Diving scooters have become one of the most popular gadgets for water sports enthusiasts, and the latest to paddle you is a compact pocket rocket from Japanese manufacturer Surando Tech.
Surando, currently crowdfunding The event, due for delivery in October 2023, is simple and sweet: a four-bladed propeller with safety guards, three gears of the steering handle controlled by thumb pressure, and a top speed of 2 m/s (6.6 ft/s).
With a maximum depth of 60 m (197 ft), it can accommodate professional divers, including cave and wreck divers, as well as snorkelers and anyone looking to complete an Olympic final at the local pool.
It can also be mounted on a kayak, paddle board, or canoe, which is fun to look at and very practical when you’re battling tides or currents. However, it’s unclear how it was installed.
It takes about 3 hours to fully charge the 7,200mAh battery, which will give you about 60 minutes of continuous cruising time. Underwater photographers can also mount GoPros and accessories like lighting on the scooter.
One of its best assets, however, is its size. It’s compact, designed to fit in a backpack’s side pocket, and is approved for airline cabin luggage storage (as long as you have 3kg (6.5lb) of spare luggage).
The most basic Promise Kit, which includes the Surando and charging unit, is priced at 55,385 yen (about $390).
Watch this video to see it in action.
Surando Underwater Scooter