The summer is here and everyone is thinking about those days off that have been planned since the beginning of the year. Since we are talking about the hot season, everyone is surely thinking about the beach. Watersports and beaches represent the summer and there is so much to do and very little time. One interesting thing that many might have not discovered yet are sea scooters.
Sea scooters are also known as water scooters or aqua scooters. These small yet cool gadgets have a very simple purpose and can be used by both kids and adults. A regular sea scooter uses a very simple mechanism to work. It is an electric powered propeller with a built-in rechargeable battery cell and a small motor that uses rotational motion to convert it into thrust. A blade mounted at the rear of the scooter moves in a circular motion to push water and if it is powerful enough it will also pull the person holding it.
These gadgets can be expensive and even if they are safe enough to be used by kids, not that many parents are willing to spend that much money for a new toy for their child. In most cases, these devices are used by people that are passionate about diving and want a fun and easy way to enjoy their hobby. There are a wide range of different sea scooters that vary a lot in terms of pricing. Their power can also vary a lot.
Best Sea Scooters in 2017
In order to get the best deal we managed to select a handful of sea scooters that are actually worth spending money on. With these things said, here are the top 10 best sea scooters in 2017.
Table of Contents
- 10. Suex XJOY37 Scooter
- 9. Dive Xtras CUDA 650 Package
- 8. TUSA SAV-7 EVO-2 Underwater Diver Propulsion Vehicle
- 7. SCUSA Underwater Personal Sea Scooter and Diver
- 6. Sea Doo-SD15002-RS2 Underwater Seascooter
- 5. Sea Doo-SD15001-RS1 Underwater SeaScooter
- 4. Sea Doo-SD15003-RS3 Underwater Seascooter
- 3. Sea Doo GTI Sea Scooter
- 2. Sea Doo Pro Sea Scooter
- 1. Sea Doo Aqua Ranger Sea Scooter
10. Suex XJOY37 Scooter
The XJOY37 sea scooter from Suex is a commercial grade model. While it was not designed for regular consumers, it is a very decent pick for the ones that are willing to spend the money. The scooter is quite powerful with a max speed of 200 feet per minute and a max range of 5.1 miles depending on the drag. The battery pack that comes with the scooter charges in about 8 hours while the overall build quality makes it a rather enduring and sturdy machine.
- Very powerful
- Good range on a full charge
- Commercial grade durability and quality
- Very expensive
The model itself is much more expensive than what some would expect. Very few people are willing to spend this much money for just a simple hobby. The ones that can afford it surely take diving seriously but there are models that are ten time cheaper and should be enough for the average individual.
9. Dive Xtras CUDA 650 Package
Dive Xtras CUDA 650 package is yet another commercial grade sea scooter that offers excellent performance. It comes with a hefty price tag which makes it a model that is exclusive to the ones that have a significant budget. The model has a maximum speed of 248 feet per minute and a range of 5.8 miles. Depth rating is 600 feet and the speed can be adjusted. Charging the scooter will take at least 6 hours. An interesting fact is that the manufacturers offer the scooter in two different colors to choose from.
- High maximum speed (248 ft/min)
- Good range and high efficiency brushless motor
- 5.8 miles range on a full battery charge
- Price makes it unreachable for many
Even if the Dive Xtras CUDA is more affordable than the Suex, it is still expensive for the average person. Such diving scooters are usually purchased for commercial applications or for research. Very few people use them for a hobby. Still, it is worth keeping in the list since there are not that many options to choose from.
8. TUSA SAV-7 EVO-2 Underwater Diver Propulsion Vehicle
TUSA SAV-7 EVO-2 is one of the professional scooters that can be used for a wide range of applications. While still being on the expensive side, the scooter can be used also by casual divers. It offers decent performance with a range of about 4.5 miles and a maximum speed of 228 feet per minute or 2.6 miles per hour. The model uses a high efficiency electric motor and a premium rechargeable battery pack. As with most processional grade dive scooters, the model has an adjustable speed and has a depth tolerance which in this case is 230 feet.
- High max speed (228 feet per minute)
- Max range of 4.5 miles
- Maximum tolerated depth of 230 feet
- Quite expensive
Even if the TUSA SAV-7 EVO-2 is the cheapest model so far in our list, it is still quite expensive. The models on the top spots are much more affordable and offer comparable performance. However, this is a professional grade model that is used mostly for anything else other than diving as a hobby. It is still a good pick for the ones that can afford it.
7. SCUSA Underwater Personal Sea Scooter and Diver
SCUSA Underwater personal sea scooter and diver is the first, truly affordable model that made it into our list. It is a simple device that offers rather decent performance. The model has a maximum speed of 320 feet per minute and a range of about one hour of a full battery charge. The built-in battery pack is estimated to be good for 500 cycles and it comes with the required charging adapter. Compared to the professional models, it is much more compact and easier to work with.
- Max range of one hour at maximum speed
- Max speed of 320 feet per minute
- Plastic enclosure makes it seem flimsy and cheap
The fact that the sea scooter is fairly affordable is a major plus. It has been a popular pick for many diving enthusiasts. If there is one thing that could have been better is the overall construction of the model. It feel a bit cheap due to the quality of the plastic used as enclosure. It is still durable and works as designed but it does not feel very sturdy.
