Friday, July 3, 2020

The Sublue WhiteShark: More Zoom, Less Room

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This weekend at the Blue Wild Expo, we got a chance to check out the Sublue WhiteShark—a DPV that boldly claims to be the most compact scooter on the market. With a frame of just under 19” x 10” x 9” (48 x 25 x 23 cm), we’re inclined to believe them! Weighing in at 6.4 lbs (1.58 kg), the unit features dual motors and a detachable hood that when removed, changes the WhiteShark from positively to negatively buoyant.

The body, which looks like a spaceship or futuristic ROV, is available in three color selections—white, aqua, and blue and gold. There’s also a battery usage gauge that will let you know how much of your 30-minute battery capacity you have left for your dive. It takes about 3.5 hours to completely recharge, but replacement batteries are only $150 and are about the size of a large tv remote control, so keeping a spare in your kit is easy. The battery itself resides in a compartment underneath that is designed not to be waterproof, but keeps only the business components safe behind sealed o-rings. This cuts down on the risk of flooding and makes switching in your backup a snap for your second dive.

As little as it is, the WhiteShark doesn’t sacrifice power for size. The scooter will pull even a big human with full scuba gear up to 3.35 miles (5.4 km) per hour to a depth of 130 feet (40 m). The propellers operate at a single speed, controlled by a pair of triggers in the handles. To control your speed, you simply squeeze to power on and release to slow your forward momentum.

There’s even a GoPro mount on the bottom of the frame so you can capture your adventures even sans-hands!

The WhiteShark retails for $699 (541 GBP), and you can get yours at www.sublue.com.

Erin Durbin-Sherer
Erin Durbin-Shererhttps://www.deeperblue.com
Erin began diving in 2012 as preparation for a trip to Hawaii and before the year was out she'd left her old life behind to work in the dive industry full-time. When she's not out exploring the deep and collecting c-cards, you might find her making art or working on her master's thesis in cultural anthropology at San Diego State University. Erin is an Associate Editor with DeeperBlue.com.

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