12 Best Underwater Scooters For All Budget in 2022

Underwater Scooters, also known as DPVs or Diver Propulsion Vehicles, are an exhilarating piece of technology that entices all types of divers.

Whether you are a snorkeler wanting to zip around the shallow reefs or a techie looking for that little bit extra oomph, then there’s a model on the market for you. For example the Lefeet S1 that you can use both for fun sport and diving.

So, what is an Underwater Scooter?

All in all, it’s a scooter that’ll help move you forward in the water. Divers hold onto the handles from behind and allow themselves to be pulled through the water at speeds of up to 9 mph.

Scooters can mean the end to long, tiring swims and high air consumption, ideal for those of you who want to experience the underwater world without added the effort. For those who are looking for an adrenaline boost to your favorite sport, DPVs have that covered too.

Depending on the model they can be used by children snorkeling all the way through to technical and commercial diving applications. They can allow the circumnavigation of a large wreck in a single dive, and far away reefs become accessible.

If you’re ready to purchase your first underwater scooter or upgrade your existing model, this guide will help. We’ve broken down our list of scooters into budget, mid-range, and high-end categories so there’s sure to be something for everyone.

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Great Mods & Good Power

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The LEFEET S1 Pro is an update on the tech brand’s first modular underwater scooter. The Pro model has really scaled up everything in terms of power while keeping down the overall footprint of this upgraded and welcome addition to the market.

With the same modular design, you can attach two engines together for increased pull and power, set one on a scuba tank, attach to a paddle board or go full Ironman and strap them onto the side of your legs.

Check out the stats on the upgrade down below. Check them out if you’re looking to add fun to freediving, scuba diving, or to playing around from a yacht or shore.

Specs & Features

  • 3 speed modes
  • Battery capacity 4400mAh
  • Max depth of 130 feet/40 m
  • Weight: 5 lbs/2.3kg
  • Listed running time: 45-70 minutes

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.6

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    It’s compact form makes it easy to transport
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    Battery size is allowed on airplanes (carry-on)
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    14% more thrust than the original
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    Pretty good starter package included
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    Around an hour run-time (depending on usage)

Reasons NOT to buy:

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LEFEET S1 Pro

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In an expanding ocean of underwater scooters comes a model from eFoil-maker, Waydoo Tech, with a design that competes with established market leaders. Intended for scuba, swimming, free diving and to boost paddle crafts. The Subnado is the most compact of performance products that will fill the 2022 recreational market for underwater scooters.

Having successfully reached its Kickstarter funding, Waydoo will start delivering to its backers in July. The DIVEIN team got an early chance to test this scooter to measure its performance and get a feel for how it works in practical terms.

It’s not enough to have a good design. Not every good design translates into a great consumer experience. But, after some test sessions, it struck us that this compact and lightweight scooter has some very interesting and positive features at a competitive price that should thrust it toward the top of the market.

Specs & Features

  • Material: Aluminum Alloy, Resin
  • Dimension: 14.84” x 2.76” x 2.76”
  • Weight: 3 lbs.
  • Max. Waterproof Depth Capacity: 195 feet
  • Thrust Options: 3

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.1

Reasons to buy:

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    One of the most compact and portable underwater scooters out there
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    Batteries can be carried on board flights
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    Its power and performance rank along with the high-end ones
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    Easy to mount/dismount on arms, legs, and paddleboards
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    You can attach up to three extra gear like GoPro and fill lights

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markChord length to remote restrains movement when leg-mounted or on paddle craft
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  • check-markCan’t change batteries
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Waydoo Subnado Underwater Scooter

Modular, Versatile, Powerful

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The ScubaJet Pro is a battery-powered jet propulsion system initially created as a snorkel and diving scooter but has since been adapted to many different watersports. The ScubaJet is fully customizable and comes in 3 different setups depending on your desired performance and power requirements.

After getting our hands on the Scubajet Pro, we took it with us snorkeling and diving to get a feel for how this underwater scooter works and give an accurate review of the pros and cons.

We focused on features such as battery life, top speed, and maneuverability while using the scooter. We also took into consideration the overall experience of using the ScubaJet Pro and whether it made the diving experience more enjoyable.

The modular nature of the ScubaJet means that you can configure it to your needs, with the ScubaJet company stating that it is the most versatile water jet system in the world. Read on to discover an in-depth analysis of the ScubaJet Pro for Scuba Diving.