6. Sea Doo-SD15002-RS2 Underwater Seascooter
Sea Doo SD15002-RS2 underwater scooter is a great pick for the ones that are looking for an efficient and compact model. It is reasonably priced and offers respectable performance. The model has a maximum speed of 3.7 miles per hour and a run time of about 75 minutes that can vary depending on the speed of the scooter. According to the manufacturers the model has a depth rating of 130 feet and has 3 running speeds. Charging the scooter is not very fast but this is to be expected due to the large battery cell used to power the machine.
- Run time of approximately 75 minutes
- Maximum speed of 3.7 miles per hour
- Reasonably priced
- Quality can be questionable
There have been some reports that the quality of the plastic is debatable. It seems that the plastic is not very durable. The scooter might not be sturdy enough to handle any kind of impacts and it is important to handle it with care and not pull unreasonably hard from the knobs and parts that are removable.
5. Sea Doo-SD15001-RS1 Underwater SeaScooter
The Sea Doo SD15001-RS1 is one of the older models from the manufacturers. It is comparable to the RS2 model but with more power and better performance. The maximum speed has been increased to 4.35 miles per hour and the run time can go as up to 90 minutes on a full charge. Powering the unit we have a 500 watt electric engine and a matching battery pack. As with the other models it has 3 gears and it is very easy to handle.
- Max speed of 4.35 miles per hour
- Run time of 90 minutes on a full charge
- Powerful 500 watt motor
- Quality control issues
There has been a number of models that were declared dead on arrival. Users received a scooter that did not work at all. While the number of such reports is not that large it still raises some question as to how the quality control checks are being performed by the manufacturer. Sadly, there are not many alternatives since Sea Doo is the biggest manufacturer of budget friendly sea scooters.
4. Sea Doo-SD15003-RS3 Underwater Seascooter
Sea Doo SD15003-RS3 is one of the more affordable model in our list. It has a compact form factor and rather good performance based on the specifications provided by the manufacturer. The scooter reaches a max speed of 3.1 miles per hour and a run time of 60 minutes. The electric motor used is a bit smaller but it is still powerful enough as 220 watts should be capable to pull an adult when submerged. Last but not least, the model has only two speed settings.
- Max run rage of 60 minutes
- Max speed limited to 3.1 miles per hour
- Two speed settings
- Problems with batteries
According to the manufacturers, if the unit sits uncharged for more than six months, the battery will die. Some users received units that were not charging properly and had to request the manufacturer to replace the cell. This is a known issue that is handled by the manufacturer and it is fairly easy to fix.
3. Sea Doo GTI Sea Scooter
The ones that are struggling with a limited budget might want to check the Sea Doo GRI sea scooter. It is a compact unit that is being offered for a decent price tag and offers rather decent performance. The small electric motor used is powerful enough to reach a max speed of 2.5 miles per hour and reaches a run time of 2 hours per charge. Maximum tolerated depth is 100 feet as anything below that can end up damaging the unit.
- Max run time of 2 hours on a full charge
- Run time of 2 hours
- Low price tag
- Not long lasting
It is difficult to have high expectations from a scooter that is this affordable when most other models are significantly more expensive. What most users should expect is to have to replace parts on their own once the warranty expires. It will break down but the good news is that parts can be ordered from the manufacturer and they can be replaced without much difficulties.
2. Sea Doo Pro Sea Scooter
Sea Doo Pro sea scooter is a great pick for the ones on a budget. It is a cheap and well-made machine that is perfectly suited for beginners. The scooter uses a small motor that is still powerfull enough to pull with a maximum speed of 2 miles per hour. A full charge provides a run time of about one hour and charges fairly fast. The model supports a maximum depth of 65 feet and comes with a 6-month warranty.
- Very compact and inexpensive
- Reasonable max speed of 2 miles per hour
- 1 hour runtime per charge
- Feels a bit cheap and not too sturdy
The scooter itself runs very well and there is very little to complain about it. It is a basic model without adjustable speeds and the motor is not very powerful but for the price it is difficult to find something better. One important thing that can be improved is the build quality. There are a lot of plastic parts and they do not feel sturdy enough.
1. Sea Doo Aqua Ranger Sea Scooter
Sea Doo Aqua Ranger seas scooter is one of the best deals available on the market. This simple model uses a small motor that manages to provide decent performance. It can pull with 2.5 miles per hour and offers a run range of approximately 1.5 hours per charge. The construction of the model is decent but it only supports a maximum depth of 30 feet which is not a lot. It is a great pick for shallow scuba diving and especially, it is a great pick for beginners.
- Low price tag
- 2.5 miles per hour max speed
- Run range of 1.5 hours per charge
- Takes a long time to charge
These devices use large battery cells to power them. Depending on the cell type used and the circuit inside, charging times can vary from one model to another. For the Aqua Ranger sea scooter, charging times are quite long despite having a range of just 1.5 hours and a small energy efficient electric motor.
Picking The Right Sea Scooter
There are not that many models of scooters to choose from. Diversity is scarce and this can be problematic when looking for such a gadget for diving. The differences between them are significant but so is the pricing. They can range from a few hundreds of dollars and all the way to thousands. For the average user, spending thousands of dollars on a seas scooter does not make much sense. A cheap one should be good enough if it is not going to be used on a daily basis all year round. For professionals and commercial use, a more expensive model needs to be taken into account since they have better durability and performance.
For our list we were able to pick models from all categories but there are not many other models left out. It is visible that there are only a handful of manufacturers that make such devices.