If you’re looking to improve your time diving, you’ll want to invest in one of the best underwater sea scooters.
These products can help you navigate depths with ease and save you energy and oxygen. Plus, there’s plenty to choose from to fit all needs and budgets.
It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced diver or just looking to have a little fun, there’s a scooter here for you.
Let’s take a look at my top picks now!
Yamaha 500Li Pro Sea Scooter
The Yamaha 500Li is one of the best and most well known sea scooters on the market. Besides being an excellent product that works for a lot of people, it comes from a dependable company too. Yamaha isn’t some small brand that makes unreliable products.
They make motorcycles, ATV’s, snowmobiles and more. They know how to make products with motors and how to make them very safe.
- 90 minutes of runtime: With normal usage, this product gives you 90 minutes of power. That’ll give you enough time to really explore wherever you’re diving.
- 4.35 miles per hour: The Yamaga 500Li lets your cruise around at 4.35 miles per hour and this ensures you cover as much ground as possible.
- Battery level indicator: You’ll never be surprised by the battery dying and you’ll have the battery information to prepare to surface when necessary.
- Lithium battery: The battery that comes with this sea scooter is quality as well and is replaceable in case something happens.
- 3 level speed control: You get 3 different speeds to choose from. This gives you more control and allows you to explore at your own pace.
There’s even more to love about the 500Li and this video sums up the rest:
Some sea scooters will cost over $5,000 but that’s not the case here (this will cost closer to $1900). That’s not cheap but it’s not as expensive as some of the products you’ll see later on. Overall, I think this scooter is a great value and one all serious divers should consider.
Yamaha RDS Series
Here we have another Yamaha product and this one is geared more towards recreational divers and people looking to just have fun with an underwater scooter.
One of the major differences between the 500Li and the RDS series of Yamaha scooters, is the RDS (this one), is much cheaper. It costs a fraction of the 500Li and is s scooter all budget minded people will want to consider.
- Only weighs 18 pounds: This is an aspect you’ll definitely enjoy. The RDS isn’t some bulky and heavy product and can be used by all people, of all strengths.
- 90 minutes of run time: You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy your dive with 90 minutes of battery life too.
- Good up to 100 feet: While you can’t take this scooter to the bottom of the ocean, you can take it to a respectable 100 foot depth.
- Sealed lead acid battery: This type of battery is safer than lead acid batteries and can be recharged.
- 2.8 miles of speed: You get about 2 miles less of speed with the RDS when compared to the 500Li. This shouldn’t be that big of a deal for recreational divers, though.
There are various RDS scooters (RDS 300, RDS 280, RDS 250, RDS 200) and they all have different costs and minor differences. The best of the bunch, the RDS 300, costs $675 while the most basic one, the RDS 200, only costs around $400.
If you want to check the prices of all these scooters and to see what separates them, click below:
Sublue US Whiteshark
The Sublue US Whiteshark has a little bit of a different look when compared to the last two scooters and of the two, this one is more comparable to the RDS.
The reason I say that, is this product is more for recreational use and very serious divers, who want top of the line performance, will want more. Everyone under that threshold will really like what they’re getting here, though.
- Easy to use: The Whiteshark was made with the user in mind and it has a very non-complicated design. You won’t have to be an expert to work it.
- 30 minute run time: This product runs on a 11000 Am battery and gives you 30 minutes of power. That’s about 1/3rd compared to the last two products and is another reason why I say serious divers should avoid.
- About 7 pounds: It’s pretty remarkable that a product like this could weigh as little as 7 pounds but Sublue managed to pull it off.
- 100 foot depth: You can take this product pretty far underwater too and you can go as far as 100 feet.
There’s a lot to love about this sea scooter and it has a lot going for it. It’s not overly expensive either and will only cost around $699. That’s a very good price for what you’re getting and delivers in the fun department.
Nautilus XP Tank Mounted Drive Propulsion Vehicle
The Nautilus XP is pretty different from the products you’ve seen so far. The previous were sea scooters that you hold onto and the propellers thrusts you forward.
The Nautilus XP is different, though. Instead of being held onto and having it in front of you, you mount this product to your tank. You control whether or not you go forward with a control and this keeps you from getting the devices jetstream in your face.
- 40 minute runtime: This is another piece of equipment that doesn’t match Yamaha’s run time but 40 minutes will still work for a lot of people.
- Lithium batteries: If you want more run time you can always bring along additional lithium batteries and swap them when needed.
- Compact: You get a lot of power here in a small package. The XP only weighs 15 pounds and it’s only 17 inches in length.
