack of open air is the biggie for divers.
Obviously, the way divers consume the majority of their oxygen supplies is in all that kicking to get from place to place. The sea scooter exists in various configurations to rectify that particular dilemma. Operating across a broad spectrum of price and function, they can be used in anything from swimming pools to the deep blue sea. The hands-on favorite method is being pulled by the scooter but other styles offer advantages. The pricey Seabob Cayago F7 supports the diver/rider beneath their upper chest and torso and rides above or below the water. The Tusa SAV-7 is straddled by the diver and pushes them, hands-free, beneath the surface.
Sea Doo has a wide range of scooters more popular with the recreational user than with the professional diver. The RS2 is a sharp looking sea scooter from a company with some appealing products. Rated for 160 ft. maximum depth, with an advised depth of 130 ft., the RS2 operates in 3 speeds with a top speed of 4 mph. It is light and portable and will pull a laden diver around for about an hour and 15 minutes before the roles reverse. Unlike the considerably more expensive professional scooters, Sea Doo protects the prop with a cage which also protects the diver.
I am 240 lbs and it carries me effortlessly. Highly recommended! Probably one of the best scooters you can buy a this price range.
The quality of plastic appears very low grade and the knob to access the battery compartment broke off in my hand when hand tightening one unit.
We like the sleek design and the thumb buttons are very easy to hold down for long periods. The ability to see how much juice the battery has left is a great feature.
The plastic does initially seem to be a little brittle but this isn't made to drop out of helicopters or anything. A little bit of a care and I don't foresee any damage.
One of the cool things about the R2 is that it is neutrally buoyant. It uses water as ballast to make it that way.
One negative point is the stock charger, it takes several hours to fully charge even if the battery is not completely drained.