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An underwater scooter, or diver propulsion vehicle, can make your dive a little easier – or more exciting – by gently propelling you through the water. Knowing how to find the best underwater scooter will help you cover more of the ocean with less effort while avoiding being caught out miles away from the shoreline.

Even James Bond used an underwater scooter – but you don’t have to be a secret agent to reap the benefits! A DPV is ideal if you have long swim out to your dive site, as it can get you to your location while saving your energy. It’s also a great piece of gear for cave and wreck diving, allowing you to explore more.

Underwater scooters can help you consume less air by pulling you through the water, rather than having to swim.

One of our big goals here at The Adventure Junkies is to make your life easier when it comes to gearing up for scuba diving. In this article, we’ll walk you through what to look for when choosing a DPV and show you our selection of the best models of the year.

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Quick Answer - The Best Underwater Scooters

  1. Tusa SAV-7 EVO3
  2. Torpedo 2500
  3. Torpedo 3500

 

Comparison Table - Best Underwater Scooter

PictureNameRun TimeDepthWeightPriceRating
Tusa SAV-7 EVO3120 minutes230’45.0 lbs$$$5.0
Torpedo 250055 minutes170’46.0 lbs$4.5
Torpedo 350045 minutes170’26.0 lbs$4.5
PictureNameRun TimeDepthWeightPriceRating

 

Reviews - The Best Diving Underwater Scooters

Tusa SAV-7 EVO3

Specs
  • Buoyancy: -8 oz
  • Depth: 230’
  • Weight: 45.0 lbs
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Speed: 2.8 mph

BEST FOR: UNDERWATER ACTIVITIES SUCH AS SPEARFISHING, PHOTOGRAPHY

PROS: Can pull two divers at a time, 3-speed propeller, extremely reliable, can be “hands free” allowing diver to take photos

CONS: Heavy unit, expensive

Torpedo 2500

Specs
  • Buoyancy: -2lbs
  • Depth: 170’
  • Weight: 46.0 lbs
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Speed: 2.5 mph

BEST FOR: VALUE FOR MONEY

PROS: Slim line design, easy to carry, shrouded propeller

CONS: Limited run time compared to other underwater scooters

Torpedo 3500

Specs
  • Buoyancy: -2.5lbs
  • Depth: 170’
  • Weight: 26.0 lbs
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Speed: 3.5 mph

BEST FOR: DIVERS SEEKING SHORT BURSTS OF SPEED UNDERWATER

PROS: Faster than other products on the market

CONS: Heavy unit, short run time

 

 

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST UNDERWATER SCOOTERS

USE

Consider the key purpose of your underwater scooter, or DPV. Is it for getting out further from the shoreline to your dive site, to see more of a wreck or are you doing technical or cave diving? Perhaps you just want it for some added fun while snorkeling.

Obviously, if you’re just planning to use it for snorkeling then a cheaper model will be fine. But if you plan on using it on more serious dives, you’ll need to fork out for a higher quality model which will meet your needs. You’ll also need to think about the type of conditions you’ll be diving in – anything with a strong current or water flow will use up your battery life faster than if in calm waters.

 

MAXIMUM DEPTH

The maximum depth of your underwater scooter is a key factor to consider before making a purchase. The depth rating will usually reveal the quality of the machine because if it has a high depth rating, then it’s likely to be made to a higher standard and will be more reliable than something that can only be taken to 15 feet (5 meters). Again, consider the purpose of your DPV and this will help you choose a model with an appropriate depth rating.

 

POWER + BATTERY LIFE

Underwater scooter batteries can give varying levels of power and most have adjustable gears to change up your speed underwater. Lithium battery-run scooters with large propellers tend to last much longer. Your power output could be anywhere from a few hundred watts to several kilowatts.

You also need to make sure your device has a good run time, at the very minimum, 30 minutes for a short dive, but preferably more. The last thing you want is to find yourself miles away from the shore or boat with a dead battery and a very long swim back to safety. Your battery life will also depend on how much power you use underwater and what speed you travel at.

 

BUOYANCY

Buoyancy control is a key aspect of scuba diving and anything you carry or wear will affect your buoyancy. That includes your underwater scooter. The more buoyant it is, the harder you’ll have to work to keep traveling at the depth you want to remain at. Most mid to high range DPVs actually have buoyancy controls to suit your diving, otherwise you may need to make adjustments to your own weight.

 

WEIGHT

Remember that you’ll need to carry your DPV with you on land along with all your dive gear, so keep in mind how much it weighs. If you plan on traveling with it, you’ll want a model that is more lightweight to be able to transport easily next to your other dive gear.

 

PRICE

Underwater scooters can range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. You’ll get what you pay for – the top end range of DPVs offer outstanding run time of around 4 hours and maximum depth ratings of over 600 feet.

If you’re looking for a DPV purely for recreational purposes then you probably won’t need a top-end model. However, safety is paramount when diving, so beware of purchasing a cheap product that could put you in danger if it runs out of battery too soon, has a mechanical failure underwater or is taken below its maximum depth rating.

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