How do we at Underwater Australasia know spring is here and summer is on its way? Is it the birds being more vocal? Is it less wearing of jumpers?

When the days are getting warmer, the team at Underwater Australasia - not surprisingly - see an increase in questions about which underwater scooter is most suitable. This means summer is close!

So, how do you choose which  water scooter to get? You can always give the team at Underwater Australasia a call, but I thought I would write an overview and include a compact table to make things easier.

The Cayago Seabob is one of the top of the line water scooters. Super fun, super fast - for the person who has almost everything!Seabobs are so much fun: speed, class and style. For the person who has almost everything!

First off, it is important to keep in mind who will actually be using it.

We would start off by looking at the size and weight of the scooter. This is quite important and depends on who will be using it most. Young children or adults?  Do we need to take into consideration the mobility and agility of the user? Do you qualify for NDIS?  Will you be wanting to toss it into a bag, jump on your bike and head to the lagoon or will it be living on the back of your boat, near the pool and will not have far to go?

Of course, budget is important too. Fortunately, the range at Underwater Australasia has something for everyone.

Another consideration might be the colour or the looks of the underwater scooter. So, have a read and then use the links to have a look at the seascooters on our site. Of course, you can always call or e-mail!

For safety reasons, it is important to know that although many scooters are slightly positively buoyant, they cannot be used as a life saving device. Proper supervision an even life vests or inflatable sleeves are important when it comes to safety, especially for when children are using the scooters.

All water scooters come with everything you need in the box. It is recommended the unit is charged before its very first use to make sure the battery is full. When giving the scooters as a present - lucky person!- the battery should be charged  and O-rings inspected/put into place so the unit can be used straightaway.

I know, I know, I know who likes reading manuals? But seriously: just do it! It does not take long and it will improve the longevity and enjoyment you get out of these scooters. Rinsing your scooter properly after each use and charging the batteries are important when looking after these toys. Of course, the Underwater Australasia team is always happy to take you through it as well and we are only a phone call or e-mail away.

Shipping is FREE for all scooters when shipped anywhere in Australia and all scooters come with an action camera mount.

Let’s have a look at the different models!

 

Scooters for young children

There is definitely more fun to be had in the water when adding a seascooter. 

The Yamaha AquaCruise - inflatable fun for the young oneThe Yamaha AquaCruise - inflatable fun for the young one

We probably should start off with the AquaCruise. This is technically speaking not a scooter as it has a large inflatable seat with a small engine underneath and is more a ride-on. However, this one is super fun for the littlies and it is easy to supervise your kids as they zoom around in the pool and shallow waters.

When the children are young, size does matter and we would recommend the Yamaha Seal or Explorer. 

These two scooters are not only easy enough to carry to the water they can also be handled well when moving through the water due to their smaller size and weight. 

The Yamaha Seal (red/white) and the Explorer (white/blue) are excellent entry level scooters. Adult supervision a must!The Yamaha Seal (red/white) and the Explorer (white/blue) are excellent entry level scooters.

The main difference between those two scooter is that the Yamaha Explorer runs at 4 km/h and has a depth rating of 10 meters. The Yamaha Seal is a tad slower at 3.2 km/h and has a depth rating of 4.5 meters. Both use the same lead-acid battery. Since the batteries are reasonably priced, many of our customers buy a spare one for more time in the water.

At Underwater Australasia, we also stock the Geneinno S2. This bright orange and black scooter has two engines and at 2.7 kg is super light. The built-in Li-ion battery is charged in 1.5 hours with the magnetic charger. 

With two speed settings this scooter can go just over 4 km/h at the highest speed and has a depth rating of 30 meters.

Designed for all ages, the S2 can be safely used by our younger audience since an adult is able to control the scooter with the SmartApp monitoring from the side of the pool/on-shore, controlling speed, depth, distance, light, and check the battery life. Once finished, the App can show and share your underwater adventure.

The Geneinno S2 scooter. The SmartApp monitoring is a great tool for adults to stay in controlThe Geneinno S2 scooter. The SmartApp monitoring is a great tool for adults to stay in control

Although it is important to teach children to look after their belongings, we recommend an adult to be in charge to make sure the cleaning and battery charging happens properly. 

These days when families have their own backyard pool, the children are very confident from an early age. However, it is always important to have close supervision no matter how great their swimming skills might be!

 

Scooters for young adults and snorkelers

This is where the options open up more to the other scooter brands Underwater Australasia carries. These scooters are more powerful and able to pull along more weight than the kid’s scooters mentioned above.

The Yamaha RDS Series has the choice of three sturdy, reliable scooters, which run on lead-acid batteries: the RDS250, RDS280 and RDS300

The Yamaha RDS Series has the choice of three sturdy, reliable scooters, which run on lead-acid batteries: the RDS250, RDS280 and RDS300

All three sea scooters have a depth rating of 30 meters. The RDS250 can reach 4 km/h and has a long run time of up to 2 hours. The RDS280 and RDS300 go 4.5 km/h and 4.8 km/h and the battery lasts up to 1.5 hour.