- Saves energy and oxygen: You’ll notice how much more energy you’ll have to explore once you try out this product.
Here’s a video that shows this product in action:
As you can see this scooter is pretty cool.
The price is pretty high but nothing too crazy at $1299. If the idea of having the propulsion system on your back instead of in front of you is appealing, I would definitely think about purchasing the Nautilus XP.
Yamaha Seal Scooter
Of all the scooters you’ve seen so far, the Yamaha Seal Scooter is the one that’s most recreational. This product is not made for serious divers or anything like that. It’s for families looking to have a little fun with these types of scooters.
In terms of performance it’s made more for pools, lakes and shallow oceans (maybe something in a resort). It’s safe enough anyone in the family can use it from the youngest all the way to the oldest.
- 2 MPH top speed: This is another reason this is more of a sea scooter for families and for fun. It only goes 2 MPH which anyone will be able to handle.
- Depths of 15: Some of the scooters you saw before could go 100 feet and more. This one, though, is good up to 15 feet.
- 12 pounds: This isn’t very heavy and at this weight any person will be able to use it.
It also has plenty of safety features like auto shut off and protection against the motor and propeller. All in all this is a fun little toy that you can enjoy without any danger. Plus, it costs under $300 which is definitely a good price for what you’re getting.
Apollo AV-2 Evolution
How serious of a diver are you? If you’re not that serious and just want a toy to play around with, the last product is what you’re looking for. If you are serious, however, you’ll have a hard time finding a better dive propulsion system than the Apollo AV- 2.
One thing that really separates this one from others is you can take it pretty far under water. In fact, off all the products you’ve seen so far this one can reach the farthest depths by almost double! You can take this scooter 230 feet under water which is very impressive.
- 110 minutes of run time: The Apollo AV-2 gives you one of the best run times too and you can run this scooter for up to 110 minutes.
- Hands free riding: This sea scooter comes with a saddle and this allows you to explore the ocean and other bodies of waters without using your hands.
- 3 different speeds: You get your choice of speed as well and the speeds range from 2.2 MPH to 4.5 MPH.
- Very Durable: You won’t have to worry about this scooter breaking or anything like that either. This product has a shock resistant ABS Resin Body.
Here’s a video that shows the Apollo AV-2 in action:
As you can see you can really cruise around with this scooter!
In terms of price, this is a very, very expensive product and costs over $3000. Again if you plan on only exploring shallow waters every once in a while you won’t need this scooter. People who expect to dive pretty deep and dive often should consider this product.
Here we have another Yamaha product and this one is extremely versatile. While the 275L may not give you the performance of the top scooters on this list it certainly will deliver for most people – even pretty serious divers.
One reason I say this is the 275L has one of the longest run times of any scooter on the market and you can go for up to 2 hours. That’s a pretty long time and should satisfy most divers.
- Depths of up to 130 feet: This is pretty good and is another reason why divers that are pretty serious will love this scooter.
- Speeds up to 3.3 MPH: In terms of overall speed 3.3 MPH is basically in the middle with some having higher speeds and others having less.
- 3 different speeds: A few scooters have this feature and is one that I like. Obviously you’ll be exploring different sea terrains and will need different speeds to go through them.
- Flood prevention system: The 275L comes with one of the best flood prevention systems and this will prevent water from getting in.
The price is right where you’d expect a product like this to be and it’ll cost you around $899.
So if you’re looking for an under water scooter that you can explore the ocean with, without any problems, I would definitely think about this one.
Jetpilot Sea Doo GTI
Company: Sea Doo
Sea Doo is well known for their water sport vehicles like jet skis and they also make a pretty useful sea scooter too. The GTI may not be the first choice of someone who lives and breaths diving but it is good for recreational users.
The reason I say this, is this product is pretty inexpensive to buy and safe to use. It’s not something you can take a few hundred feet into the ocean but can work perfectly fine in lakes or shallow ocean depths.
- 100 feet depth: Like I just said that’s enough for recreational divers and people looking for fun.
- Speed up to 2.5 MPH: This is pretty slow when compared to other products on this list and is another reason why this scooter is so affordable.
- 2 hours of run time: Unlike the speed, this is more than the average scooter and should satisfy almost everyone.
- Camera mount: If you feel like adding a Gopro or another action camera to this product you’ll be able to do that.
