If you’re stuck in an area of the country that’s currently having a harsh winter, then you’re probably dreaming about summer and a tropical getaway in a much warmer climate. You’d probably trade in your snow boots and snow shovel for swim shorts and some snorkeling gear, right? Well, to help you get through those cold winter days, here’s a list of cool water toys that you can use when you’re finally at that tropical paradise location (or at least help may your daydreams a bit more vivid)!
It’s one thing to swim with the dolphins (or sharks) it’s another to do the same and look like it. The Seabreacher is a two seater submersible that is capable of achieving unimaginable speeds on and below water, and if so required, can jump out of the water much like a Great White. Want one? You’ll need to drop, from what we hear, $100,000.
10. Powerbreather Snorkel
This interesting snorkel looks as if it might be something from a Star Wars flick, but its simple design is supposed to help swimmers inhale and exhale without being scared that water will enter their longs. That’s accomplished via its proprietary placed valve system. The snorkel is placed on the head and won’t come off when you dip below the water’s surface and isn’t supposed to move while you’re looking at the fishes.
9. Power Snorkel
For $2,500, the Power Snorkel is for serious underwater enthusiasts (you won’t see this thing at any vacation rental spot). It floats on water and lets you breather under water for up to 70 minutes without having to carry heavy ass Scuba gear on your back on your dive adventures (or need extensive training on how to use that gear). It channels air via a tube to the diver’s mouth, while a battery powers the flow of compressed air to you. It’s about the size of a blow up dingy, with one diver able to going up to 12 meters (40 feet).
The Jetovator will have you swimming like a dolphin! With thrusters powered by a PWC, the Jetovator allows you to sit and drive the apparatus, while its 40-foot hose that connects to a high powered personal water craft fires riders “30 feet in the air at 25 mph and dive up to 10 feet below the water, performing wheelies, barrel rolls and back flips along the way.” For $8,975, it’s a great watercraft alternative to a boat.
7. Five Person Exploration Submarine
For those with deep pockets and an interest in adventure, the Five Person Exploration Submarine is just what they need! For $2,700,000, the sub allows five of your closet friends or family members the chance to explore underwater reefs, buried treasure sites and more. It can descend to a depth of 656′ and allows safe underwater exploration in its climate-controlled 3 1/4″-thick acrylic pressure sphere that enables conversation.
The pedal-powered sub is build by French designer Rousson, who says it has a top speed of about 6 mph and is built using a customized gear mechanism and belt drive from a Strida Bike. Think of it as an underwater bike!
5. BladeFish Seajet
The BladeFish Seajet is your own personal, lightweight rechargeable sea scooter that’ll propel you underwater up to 2.2 mph. You can cal my cruise the ocean floor up to 30 meters deep without running out of oxygen as fast. It only weighs 10lbs and provides up to 40 minutes of underwater exploration for about $150.
4. Necker Nymph Submarine Sea Plane
This is like something from a James Bond movie! The Necker Nymph Submarine Sea Plane is Sir Richard Branson’s own 3-person sub that can dive 30 meters below the water’s surface and can travel at speeds of up to 6 knots (it’s part of his own luxury catamaran, Necker Belle). You’ll need to know how to Scuba to take the wheel of the cockpit, with dives lasting for 1 to 2 hours at a time and can be rented out for $2,500 per day.
3. EGO Semi-Submarine
Explore the open waters and it’s under sea life with the EGO Semi-Submarine that’s more of glass-bottom boat that’s been flipped upside down. The top shaped like a catamaran with various points to climb on and dive off of, while the sub part comes when you lift up a trap door in the platform and go down. That’s where a cabin in submersed under water, with a glass looking area allowing you to see what’s under the water’s surface. You can drive it around thanks to its motors underneath the pontoons that are powering it.
2. Triton Oxygen Respirator
This one is purely a concept and isn’t likely to make it to production, but we can still dream, right? The Triton Oxygen Respirator nixes the diving tank with the mask designed to draw air from the water that you’re swimming in. The plastic mouthpiece features gill-like arms on the sides of the the mask and provides you with air. It has small holes in the middle of it where water gets sucked in, which in turn has the inner chambers separate the hydrogen from the oxygen and releases it so that you get breathable air. Too bad it’s not a reality ’cause it’s a pretty cool idea!
1. Easybreath Snorkel Mask
The Easybreath Snorkel Mask will change the way your think of snorkeling, especially for those who’ve tried it before and didn’t like it. It’s specially designed to let your breathe normal through your nose. It keeps your mouth and nose open, while its double airflow system makes sure that the moist air you’re exhaling in the mask is quickly removed. It’s a great mask to have if you’re going on any tropical vacations soon, and a steal for $55!
Kristie Bertucci is an L.A.-based writer, who can't live without her MacBook Pro. When she's not writing, she's either reading or shopping (online, of course) and loves lazy days so she can catch up on her DVR-recorded shows and movies. She's definitely a Mac girl, she loves music and is currently on a mission to to have an insane and enviable iTunes library.