Those three scooters come with a 12Ah battery and their own carry bag. There is the option to upgrade or buy an additional 14Ah battery for longer run time. These scooters weigh about 8 kg.

Underwater Australasia also has different Sublue models that are lots of fun. These scooters have twin engines and are more compact than the Yamaha sea scooters.  The Navbow, the MixPro and the Tini can all go to 40 meters.

All the Sublue sea scooters run on Lithium-ion batteries.

The Sublue Tini - the single units can be connected with a dual rail to get a more powerful dual engine water scooterThe Sublue Tini - the single units can be connected with a dual rail to get a more powerful, dual engine water scooter

The Sublue Tini is different in that this scooter can be bought on its own as a single engine scooter. It is - as the name indicates - compact. However, you can buy a second unit and attach the two with a dual rail kit. Both units are then operated with the one controller and - BOOM - you’ve got yourself a twin engine scooter.

When buying the two units at the same time, the dual rail kit is included! The standard battery (98Wh) that is included will give you 45 minutes run time in the water, but if you opt to buy the larger capacity battery with 158 Wh this is extended to 70 minutes.

The Sublue MixPro comes with a float for buoyancy and a phone mount. Available in black and in whiteThe Sublue MixPro comes with a float for buoyancy and a smartphone mount (phone not included). Available in black and in white

A more economical option for the dual engine scooter is the Sublue MixPro - a great two-speed underwater scooter, which comes with an smartphone mount (detachable) and can reach speeds of up to 6.4 km/h. This scooter weighs 3.5 kg only and the battery only needs 2 hours to be fully charged.

With the float attached, the scooter is positively buoyant. This scooter can be used by younger kids and adults alike. This scooter comes in white and black.

 

The LeFeet aqua scooter can also be mounted on a dual rail or onto your SCUBA tank. The design is industrial and compact

The LeFeet S1 waterscooter is similar to the Tini in that you can buy one or two units and they can be connected to form a twin-engine waterjet. 

However, the LeFeet has a compact, more industrial design, is lighter (2.3 kg) and goes faster (6 km/h). The LeFeet also has the option to strap it to your scuba tank with the SCUBA Mount kit and keep the detached controller in your hand for more freedom.

For any of those twin-engine units not just rinsing, but also a good soaking after each use in fresh water is very important for the longevity, in order to keep the motors spin freely as sand and salt crystals can get into the moving parts.

 

Yamaha Professional Range with Lithium-ion batteries

The Yamaha series also have a Lithium-ion battery range with the PDS220, PDS350 and the PDS500.

The Yamaha Professional Range with Li-ion batteries. The PDS220, 350 and 500

These scooters are even more robust and powerful. They are heavier and a bit larger than the other sea scooters and weigh around the 9 kg mark, but perform well under water and are easy to use and manoeuvre. 

Their streamlined torpedo shape makes these scooters just glide through the water. With indicator lights for the battery and the adjustable buoyancy with adding or removing weights these scooters are great for recreation and professional purposes.

Just before the Australian summer in 2021, the Yamaha Jet Pod Pro made its appearance on the market. This unique scooter is compact and relatively light (3.8 kg). With a depth rating of 40 meters it can be taken on SCUBA, but just as easily used in the pool by the kids. When not in use, the handles easily fold into the unit.

 

Sublue Navbow

Together with the Sublue Navbow. these scooters are most suited to take on a SCUBA dive as they are have a decent speed, battery life and are depth rated to 40 meters.

The Sublue Navbow is a powerful underwater scooter with 3 gears and a top speed of 7.2 km/h. Yet this scooter can be operated with 1 hand - no need to hold down both buttons. This unit has the option to add an underwater photography platform, but also comes with an action camera connection point for your GoPro, OSMO and comparable cameras.

This 3.4 kg machine comes in two colours: black and green or black and red.

 

 

SCUBA divers

All units mention in the snorkelling section can be taken on SCUBA as well. Just keep in mind that when you take the sea scooters on a SCUBA dive, the units have to be neutrally or slightly negatively bouyant. You really do not want to be diving and having your seascooter floating on the surface. 

The Yamaha Jet Pod Pro - compact with foldable handles.TheYamaha Jet Pod Pro

The Yamaha RDS and PDS series, and the Sublue Navbow all have the option to add weights to the units. The PDS series and the Navbow come with small weights that slot into their holders. For the Sublue Whiteshark MixPro you can easily remove the float attached to the top of the unit.

The Sublue Navbow is a great, fast dual engine scooter. Comes in black and red or black and greenThe Sublue Navbow is a great, fast dual engine scooter. Comes in black and red or black and green

 

The person who has (almost) everything!

