The Top 4 Costco Underwater Scooters

​Admit it: you’ve always wanted to have your very own underwater scooter, also known as a diver propulsion vehicle, or DP, ever since you saw James Bond use one in Thunderball.

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Underwater scooters let you cover more ground underwater without tiring you out. Because you aren’t as tired, and because you haven’t used as much of your available oxygen, you can get more adventurous by exploring even more remote dive sites and shipwrecks.


With better battery life and more powerful motors now available, it’s entirely possible to have an underwater scooter that’s leagues better than Bond’s.

Admit it: you’ve always wanted to have your very own underwater scooter, also known as a diver propulsion vehicle, or DP, ever since you saw James Bond use one in Thunderball. Underwater scooters let you cover more ground underwater without tiring you out. Because you aren’t as tired, and because you haven’t used as much of your available oxygen, you can get more adventurous by exploring even more remote dive sites and shipwrecks.
With better battery life and more powerful motors now available, it’s entirely possible to have an underwater scooter that’s leagues better than Bond’s.

​Here’s a look at our picks for the best of the bunch

Here’s a look at our picks for the best of the bunch:

​TUSA SAV-7 EVO-2 DPV Scooter

TUSA SAV-7 EVO-2 DPV Scooter

With a range of up to 120 minutes (2 hours!) and 4.5 miles, the TUSA SAV-7 EVO-2 DPV scooter is easily one of, if not, the best underwater scooter in the market.

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    Two hours of battery life – double that of most DPVs
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    Three angle and pitch positions for the propeller
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    Gets you an infinite level of propulsion control
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    LED battery indicator lets you know how much juice you have left
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    Pull more people with saddle wings without any loss of range or speed

If you’re serious about getting around in the water, this DPV is for you. With a three-speed prop and a top speed of 2.6 mph (4.2kph), the SAV-7 EVO-2 gets you there quick. While it is depth rated to 230’/70m, TUSA tests these scooters up to 300’.

That’s far deeper than any other scooter on this list. What’s more, with the included saddle, it’s now possible to pull two more divers with you without any loss of range or mobility.

With a range of up to 120 minutes (2 hours!) and 4.5 miles, the TUSA SAV-7 EVO-2 DPV scooter is easily one of, if not, the best underwater scooter in the market. If you’re serious about getting around in the water, this DPV is for you. With a three-speed prop and a top speed of 2.6 mph (4.2kph), the SAV-7 EVO-2 gets you there quick. While it is depth rated to 230’/70m, TUSA tests these scooters up to 300’. That’s far deeper than any other scooter on this list. What’s more, with the included saddle, it’s now possible to pull two more divers with you without any loss of range or mobility.
Two hours of battery life – double that of most DPVs
Three angle and pitch positions for the propeller
Gets you an infinite level of propulsion control
Pull more people with saddle wings without any loss of range or speed
LED battery indicator lets you know how much juice you have left

​Sea Doo-SD15002-RS2 Underwater Sea Scooter

Sea Doo-SD15002-RS2 Underwater Sea Scooter

Sea Doo SD15002 RS2 Underwater Sea Scooter
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​This speedy beauty has a run time of 75 minutes, a top speed of 6kph and has a depth rating of 40m/130 feet.

By far, this is the fastest recreational lightweight DPV for snorkeling. Lithium-ion batteries ensure consistent operation times. The batteries are detachable and externally rechargeable.

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    Overnight recharging of up to 5 to 6 hours
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    With proper care, can be used for tooling around on a boat
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    Great for learning new dive sites or zipping around wrecks
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    Prominent LED lights show battery charge levels at all times

The hull is self-filling, allowing it to maintain neutral buoyancy. This is smaller and lighter than the VS, but a whole lot of fun.

This speedy beauty has a run time of 75 minutes, a top speed of 6kph and has a depth rating of 40m/130 feet. By far, this is the fastest recreational lightweight DPV for snorkeling. Lithium-ion batteries ensure consistent operation times. The batteries are detachable and externally rechargeable. The hull is self-filling, allowing it to maintain neutral buoyancy. This is smaller and lighter than the VS, but a whole lot of fun.
Overnight recharging of up to 5 to 6 hours
With proper care, can be used for tooling around on a boat
Some tinkering may be necessary to get optimal performance
Great for learning new dive sites or zipping around wrecks
Prominent LED lights show battery charge levels at all times

​Sea-Doo SD6545X VS Supercharged Sea Scooter

Sea-Doo SD6545X VS Supercharged Sea Scooter

This “supercharged” DPV has a maximum speed of 3mph, a maximum depth of 100 feet, and a run time of 90 minutes.

