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The Scorkl lasts 10 minutes underwater | Courtesy Scorkl/YouTube
The Scorkl lasts 10 minutes underwater | Courtesy Scorkl/YouTube
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This Mini-Scuba Device Makes Diving Available to Everyone

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Tech Editor
Updated: 23 June 2017
If you love scuba diving but dislike the hassle of the huge, expensive equipment, a new Kickstarter project may take you underwater on your next vacation.

Scorkl, is a hand pumped mini-scuba device that allows you to dive underwater for 10 minutes. The product, seen in the video below, is currently raising funds on Kickstarter and has proved extremely popular – smashing through its $22,000 goal to secure $540,000, a figure that’s still rising.

The Scorkl, which was made by an Australian inventor, is simple to use. It’s roughly the size of a water bottle, and can be refilled with air with either a scuba tank, or a hand-operated pump. It’s lightweight and easy to use, so you don’t need a scuba license to go underwater with it.

You can preorder the Scorkl with the pump and adapter for around £320 ($406) on Kickstarter now.

The thought of anyone grabbing mini-scuba gear and diving into the ocean does raise safety concerns, and the company does say untrained divers should be cautious when using it. Novice divers shouldn’t go below 9.8 feet in depth or use it more than five times per day. The Scorkl is designed for shallow diving, so although it can technically go to depths of 65 feet, it’s not recommended even experienced divers take it below 32 feet.

Check out a video of the Scorkl in action below.