This is actually one of the most reviewed sea scooters on the market and if you’d like to read what dozens of customers are saying about the Sea Doo GTI, click below:
Seabike Sea Scooter
The Seabike sea scooter is much different than the products you’ve seen so far. So much different it’s probably best to watch a video on it to see what I mean:
As you can see there’s no motor or battery or anything like that this. This product is more like a bike than a scooter but I figured there would be some people that would like something like this, so I added it to the list.
- Perfect for snorkeling: This product is not made to be taken hundreds of feet below water. In fact, it’s designed for you to stay on the surface which is helpful when snorkeling.
- Easy assembly: This sea bike is very simple in its design and can be put together by basically anyone.
- Transportable: You’ll have no problem taking this product with you in the car or even on a plane.
Since there’s no motor or battery, this product is pretty affordable and should fit into everyone’s budget. As long as you’re looking to stay near the surface, you’ll really enjoy this Seabike product.
Jerry Rat Sea Scooter
Company: Jerry Rat
The Rat Sea Scooter is another product that semi-serious divers and recreational divers will love (if you’re ultra serious you may want to look at one of the other scooters mentioned earlier).
One thing I like about this product is its run time. Some scooters only give you up to 30 minutes of juice while this one can go up to 2 hours, depending on use.
- Many safety features: This is one of the more well designed scooters in terms of safety. There’s essentially no risk to using this product.
- LED battery indicator: You’ll never have to guess how much battery life you have and you’ll always know when to surface.
- Depth rating of up to 60 feet: This isn’t the most on this list but it should work for a wide range of people.
As you can see this scooter is a lot like the other ones you’ve seen on this list so far. In terms of cost it is on the pricier side and costs around $1500.
How to Choose an Underwater Sea Scooter
When shopping for underwater adventures, you will most likely come across the famous sea scooter. This little device allows you to shoot through the water easily and quickly without having to use all of your own muscle power. Let’s explore this fun contraption and what you would be looking for when you buy one, either online or in-store.
Basic Questions about the Sea Scooter
What is an Underwater Sea Scooter?
An underwater sea scooter is a mini missile-shaped, battery-powered engine that uses an underwater fan in a cage to propel itself through the water. All sea scooters come with handles on the side which allow the users to hold on and be pulled through the water behind it.
The switch to turn the sea scooter on or off is on both handles and many scooters come with the dual-handle switch where it will not turn on unless the switch is being applied to both handles. There are three reasons for this.
One, it prevents the user from accidentally turning it on and dropping it from fright or surprise while on land. Two, it allows the user to comfortably hold it in the water, grasping as tightly as they want to, without endangering from jerking away. And, three, it allows the user to completely control it underwater and be very deliberate about when they want the engine on and when they want to simply drift through the water.
Is it safe for my children?
Yes, all sea scooters are safe for children and designed with both adults and children in mind when it comes to hardiness, the weight of the user, and activity level.
If your child does not know how to swim, they should not use it. It would be very easy to accidentally let go of it or not be able to hold onto it properly and begin to sink. Also, the sea scooter is not designed to stay afloat, so it will not keep your child from being out of their depth if they don’t know how to swim first. Always use safety and only people who know how to swim should use the sea scooter.
Can you use it while disabled?
Yes, all disabled people (both adults and children) can use the sea scooter as long as they already know how to swim. The only real physical limitations would be for adults whose arm or arms cannot straighten out all of the way (something is preventing the arm from extending). In this case, the scooter may not be able to be held under the body as some children “ride” it. An adult with an arm which does not fully extend would find this cumbersome and they may accidentally swim in circles.
How are you meant to ride it?
People use their sea scooter in one of two ways.
First, many children and a lot of adults simply extend their arms fully and allow the sea scooter to pull them behind it the whole way. In this manner, they are treating it as if they are being pulled behind a boat above water when tubing or rafting. However, the sea scooter will remain below water, at the depth which you choose, the entire time.
Secondly, some people can hold the sea scooter below them and they essentially “ride” it. This is really only possible for children and for lightweight adults. The idea is NOT to physically straddle or ride the scooter but, instead, to simply hold it parallel to your stomach and be above it while it propels you through the water. This method should be used with caution and ONLY used by people who are wearing swimsuits. Loose tags or cloth (like on a t-shirt) can get easily caught in the cage and cause the equipment to malfunction. Only wear a swimsuit with this method.
Do women with long hair have to wear a soft scrunchy to keep their hair safe?
Yes. Women with long hair (by this we mean hair that reaches six inches past your shoulder or longer) should always pull it back with a tightly wound soft scrunchie. Don’t use hard ponytail holders because these can cut your hair as they rub against it. The fabric of the scrunchie prevents this from happening even if it is tightly wound.