Specs & Features

  • Length: 16.5” or 22.8”
  • Engine Power: 200W or 400W
  • Max Speed: 4.5 mph
  • Weight Incl. Battery: 6.6 lbs or 10 lbs
  • Ride Time: 2 to 4 hours

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.8

Reasons to buy:

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    Can take very stable videos when a camera is mounted on it
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    Lightweight compared to other DPVs
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    Amazing for free diving
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    Allows you to conserve air and good against currents
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    Provides easy steering and intuitive propulsion controls

Reasons NOT to buy:

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ScubaJet Pro for Diving

Good For Fun in the Water

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This is certainly going to turn heads underwater — it looks somewhat like the Starship Enterprise. It might be great for Trekkies but despite its very decent specs, it’s not suitable for techies. It’s the only model in our selection to feature dual props, giving it this unique look.

This model is ultra-light and easy to carry for children and adults alike. The depth rating is the limit of recreational diving, so perfect for short, deeper dives.

It is available in many combinations of colors so you can personalize your propulsion style by matching it with your, now rather unused, fins. Hold on and let the props do the work.

Specs & Features

  • Speed: 3.35 mph
  • Depth: 131 feet
  • Run time: 30 mins
  • Size: 465 x 230 x 230 mm
  • Weight: 7.7 lbs (including battery)

Our Overall Review

4.2

Reasons to buy:

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    Very portable
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    Camera mount included

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SUBLUE WhiteShark Mix

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This lightweight and compact model is perfect for kids playing in the pool or snorkeling in the sea. Its many safety features include a dual-trigger operation and auto cut out. The propeller is well guarded so little fingers can’t get hurt.

The Seal Seascooter is not a model that you should consider for scuba diving but it offers great reliability and hours of fun for the family.

For that reason, it may be worth purchasing an additional battery as it’s a guarantee that the kids won’t get tired of zooming around in a lagoon or lake.

Specs & Features

  • Speed: up to 2 mph
  • Depth: 15 feet
  • Run time: Up to 1.5 hours
  • Size: 286 x 286 x 483 mm
  • Weight: 12 lbs (including the battery)

Our Overall Review

4

Reasons to buy:

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    GoPro mount included
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    Low weight
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    Suitable for kids

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Yamaha Seal Seascooter

Fun Mid-Ranger

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The Lefeet S1 is an innovative sea scooter that marks itself out by its portability and versatility. It has since been succeeded by a Pro version, but this one remains a fun and affordable model if you can get it at a good price.

The Lefeet performs well as a propulsion system both for freediving and scuba diving, being both easy to carry and operate.

As a successfully crowdfunded project, the Lefeet S1 joined bigger companies like Yamaha and ScubaJet. But unlike those two, for example, the lightweight S1 has modular capabilities that make it very customizable. For example, two units can join together to double the power; you can attach a unit to a scuba tank or two side-mounted tanks or to each leg. Attach an action cam too.

Having a remote control gives you the freedom to attach the Lefeet scooter to virtually anything–though it loses its connection very easily when further than 3 feet away.

Specs & Features

  • 3 speed modes
  • Battery capacity 4400mAh
  • Max depth of 130 feet/40 m
  • Weight: 5 lbs/2.3kg
  • Max running time: 30-60 minutes

Our Overall Review

4.2

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    It’s carry-on friendly for flying
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    One-handed operation
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    Very customizable
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    Pretty fast, especially when connected to another unit

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Lefeet S1

Best for Tech Divers

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Despite this torpedo-shaped DPV being aimed primarily at technical divers, it can be used for any diving or snorkeling experience. Its single-handed control feature means that you are free to carry out tasks such as gas changes with ease.

This is rated for use to the deepest depth of any scooters listed here, but the price reflects this. Speed clearly isn’t a priority with this design as it rates among the slowest.

The weight and size of the Aquaprop L are well suited to travel. The battery isn’t the fastest to recharge, but with enough juice for two dives on one charge, recharging can be done after your day’s diving is over.

Specs & Features

  • Speed: 2 mph
  • Depth: 262 ft
  • Run time: 200 minutes
  • Size: 118 x 230 x 565 mm
  • Weight: 13.8 lbs (including battery)

Our Overall Review

4

Reasons to buy:

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    Deepest depth rating on our list
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    Great run time
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    Single hand controls
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    Lightweight

Reasons NOT to buy:

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Aquaprop L Scooter Subgravity

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Yamaha produces the goods yet again. This time we see the same great design as the RDS series but with the much preferred lithium-ion battery. These batteries don’t require the ongoing maintenance other batteries do and are well worth the additional cost, in our opinion.

This range of more advanced DPVs has superior safety features to protect your substantial outlay. Yamaha still manages to keep the weight down, making this versatile scooter ideal for children and country hopping.

Specs & Features

  • Speed: up to 3.1 mph
  • Depth: 98 ft
  • Run time: Up to 1 hour
  • Size: 319 x 300 x 610 mm
  • Weight: 18.9 lbs (including battery)

Our Overall Review

4

Reasons to buy:

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    Flood prevention system
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    Lithium battery
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    Auto buoyancy

Reasons NOT to buy:

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Yamaha Professional 220 Li

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The next model in the RDS range really starts to get more serious for scuba. It is usable up to Advanced Open Water depths and can really keep you going at a decent speed for a significantly longer time.

