Scuba diving may seem like too much of a hassle, what with all the equipment, training and money you need to make it happen. A new product – that’s like something straight out of a James Bond movie – called Scorkl opens up the underwater world by combining the best of scuba diving with the ease of snorkeling. A hand pump refills the underwater breathing device that’s roughly the size of a water bottle, giving you 10 minutes of uninhibited exploration.
The Scorkl is a lightweight device you put to your mouth to breath in air while underwater – no scuba diving certification necessary. The Australia-based company says their cylinder is manufactured to the same standards and specifications as a cylinder you’d use to scuba dive, but it can be refilled with a Scorkl hand pump. The device also comes with a scuba tank refill adapter so it can be refilled from a scuba tank. A pressure gauge on the Scorkl lets users know how much air they have left – they’ll be able to swim freely through the water for around 10 minutes.
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Scorkl is crowdfunding on Kickstarter, and it appears there are a bunch of people out there who are drawn to the freedom offered by the device – the company set their goal at $22,765 but have already raised over $370,000. One Scorkl costs $199 – that’s 33 percent off the retail price. A Scorkl and pump are being offered at a discount price of $398.
At this point you’re probably wondering about safety. The company says the Scorkl is safe and can be used by anyone, but untrained divers should be cautious when swimming with it, and shouldn’t go below 9.8 feet in depth or use it more than five times in a single day. Trained divers should be able to go further than 9.8 feet drawing on what they learned during their certification process. The device is accompanied by an information kit warning users and offering tips to avoid pulmonary damage.
The company says the Scorkl is designed for shallow diving, and they recommend not using it below 32 feet, even though it technically can go to depths of around 65 feet. You can check out the campaign here.
Images via Scorkl Facebook
Nothing new about this at all. It's called a "pony bottle" like the Spare Air 300, that you can fill with a hand pump up to about 200 bar. Has been available on the market for many years.
As a scuba diver, this product will get people killed. Hand pumping a tank to its designed pressure, even this small will take hours and since no instruction on diving is required, this is a disaster in the making that should never come to market.