If your hair is so long that, even pulled back, it swirls around enough to get inside the cage of the sea scooter, you’ll need more scrunchies. Simply tie your hair together with more scrunchies, each about a foot apart. When there is six inches or less of hair to tie together, you are finished.
Will it be safe to dive in deep pressure depths?
First of all, you should never dive to the depth your scooter can go if you are not used to other depths beforehand. If you have never dived to the bottom of your swimming pool, don’t go below ten feet in the ocean.
Unfortunately, the ocean looks like one giant swimming pool when you’re underwater and it can be very difficult to judge distances underwater. So, in the beginning, notice the pressure against your ears. When the pressure is comfortable, you can swim around horizontally at this depth.
When the pressure becomes uncomfortable (even a little bit uncomfortable), swim back up to a higher level and swim around horizontally at that plane. Only when your ears are fully adjusted (it may take several days of this) to the pressure at that stage should you try again to go a little deeper. At any point of discomfort, swim to a higher plane.
Features of the Underwater Sea Scooter You Should Look For
How deep does it go?
Most underwater sea scooters go to a depth of 65 feet or 100 feet. This is a safe diving depth for recreational diving. However, remember what we said about pressure against your ears and adjusting them very gradually, over the course of several days, to that depth before you try going a little deeper.
If you are an expert recreational or professional diver, then you will enjoy pushing your sea scooter to its maximum depth. Keep in mind that the greater the depth, the more pressure or resistance is being put on the motor. Also, remember to remove the buoyancy control chamber before diving this deep.
How long is the run time on one battery charge?
Some sea scooters will go for one hour, some for 90 minutes, and some for two hours. After that, you will have to charge it again. If you have a group of friends or a large family and many people will want to use it regularly, then you may want to buy several sea scooters to make sure that everyone has a chance to try it for a long time during swim time before you have to get out of the water.
Do not buy a sea scooter that has a low user rating or one in which users complained about the battery life. You will get tired in the pool after about an hour, but it should at least last that long. Get sea scooters with a high user rating and that are built for two-hour use between battery charges.
How fast does it go?
Most sea scooters have a 2 mile-per-hour speed. This is enjoyable for both swimming in the pool and swimming in the ocean. It is also great for coral reef diving because you don’t zip along at a fast pace or anything. You can still move reliably through the water while observing the tropical fish and mounds of colorful coral.
However, if the standard 2 mph for most sea scooters still isn’t cutting it for you, try this little swim blade of a scooter that goes 3.35 mph. It may be too intense for swimming pools, but it would be great in the ocean and for getting down to the depth that you want quickly and efficiently.
Does it have an underwater camera mount?
Now, THIS is the sign of a real toy! You should always be able to shoot underwater videos in your swimming pool, on the coral reefs, swimming around at the bottom of the ocean, or while spying on your friends along the seashore. Just kidding, of course.
But, seriously, you will need an underwater camera mount on your sea scooter. It will be one of the coolest things you do this year and you will be able to upload the video to YouTube and Facebook and share them with all of your friends. What a cool thing to do.
Another great use for the underwater camera mount is to shoot nighttime videos in the ocean (and in your pool, too, of course!) using an underwater headlamp and a bodysuit to keep you warm. When you use it in your pool, have light shining from the edge of the pool so that you can capture the rays of the light through the water as you swim around and disturb the lightwaves by disturbing the water. So cool.
Is there a buoyancy control chamber? And is this removable in the item I want to purchase?
You will want to make sure there is a buoyancy control chamber, particularly if you are not very strong or not very large. Strong, muscular people can easily manipulate the sea scooter in the water with ease. Smaller or weaker people will need to have the added advantage of a buoyancy control mount.
Also, you may want to see if it is removable. If your whole family uses the sea scooter, it would be helpful to be able to take it off or put it on according to which family member is using it.
Are the colors in contrast to the surroundings I’ll be in?
Just a quick note about color: It’s easy to lose or forget about water toys (especially by kids, but even by adults, too!) if they blend in with the colors of your swimming pool or can’t be easily found along a beach.
Use red and white colors or yellow colors in the swimming pool with a medium blue background color. Use brown colors in a pool with a pale blue background. Use blue and green on the beach and in the ocean.
Is mine made for saltwater or freshwater use?
All sea scooters are made for both saltwater and freshwater use. However, some of them are specifically calibrated for saltwater or freshwater, depending upon where they were made or, perhaps, the target market they were designed for.