Longer dives are possible with all that extra air in your tank saved because you’re not finning, something we can all get used to.

The RDS250 is ideal for large, shallow wrecks or for circumnavigating a coral island and admiring the fish along the wall. Yet it’s still very portable and lightweight for the traveling diver and older kids.

Specs & Features

  • Speed: Up to 2.5 mph
  • Depth: 98 feet
  • Run time: Up 2 hours
  • Size: 612 x 385 x 312 mm
  • Weight: 18 lbs (including the battery)

Our Overall Review

3.7

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    Great run time
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    A solid DPV for the price

Reasons NOT to buy:

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Yamaha RDS250

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Yamaha seems to have the budget market fully cornered. Well known for their motorbikes and outboard marine engines, the company sets new standards in portable, affordable DPVs. They make models for all pockets and have a professional range, too. A great starter for those buying their first scooter.

The RDS series goes up in increments, with additional features for the higher prices. The RDS200 is the cheapest of the range but still offers some great specs for your money.

Specs & Features

  • Speed: Up to 2 mph
  • Depth: 65 feet
  • Run time: up to 1 hour
  • Size: 612 x 385 x 312 mm
  • Weight: 13 lbs (including the battery)

Our Overall Review

3.7

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    Lightweight
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    Good value for money

Reasons NOT to buy:

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Yamaha RDS200

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For the next model up for the Li series, Yamaha has produced a speedy scooter with a good depth rating and run time. The recharge time on these models is a swift 3 to 4 hours, making them among the fastest available on the market today. It also features an automatic buoyancy system that makes for a comfortable ride.

If this baby isn’t fast enough for you, its bigger sibling, the Li500 is capable of speeds of up to 4.35 mph. As fast as the money leaving your bank!

Specs & Features

  • Speed: 3.7mph
  • Depth: 130 ft
  • Run time: 75 mins
  • Size: 319 x 300 x 610 mm
  • Weight: 18.9 lbs (including battery)

Our Overall Review

3.5

Reasons to buy:

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    Better run time than comparable models
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    Great speed at 3.7 mph
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    Pay more for the 500li and go as fast as 4.35 mph

Reasons NOT to buy:

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Yamaha 350 Li

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This machine is certainly designed for serious divers, hosting a massive operational range and substantial run time, this is perfect for exploring large wrecks at depths.

Where speed isn’t an issue, this machine is perfect for helping you pull around those extra tanks, extending bottom time effortlessly. The progressive acceleration on this scooter makes maneuvering smoother and easier.

This is also a seriously priced bit of kit, made to last and very sturdy. With that comes the extra weight, so you would have to purchase an extra baggage allowance if you want to take it to your bucket-list destinations.

Specs & Features

  • Speed: Up to 2.8 mph
  • Depth: 230 ft
  • Run time: Up to 1.5 hours
  • Size: 724 x 343 mm
  • Weight: 46.2 lbs (including battery)

Our Overall Review

4

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    A serious piece of diving kit that won’t let you down
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    Variable pitch propeller
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    Progressive acceleration
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    The run time at cruising speed is 190 minutes, great for deep wrecks

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Apollo AV2 Evolution

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Free your hands while diving the ocean depths with the Tusa SAV-7 Evolution underwater scooter. Offering an ideal way to get around underwater without tiring yourself out, the Evolution scooter offers several upgrades from previous incarnations. The progressive acceleration system, for example, allows you to make precise speed adjustments while in motion.

This easy-to-activate feature results in smooth, effortless riding, and lets several divers at once synchronize their speeds in a variety of geographical areas and current conditions. The scooter also comes equipped with saddle wings, letting it pull two additional divers without suffering any falloff in performance.

In fact, the scooter’s speed and distance limits are almost the same whether it’s pulling one person without a saddle or three divers at once. And divers will love the three-speed propeller, which is adjustable by both angle and pitch. This allows you to easily fine-tune the scooter’s speed and direction.

Specs & Features

  • Speed: 2.8 mph
  • Depth: 229 ft
  • Size: 720 x 340 x 340 mm
  • Weight: 44 lbs (including battery)
  • Battery type: Lithium

Our Overall Review

4.7

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    Saddle wings can mean it can pull 3 divers with very little change in performance
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    Saddle for more streamlining (one diver)
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    Responsive accelerator

Reasons NOT to buy:

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Tusa Sav7 EVO3

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Things to Consider Before Buying an Underwater Scooter

Before we look at the scooters themselves, let’s go over some of the things to keep in mind before buying an underwater scooter.

