Scuba (Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) is an acronym we usually associate with face-masks, breathing tubes and back-mounted tanks, but the Scuba-Doo Motorised Scuba Bike opens a new dimension of underwater exploration by combining a fixed breathing dome that covers the head and shoulders with a highly-manoeuvrable, motorised underwater "motorcycle".
The obvious advantage of the ingenious design is the enclosed head area - the need for a mask or mouthpiece is eliminated by the constant replenishment of air into the clear dome that enables normal breathing.
There's also no need to wear weight-belts or an air tank as these are mounted on the Scuba Bike. Add the ability to cruise at a rate of 2.5 knots remain stationary while feeding the fish and you have a unique underwater experience open to a wider range of people than conventional diving - those who are not strong swimmers or who have minor disabilities can still ride the bike and you can wear your spectacles or contact lenses without difficulty.
Designed for operation in shallow water, Scuba-Doo can carry enough air in its tanks for approximately 1 hour, has a battery life of 1.5 hours and meets all licensing and safety requirements in Queensland.
The Scubadoo is currently only available to diving sites via a lease arrangement.
No price or date is yet confirmed for a general release.
If you're interested in trying Scuba-Doo for yourself, Great Adventures Pontoon in Cairns is currently the only site using the new device. Follow the links below to learn more.