Top of the range and a whole heap of fun are the iAqua Sea Scooters and the Cayago Seabob. These units are the Gods of Scooters: shiny and fast, they offer an absolute thrill when in the water. Everybody who is nearby while you take one of these babies out just wants to find out what they are. You feel like an utter superhero!

There are four models available for the iAqua: SeaDart Fun, SeaDart Max, Seadart Max+ and SeaDart Pro. The main difference between those units is the price, speed and running times.

The iAqua SeaDart Pro is the fastest scooter in our range and has a top speed of 25 km/h; it takes a bit to keep holding on! This scooter will make you feel like a dolphin; duck diving, manoeuvring and breaching is effortless.  Fortunately, we also sell a beach trolley for these scooters as they weigh much more than our smaller other units.

Hold on - here comes the iAqua! The fastest scooter available at Underwater AustralasiaHold on - here comes the iAqua! The fastest scooter available at Underwater Australasia

The Cayago Seabobs are magnificent. Stunning machines, made in Germany. The manufacturer calls them ‘Luxury Sea Toys’. 

At the moment there are three models available: F5, F5 S and the F5 SR. Again, the price indicates the speed and and running times. 

The F5 SR has 7 different speed levels and runs at a top speed of 22 km/h on top of the water. It also has two built-in HD cameras and a TFT colour display showing you speed, gear, depth and water temperature and remaining battery life.

The Yamaha PDS500Li is a robust and fast scooter

Both the iAqua range and the Seabobs come in a range of colours, but don’t come cheap! A great idea for someone who has (nearly) everything. Unlike jet skis, these scooters are not difficult to use and no license is needed to drive them.

Flying with your scooters

The underwater scooters range we carry at Underwater Australasia a great fun in the water, but they can’t fly. Unless… you take them on the plane!

The International Aviation Transport Association (IATA) regulations stipulate that Lithium-ion batteries should be separated from the scooter/device where possible and not be transported in your checked-in luggage, ie they have to be in your carry-on luggage. It is recommended that the contacts are isolated and they need to be declared. The Wh should not exceed 160 Wh in any case to be allowed on-board.

If the capacity of the battery is less than 100 Wh and cannot be separated from the device - as is the case for the Geneinno S2 for example - you will need to bring the scooter as carry-on luggage and make sure the on/off switch cannot accidentally be switched to ‘ON’.

The devices with lead-acid batteries will need to have the batteries disconnected or removed and the on/off switch protected from accidentally switching to ‘ON’.

If you are taking spare batteries, you are limited to the total number of batteries allowed; make sure to check this as well.

It is the responsibility of all airline passengers to ensure that they comply with the airline requirements and in the end they have the last say. We strongly recommend you check with the airline you are going to fly with well before you are on your way to the airport and definitly before you pack!

 

Scooter Name

Weight (kg)

Speed (km/h)

Run Time (mins)

Battery

Recommended

Depth Rating (m)

Speed Settings

Yamaha Seal

5.4

3.2

90

Lead Acid

Kids

5

1

Yamaha Explorer

5.8

4

90

Lead Acid

Kids

10

1

Geneinno S2

2.7

4.3

60

Li-ion

(97Wh)

Kids/Teens

30

2

Yamaha RDS250

8.4

4

120

Lead Acid

Adults

30

2

Yamaha RDS280

8.2

4.5

90

Lead Acid

Adults

30

2

Yamaha RDS300

8.4

4.8

90

Lead Acid

Adults

30

2

Yamaha PDS220

8.6

5

60

Li-ion

(88 Wh)

Adults/SCUBA

30

2

Yamaha PDS350

8.6

6

75

Li-ion

(176 Wh)

Adults/SCUBA

40

3

Yamaha PDS500

9.5

7

90

Li-ion

(264 Wh)

Adults/SCUBA

40

3

Yamaha 

Jet Pod Pro

3.8

8.5

65

Li-ion

(148 Wh)

Adults

40

3

Sublue Navbow

3.4

7.2

75

Li-ion

 (158 Wh)

Adults

40

3

Sublue MixPro

3.5

6.4

60

Li-ion

 (122 Wh)

Kids/Teens/Adults

40

2

Sublue Tini

3

5

45

Li-ion

(98 Wh)

Kids/Teens/Adults

40

2

LeFeet

2.3

6

60

Li-ion

(98 Wh)

Adults

40

3

 

 

* Speed and Run Times mentioned in this article are taken from the manufacturers specs. The Run Times would be at the lowest possible speed

** Underwater Australasia is a registered NDIS supplier of Assistive Technology.

 

We would like to point out that we are aware there are other water jets and underwater scooter models available. Many we have tried for ourselves and just do not live up to the standards we expect from our scooters.