Sea-Doo is proud of its reinforced nose cone, which protects the body in harsh environments and from rough handling by other humans.

The VS carries two levels of thrust and has adjustable buoyancy control settings.

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    Need to pull out battery to recharge
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    Struggles with heavier weights
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    Fun to use in a swimming pool
This “supercharged” DPV has a maximum speed of 3mph, a maximum depth of 100 feet, and a run time of 90 minutes. Sea-Doo is proud of its reinforced nose cone, which protects the body in harsh environments and from rough handling by other humans. The VS carries two levels of thrust and has adjustable buoyancy control settings.
Need to pull out battery to recharge
Struggles with heavier weights
Fun to use in a swimming pool
Six-month warranty


​Sea Doo Dolphin Sea Scooter

Sea Doo Dolphin Sea Scooter

​While it does say it’s a sea scooter, and is named after a dolphin, the Sea Doo Dolphin Sea Scooter is best suited for pool or lake propulsion for children aged 8 and up.

That may be because it putters about at 2mph and has a maximum depth rating of 15.5 feet. The Dolphin Sea Scooter runs for around 90 minutes and has waterproof circuitry.

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    Floating chassis
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    Automatic shut-off focus on safety
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    Weighs only 12 pounds
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    Proprietary battery included
While it does say it’s a sea scooter, and is named after a dolphin, the Sea Doo Dolphin Sea Scooter is best suited for pool or lake propulsion for children aged 8 and up. That may be because it putters about at 2mph and has a maximum depth rating of 15.5 feet. The Dolphin Sea Scooter runs for around 90 minutes and has waterproof circuitry.
Floating chassis
Automatic shut-off focus on safety
Weighs only 12 pounds
Proprietary battery included



​FAQ

​I’ve heard these things can be a bit fragile. How long do these underwater scooters last?


As with anything, your mileage may vary. The main killer for underwater scooters is having an open battery compartment, which shortens operating life to mere seconds. However, with proper maintenance and understanding where the DPV’s fragile points are, these scooters can last several years.




Is there anything I should be especially aware of when using a DPV?


A DPV moves you faster through the water, which makes monitoring your depth even more critical. With monsters like the TUSA EVO-2 scooter able to take you to depths of up to 300’ (that’s as tall as a 30-storey building!), you’ll need to mind your exit points – it’s already way too easy to lose spatial orientation without a DPV.




How about power issues?


Most DPVs have a maximum operating range of 60 minutes. That’s not much; if you run past that time you’re lugging around as much as 20 extra pounds of dead weight. Because battery length decreases with each recharge (even if you use a lithium-ion battery), it is always better to plan your dive to end way before you use up all your juice.




Can I use a DPV to scare sharks?


There is a lack of scientific material to support anecdotes of DPV users noting far fewer shark sightings, but the stories do exist. The leading theory is that the electric field generated by the DPV engine is unappetizing for sharks.


I’ve heard these things can be a bit fragile. How long do these underwater scooters last?
As with anything, your mileage may vary. The main killer for underwater scooters is having an open battery compartment, which shortens operating life to mere seconds. However, with proper maintenance and understanding where the DPV’s fragile points are, these scooters can last several years.


Is there anything I should be especially aware of when using a DPV?
A DPV moves you faster through the water, which makes monitoring your depth even more critical. With monsters like the TUSA EVO-2 scooter able to take you to depths of up to 300’ (that’s as tall as a 30-storey building!), you’ll need to mind your exit points – it’s already way too easy to lose spatial orientation without a DPV.

How about power issues?
Most DPVs have a maximum operating range of 60 minutes. That’s not much; if you run past that time you’re lugging around as much as 20 extra pounds of dead weight. Because battery length decreases with each recharge (even if you use a lithium-ion battery), it is always better to plan your dive to end way before you use up all your juice.


Can I use a DPV to scare sharks?
There is a lack of scientific material to support anecdotes of DPV users noting far fewer shark sightings, but the stories do exist. The leading theory is that the electric field generated by the DPV engine is unappetizing for sharks.


​Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

DPVs are the next step in a diver’s growth, but can prove to be quite costly. Remember that your mileage may vary on reliability and build quality of the scooter.

It’s important to be familiar with the skills needed to properly pilot a DPV – experience gained from taking courses on using DPVs from dive shops can help you extend the useable life of your DPV, and help you come to an informed decision on which DPV to choose.

DPVs are the next step in a diver’s growth, but can prove to be quite costly. Remember that your mileage may vary on reliability and build quality of the scooter. It’s important to be familiar with the skills needed to properly pilot a DPV – experience gained from taking courses on using DPVs from dive shops can help you extend the useable life of your DPV, and help you come to an informed decision on which DPV to choose.