Cool Ways You Can Use Your Underwater Sea Scooter
Scuba Equipment and the Sea Scooter
You can go scuba diving with your sea scooter! This is the best way to practice both scuba swimming and coral reef viewing. It can be exhausting swimming with all of the extra weight of scuba gear strapped to you. To help reduce the weight of pull against the water and to assist you in seeing more before you have to come up because you are tired, use your sea scooter.
This helps you to maintain movement in the water while you are looking around. The energy that your body is NOT using to swim around will be saved for longer trips under the water and much longer viewing times. The excitement and exploration of scuba diving has just been skyrocketed by the added ease of your sea scooter.
Pool Tag with Your Kids
If you love rough housing with your kids, but don’t want to become an athlete to be able to do it, then use your sea scooter. Get enough scooters for every member of your family, make sure that all of your kids can swim (because those who are left out may try swimming, anyway), and play tag in the pool!
The rules can be having to touch someone with your hand (even though you’re holding onto the sea scooter) or it can be to gently tap them with the scooter itself. Whichver way you go, it will great.
Lake Diving (Harry Potter-style)
So, while Harry was busy being a fish in the Great Lake and swimming around in the quiet, still, lakey awesomeness, you and your family can experience the same thing! Take your sea scooter to the lake. Even strap on some scuba equipment if you feel like it! Don your bathing suit and immerse yourself in the cool, free flowing lake. Dive down and look at all of the interesting things that have been accidentally left down there.
If you find anything suspicious, contact the police immediately. Suspicious items can include anything from guns and dead bodies to lost passports and driver’s licenses. Ghosts and mermaids don’t count.
Couples Ocean Adventures
A sea scooter can be part of a perfect romantic outing or day at the beach together.
You can take two scooters and ride the waves together, chasing each other around the ocean and laughing and playing in the water. This is a great activity for adventerous people where both partners are love active, colorful bonding experiences.
For something a bit more intimate, one partner can ride on the back of the other partner while the other partner holds onto the scooter. This is only a good idea if the one being ridden is able to easily break free and go up for air when needed. Always practice safety in the ocean. Don’t bear down on your partner where they cannot easily rise for air. Only hold onto their shoulders.
Sunrise Sea Dives
Again, you will need a bodysuit for this, even in the Atlantic Ocean where the water is warm even in the morning. A bodysuit will keep you warm and mostly dry for the duration of your swim.
It is magical to be out on the water as the sun rises and to check out how the dawning rays affect the water gradually, little by little. The whole effect is amazing and well worth the experience. Never swim alone, even if you are experienced. Always swim with a partner when you are out in the ocean because you never know when you will accidentally hit an undercurrent and be swept under the water.
Junk Treasure Hunting
This is best done in a lake, although sometimes rivers and oceans can have the occasional interesting thing, as well. Use your sea scooter (and a good diving buddy) to swim around and check out the interesting stuff in the water. Who knows? Maybe that piece of metal equipment could be rescued, scraped clean of rust, and painted to sell on eBay!
So What Exactly Is a Sea Scooter, Anyways?
A sea scooter is basically just a small, battery-powered electric motor that spins a propeller, with handholds on either side for a diver to hang on to. The propeller is usually enclosed or protected, so that the diver is perfectly safe, and can use the sea scooter to travel quickly underwater without using up as much energy while swimming.
Sea scooters have been around, in one form or another, for a while now–you may recognize early sea scooters in some of your favorite spy movies–but recently, they’ve become more and more readily available for the non-super-spy public to use on everyday adventures.
Because a diver using a sea scooter doesn’t constantly need to expend energy to swim or stay underwater, his or her body will use up less oxygen than it would normally, which means that dives can last longer with that little burst of extra oxygen. In addition, without having to focus on swimming or how much oxygen you’re using, the sea scooter allows for a far more relaxed dive, and lets you focus on the beauty that’s all around you.
While sea scooters can come in a variety of sizes, the “standard” size of a sea scooter is still pretty small (usually only around a foot in length). This means that divers using a sea scooter can easily maneuver close to coral reefs or along narrow stretches of underwater trenches. In addition, since the operation of most sea scooters boils down to simple “point and go” mechanics, it’s easy to get up close and personal with all of the amazing sights the sea has to offer, even if you’re a beginning scuba diver! The small size also makes it an easy addition to your scuba diving kit, as it doesn’t take up very much room, and can easily be packed along with all your other essential equipment.
