Christian, you are holding multiple world records in freediving. Please introduce yourself briefly to our readers.
My name is Christian Redl, I am 41 years old and have been scuba diving since I was 10 years old. Meanwhile I have completed more than 1,000 dives. In addition, I have been a freediver for 25 years, and I set several world records within this time. For almost 20 years I am a freediving instructor and act as a professional athlete for 11 years.
You have been very excited about the SCUBAJET right from the start and therefore you were one of our first backers. You saw the potential in our product even when you haven’t seen more than a prototype. What exactly convinced you?
I’m out and about in the underwater world a lot and during my whole career I have seen and tested many scooters. There are four important points, that convinced me:
- The size and weight – it’s easy to transport
- The performance – At full speed the SCUBAJET is really fun to use.
- The price-performance ratio is excellent
- The exchangeable batteries – That’s a huge advantage over most other scooters on the market. If the battery runs low, you can exchange and recharge it. Other scooters need to be recharged as a whole, so you are not able to use them in the meantime.
You have taken your SCUBAJET with you on the Maldives. How were the first few dives? Share your experience with us.
First I want to state something about the transportation, because it’s a very important issue to me. I had my SCUBAJET and two 200 wh travel batteries in my carry-on luggage and traveled with it to Male via Doha – without ANY problems! There is no other scooter, that can be transported that easily without additional costs or big effort. The water jet convinced me in freediving as well as scuba diving. And it certainly got a great deal of attention, for other divers wanted to try it out as soon as they saw it.
You tried out scuba and freediving with SCUBAJET. What are your experiences? Is our concentrated power pack as good as other scooters on the market?
For freediving, all I can say is – GREAT FUN! 🙂 Really! Due to the small size and high velocity, it’s really fun to cruise along reefs. I can dive longer, because the freediving itself is less exhausting.
When it comes to scuba diving, I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical at the beginning. You have to bear a lot more weight and face a stronger hydrodynamic drag with all the additional equipment. But I have been proven wrong right during the first dive. Even in a current, the performance is sufficient. The SCUBAJET is very powerful and can definitely keep up with other products.
For scuba diving I recommend getting the SCUBAJET with the 400 wh battery, so it lasts longer. If you want to travel with your SCUBAJET and therefore need the 200 wh batteries, there’s still an advantage: You can exchange the batteries. Most scooters need to be recharged as a whole, so you can’t use them in the meantime. I took two batteries with me, so when the first one ran low, I recharged it and still was able to use my SCUBAJET with the spare battery.
Where are you taking your SCUBAJET this year? Do you have plans yet?
I will take the SCUBAJET with me on several journeys, it must definitely not be missed anymore. I plan to travel to the Bahamas and dive with sharks, to Sulawesi, the Mediterranean sea, the Maldives, Hawaii and of course our beautiful Austrian lakes.
Is there anything you would wish to improve? What should the successor model be like?
I have tested many scooters and the SCUBAJET is almost perfect. You just need to know in advance, what you want to do with it. But actually, there is one thing you should implement in the successor model: a display for battery charge, with which the diver is able to see how long it will last.
In your opinion, what are the advantages over other dive scooters?
The biggest advantage in my opinion is the easy transportation and that the propulsion is based on impeller technology instead of a propeller.
Which battery type are you going to make use of? The 200 wh or the 400 wh battery?
I prefer the 200 wh battery, but depending on the domain, this may vary – for scuba diving the 400 wh battery may be of better use. On the other hand, I travel a lot, so it’s important for me to be able to take the SCUBAJET with me on my journeys.