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Scuba diving gets easier with the HydroBOB.

A British inventor has created a new underwater scooter that allows tourists to explore coral reefs without learning to scuba dive - or even swim. Vacationers can sit on the HydroBOB and dive to depths of 100ft at tourist sites around the world.

Andrew Sneath, HydroBOB designer and company founder, said: "With minimal training the rider can cruise the underwater world without the need to wear cumbersome dive equipment."

The HydroBOB's helmet-like dome contains an air bubble that is continually filled with oxygen from an on-board tank, as reported in Deep-Sea News.

The clear acrylic dome gives a 180 degree view and the oxygen tank is big enough to give over an hour's use before resurfacing.

Users don't need goggles, breathing apparatus or a wet suit. They can wear glasses and even talk underwater.

A 12 volt battery stored under the seat allows the scooter to move at two knots. Depth is controlled by a bounce bag, similar to that worn by a scuba diver to control buoyancy.

Users are given a simple ten minute briefing on underwater signalling and how to equalise the pressure in their ears.

Hydrodome has made 350 HydroBOBs - or breathing observation bubbles - for rental at tourist destinations worldwide, including the Bahamas, Australia and Tenerife in the Canary Islands.
 

2010-11-15, Digital Journal.


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