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Sea toys - ocean PTDs
by Rachel Richmond, News editor

 

The latest fad in new ocean technology is similar to the fads we are seeing on land, where PTDs-personal transportation devices- are taking over. They are providing ocean lovers with new tools to help them explore the seas with greater ease, even if they donít know how to scuba dive or snorkel. One such device is the Breathing Observation Bubble, BOB.

 

It is a scoot with a built in dive helmet that allows the operator to breath freely. It is recommended that operators be certified divers, but anyone may operate the BOB without being dive certified if accompanied by a certified diver.

BOB is being used by many sea tour companies for inexperienced divers to get the most out of the ocean. The Sea Treck is an oversized dive helmet that allows divers to walk around on the sea floor up to 15 feet below the surface without even getting their face wet. The helmet weighs 75 pounds and attaches to an air compressor, floating overhead, that lets the diver breath freely.

One draw back to the Sea Treck is that you cannot bend down or your helmet will fill with water. The Sea Treck works just like an inverted drinking glass that has been submerged in water with a huge air bubble within it. If heavy helmets donít sound appealing, then Snuba is the perfect activity.

The Snuba was developed in 1988 as a cross between snorkeling and scuba diving. Snuba is a dive regulator attached to an air hose, which is connected to air tanks floating at the surface. Snuba allows you to enjoy the water with the ease of a snorkel without the constraints of scuba gear. Snuba is endorsed by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, PADI, the global association of scuba instructors, as a way to initiate new divers before scuba diving for the first time. If these underwater experiences seem to be too much, then there are always submarine tours, such as Atlantis Submarines.

New underwater personal transportation devices are the wave of the future for exploring the big blue sea, for experienced divers or anyone just looking for a little underwater adventure.

 

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