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This time I let other divers and swimmers try my new Scooter

Discussion in 'Dive Propulsion Vehicles' started by Diverdon, Oct 7, 2019.

  1. Diverdon

    Diverdon Barracuda

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    This scooter is geared more towards the recreational diver,yet it's fast and a lot of fun to play with.

     
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  2. rjack321

    rjack321 Captain

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    The wings are rather funny, nice job
     
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  3. Pearlman

    Pearlman Barracuda

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    I didnt watch the full clip, but good to have this discussed on a forum with more experienced members - So what makes it a recreational scooter? I am not trained on UW scooters so I'd like to know the differences. In the case of an accident when using it will the dive insurance company cover your liability even without any certification to use scooters?

    P
     
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  4. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

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    Fantastic !
    Enjoyed the zooming along and especially the side bar testimonials
    Well done!

    SDM
     
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  5. rjack321

    rjack321 Captain

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    Liability how? For injury? No medical insurer is requiring a scooter "certification" in order to be covered for injuries incurred (and you can potentially hurt yourself)
     
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  6. Pearlman

    Pearlman Barracuda

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    Ok I was thinking an inexperienced diver can easily exceed his depth limits due to the propulsion and its temptations ... and the resulting risks involved ...

    P
     
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  7. RainPilot

    RainPilot completey delusional scientology snowflake Staff Member

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    It's like the judge said about pornography vs art, you know it when you see it.

    A "tech" DPV will have a system for getting it neutrally buoyant, a thrust level suitable for pulling a diver with a drysuit, twinset, stages (and a similarly equipped buddy) at a reasonable pace, a system for attaching to a crotch strap to avoid arm fatigue and generally be geared for one handed operation.

    Exactly where the line is that demarcates depends on who you ask, but generally any plastic scooter that is held onto by two hands is going to be a recreational toy vs a technical tool.
     
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  8. Diverdon

    Diverdon Barracuda

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    As Rainpilot has so eloquently indicated, this scooter is not designed with the "tech' diver in mind. I didn't suggest that it did, nor did you ask. Still, I would not reduce it so offhandedly as a toy. The rest of his comparison seems fair though. I will say though, that the Hoverstar has allowed me to see much more of the harbor that we cleaned recently, removing over 100 tires and much debris, and I would certainly consider it a tool in that respect. Fact is, it has allowed me to conserve quite a bit of air while surveying the harbor to see what steps we need to take to further our efforts.
    Though its not featured in the cleanup video, I am including this link to illustrate that I'm not someone who merely plays with toys. And yeah, I'm back to using my drysuit now that LS is in the mid 40s and yet the Hoverstar is chugging right along with me.
    My point? I feel it deserves more consideration than a quick look. in fact @Pearlman, I think you should watch the rest of the video. If you're considering a DPV, you should, of course, know exactly what it is that you expect from it, as each machine is different and may have it's own strengths and limitations.
    This particular DPV maybe a plastic toy according to some divers, along with the Sea-doos and Yamaha's, but its a little better, a lot faster and more powerful than the rest with that distinction. YMMV

    DD

     
  9. happy-diver

    happy-diver Skindiver Just feelin it ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Ha ha ha ha ha I'm there zooming around our harbour now, great!!!

    Hows the triple tanks, the sp regs, the shiny happy smiling people!!!

    Every scooter double dive on the second I let the uninitiated go for it


    Same results, shiny happy smiling people and haven't lost one yet!!!


    They gotta take their never used junk off first and leave it on the boat

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    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

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    No courses just brains and resources
     
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  10. Diverdon

    Diverdon Barracuda

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    Awesome stuff, Happy Diver. One way to get them hooked on the sport. My little is in swimming so we hang out in the pool for a while afterward. Once done folks tried it out the smiles could not be wiped off their faces
     

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