What Type of Diving Do You Do?

Prior to buying any piece of diving equipment, you need to first consider what it is you want if for, if it’s up to the job, or way too advanced. The same applies to underwater scooters and you need to be sure to do your research before making that investment.

Ask yourself some questions including:

  • How deep do you want to go
  • Do you want to travel and therefore have a more lightweight model?
  • Is variable speed important?
  • Do you want to be able to take more than one diver?
  • How often will you use it and is the charge time quick enough?

Or perhaps you want children to use it and need it to be focused on ease of use and the scooter’s stopping capabilities. Each scooter comes with its own unique specs and features, once you have answered the above questions, you’ll be better equipped to make the right choice.

Maintenance

Scooters are a rather technological advanced piece of equipment and you should never attempt to fix or alter one if you are not capable of doing so. Ensure that your new scooter comes with a warranty and that if something goes wrong, you are within easy reach of a reputable service facility.

To avoid any damage to your scooter, make sure that you read the instruction manual carefully before use and that it is assembled correctly. Look after it properly by rinsing it with fresh water after each dive.

If your battery is of the lead-acid variety, there will be required routine maintenance. This is why Lithium-ion types are preferable, although considerably more expensive.

Buoyancy

All scooters offer different buoyancy options and you’ll need to know which type and whether this will suit your needs. Some scooters are set to negative or positive buoyancy. Others offer a buoyancy control system, allowing you to change it yourself.

Negatively buoyant scooters could be a problem for beginner divers because they will pull the diver down and the DPV is easily lost if the diver drops it. For that reason alone, a lanyard is a sensible option when using these scooters.

Equally, positively buoyant options can pull you up and may make the scooter harder to control. More expensive models give the options of buoyancy adjustments, allowing you to maintain neutral buoyancy easily. This option also makes it easier to change from salt to fresh water.

Battery and Run Time

The length of time that a scooter will last underwater is anything between 30 mins to 4 hours. Many popular scooters have a run time of 2 hours which is sufficient for most dives. The 30-minute models are really aimed at short, shallow dives and snorkeling. However, these are a much cheaper option. If you go down this route, it’s probably worth having at least a spare battery or two. This will increase the weight when traveling, though.

It is also important to note that the more charge cycles your battery goes through, the shorter your run times will gradually get. Lithium batteries with a large blade reduce the drain on the battery more so than the other DPV battery types.

 

Top Tips for Diving With a Scooter

Zooming around underwater for the first time? Before you jump in, enlist the help of an instructor who is licensed to teach DPV diving and read over these helpful tips.

Safety

The standard pre-dive safety check applies while diving with an underwater scooter, too. You just need to add in a few DPV-specifics.

These pre-dive checks include both generic safety measures, which apply to all scooters, as well as model-specific checks. Make sure you know exactly what you should be looking out for before taking your scooter on a dive. You don’t want to end up with a power failure or a flooded scooter mid-dive!

Don’t ever distribute the weights you need on your scooter in case you become separated from it.

Training

Underwater scooters need to be taken seriously by any user whether you are snorkeling in the shallows or taking it on an advanced tech dive.

Ensure that you get some thorough training before diving with a scooter so that you are fully prepared. Check out your local dive center or find a training facility on the web to see what DPV specialty courses they offer. This can also help you choose your own scooter if the center stocks a number of models to try.

What Will Happen If I Let Go of My DPV?

If you are thinking about diving for the first time using a scooter, this question has probably crossed your mind. So, what does happen if you let go of the scooter? Some scooters have a trigger which simply cuts the engine if you let go. With other models, which can be used hands-free, they have unit-specific systems.

Being Streamlined

Make sure that your equipment is streamlined. The last thing you want is a loose hose dangling on top of your scooter as this is not only dangerous but may also damage your expensive equipment. A sensation you may experience when using a DPV is the whirring of your regulator hose, this is something you get used to very quickly, but another reason to hoses tucked in.

Maintaining Trim

How much distance you will cover while using an underwater scooter has a lot to do with your trim. Make sure that you are weighted correctly and have the right amount of air in your BCD. If your BCD is overly inflated, this will create drag, resulting in a higher air consumption and a shorter dive time.

Make sure that you are positioned correctly behind your scooter with your arms slightly bent. Straight arms will cause back issues and holding it to close to you will make you very cold from the water flow.Don’t somersault! Although this looks like a lot of fun, it could end up with a trip to the hyperbaric chamber.

Equalizing

Equalizing with one hand can be a problem with some models, which require both hands to stay stable on the scooter. You need to know what are the best equalizing techniques that suit the scooter you buy. Hands-free (on a lanyard or leash), or single-hand-operated DPVs do not come with this issue.

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