Because the sea scooter is relying on a steady, battery-operated motor, instead of on human propulsion, it’s naturally going to be able to go a little bit faster. The average speed of a swimming scuba diver is between 0.5 and 1 miles an hour, depending on how long they intend to sustain the speed, with 0.5 being the more usual speed. On the other hand, most modern sea scooters have top speeds of around 2 miles an hour, which can greatly cut down the time it takes a diver to reach his or her destination. If you’ve got any places of interest you’ve been dying to discover, or new locations that were previously too too far away, or would just take too long to reach, you can reach them in literally half the time with the help of a sea scooter, so that more of the ocean is opened up for you to explore!
As mentioned above, a sea scooter helps you go faster–which, in turn, can help you go a whole lot farther. Whether you’re exploring a lake, river, or the ocean, a sea scooter can help you go farther on the same amount of oxygen without risking swimming too far or tiring yourself out. Swimming farther with a sea scooter allows you to reach points of interest that may not be as densely inhabited by other divers, and lets you get a glimpse of the worlds that are hiding away from dry land, just waiting to be discovered. The increased distance will also allow you to test or improve your scuba diving skills, while still remaining secure in the knowledge that you’ll be able to get to old, familiar territories without putting yourself at any unnecessary risk of fatigue by going further than you normally would on your own.
This last point is almost a combination of all of the above pros, but it’s probably the best thing about using a sea scooter: you can stay underwater for so much longer. Because you’ll use less oxygen, you have more oxygen to use for exploring, which translates directly into more time. Because you can get in closer and follow a tighter path, you won’t have to waste as much time trying to figure out how to navigate, which leaves more time for exploration. And because sea scooters get you further, faster, than you would be able to get on your own, you can spend less time and effort getting to your destination, and more time enjoying the journey. All of these factors combine to create a leisurely, relaxed dive that allows you to really take in all the sights around you, instead of focusing on your oxygen, your planned path of procedure, and the time left before you have to return.
Don’t Go Too Deep:
Unfortunately, because sea scooters are such small, lightweight pieces of equipment, there are limits to their capabilities, and the most pressing of these limits is its depth barrier. Most scuba divers can dive up to 130 feet before experiencing discomfort, but the average sea scooter can usually only go down about 30 feet. So, if you’re looking to explore relatively shallow reefs or cruise along underwater at a relatively relaxed pace, a sea scooter is still a great option for you! But if you’re looking to do some deep sea diving, you may want to look into getting a sea scooter that’s specifically designed to handle the increased pressure and lowered temperature that deep sea dives usually require. There are still a lot of diver propulsion vehicles available on the market today for deep sea divers, but the average sea scooter is still best kept to the relatively shallow end of the pool, lake, river or seafloor you’re exploring.
You’ll Need Both Hands:
As mentioned earlier, most sea scooters have handholds on either side of the engine so that the diver can hang on. Obviously, this helps you keep a steady grip as the sea scooter takes you where you need to go, but it can also create problems if you need to let go for any reason. A sea scooter needs both hands to maneuver, so it’s not exactly a hands-free device, which can be a bit of a bummer if you want to reach for something you need. Of course, you can stop at any time, but it can be somewhat of a drag to constantly have to stop and start again in order to make sure you have easy access to everything you’ll need on your trip. In addition, removing a hand from the sea scooter while it’s moving is like taking your hands off the wheel of your car while driving–it can lead to a nasty jolt that throws you off your rhythm.
Takes Its Time:
While the previous two entries were issues with sea scooters that might crop up mid-swim, this last issue is mostly a logistical constraint–it can take a while to charge up. The electric, battery-powered motor means that you don’t have to buy fuel for your sea scooter, but also means that the battery will wear down, and you will have to take time to charge it up again. Most sea scooters fully recharge in around 90 minutes, which isn’t really very long compared to most standard electronic devices, but it’s still enough time to take a sizable chunk out of your day, if you forgot to charge it up previously, or if the low battery was something you forgot, and which caught you by surprise.
Again, whether you’re a novice scuba diver or an old pro, the sea scooter is great because it helps at every skill level. If you’re a beginner, you can use a sea scooter as a swimming aid, or to get you to places you’ve never been able to reach before, or even just to get yourself comfortable with the idea of motoring around beneath the waves! If you’re a professional or practiced scuba diver, the sea scooter can help you extend your underwater explorations, or take you into hard-to-reach areas that were previously inaccessible, or just get you where you want to go in much less time. While some of its drawbacks–limits on depth and limited use of your hands–may keep it from being the perfect tool, a sea scooter is still an important piece of diving equipment that can improve a dive at any level of experience or expertise.