Things seem to get smaller and smaller with every passing year.

Take water-jet propulsion systems, for instance. San Diego, California-based start-up company Bixpy LLC recently introduced the Bixpy Swim Jet, a portable, handheld water-jet propulsion system.

The Bixpy Swim Jet weighs 5 pounds (2.3 kilograms), and generates enough thrust to pull a snorkeler or diver at 1.8 miles/2.9 kilometers per hour. The “travel” battery allows about an hour and 15 minutes’ worth of cruise time, and the “high capacity” battery lasts for about two hours. It has a depth rating of 100 feet/30 meters.

Company founder and CEO Houman Nikmanesh says:

“We’ve worked incredibly hard to bring The Bixpy Jet to life and we’re excited to give water sports enthusiasts new ways to enjoy their favorite activity on the water so they can explore new places and find new adventures.”

The Bixpy Jet sports lithium-ion battery packs. Additionally, the motors and all of the accessories are saltwater resistant for use in any body of water.

Bixpy Swim Jet
Bixpy Swim Jet prototype (the final model doesn’t include the LED light)

Funded via IndieGoGo last year, the company surpassed its initial US$40,000 (37,805 Euro) goal by 110 percent in less than 24 hours. By the end of its 40-day campaign, the Bixby Jet was funded at 398 percent with the support of 235 backers from all over the world.

Bixpy expects to ship out its orders in early May of 2017. The company is accepting pre-orders through its website and offering special payment plans. The Bixpy Swim Jet will retail for US$725.00 (685 Euros).

For more info about the Bixpy Swim Jet, check out the video below or go to the company’s website at bixpy.com.

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John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Hi,
    You was asked many times about the batteries and never answer how long they can be in use.
    The machine look great but to make us buy one…either tell us something about batteries either we wait untill we see one.
    Thanks.

  2. I put the rudder mounted bixpy jet on my hobie rev 11. I took a fishing class and found the distances to get far enough out where the fish are to be a little challenging at my age, especially going against the current or wind.

    The rudder mount fits perfectly, basically replacing the Hobie rudder wiht a stubby rudder and quick release system for mounting/removing the bixby jet unit itself. After adjusting the tightening screw a bit on the twist and stow rudder, it retracts and deploys nicely. The newly designed outboard battery is fairly light and fits under my vantage seat with one short extension cable. The jet has 3 speeds and reverse. I have not yet taken the kayak out yet, but I also bought the swim jet battery that attaches to the same jet unit, and I took that out in the ocean snorkeling.

    The swim jet configuration has 3 speeds and is powerful on high speed. You need to hold on with two hands if you run on high speed very long. I got the bigger swim jet battery. I had a problem with the swim battery itself and Bixpy was extremely prompt and replaced the swim battery immediately at no cost to me, no shipping cost either.

    The price of this system is low enough compared with the Hobie system, that you can buy an extra battery for the kayak and come out about even. One thing for sure, the bixpy system is much more flexible and versatile than what Hobie offers.

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