I don’t know how many times in the past 30 years I’ve said “Enough! I’ve got all the dive gear I need.” Only to discover something else I just had to have. That’s exactly what happened with the Seascooter Explorer DPV. I’d always thought of these things as expensive toys that were finicky at best on the good days and something that was just money wasted when a diver couldn’t think of anything else to spend money on.
If you really wanted or needed a DPV that you could depend upon it always seemed they were several thousand dollars and really not meant for the average diver to mess around with. Most of us were just meant to watch James Bond use them in the movies or something. My thoughts were changed when I was sent to Hawaii to do equipment repair certification courses for the manufacturer I was working for at the time. One of the dive shops attending my classes offered me the use of their Sea-Doo Seascooters for an afternoon and I thought what the heck? Why not? I was pleasantly surprised to learn they weren’t as large and heavy as I’d expected. They assembled quite easily and securely enough that there was very little worry or chance of flooding the units.
In the water they were slightly negatively buoyant. Not boat anchors by any means, but if you left them on the bottom they didn’t bounce around and float away on you. This is adjustable to the user’s liking or needs by adding or removing weight in the compartment designed for it inside the nose cone of the unit. The grips and trigger are positioned to be comfortable and very convenient to operate and the propeller is enclosed I a cage almost eliminating any worry about getting anything tangled in the prop. It has a 3 speed switch with dual trigger operation allowing for slow cruises over the reef, to hurrying over to see that critter that disappeared behind that coral head not too far off. The top speed of 3.3 miles per hour doesn’t seem like much until you are in the water and turn it on full blast. It was pleasantly surprising.
Over the past couple years it’s been a useful tool to make for enjoyable dives on more than one occasion. The 90 minute run time lets me reach some of the reef systems not normally accessible without a boat or an incredibly long surface swim here in California. Something I think is probably the #1 thing I dislike the most in all of scuba. It helps get me past the areas most shore divers can reach and where I can see marine life that hasn’t been frightened away by excessive human contact. But the best part of all is the price. It costs less than a high end dive computer! In the end, money well spent towards making for enjoyable fun dives! Now I think I have all the dive gear I need!