Swimming unconfined by a cumbersome breathing apparatus is a dream only acted out in science fiction. Most vacationers don’t bring their scuba gear with them every time they go swimming. The Scorkl, however, provides the convenience of scuba without the confinement.
We’ve all been waiting for that breathing apparatus that extracts oxygen from the water as instantly as we breathe. The thought of Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon in Episode 1 comes to mind. Unfortunately, that technology continues to allude us. However, Scorkl presents a simple solution with a reasonable price.
The developers created Scorkl as a simple pressure cylinder and regulator that conforms to the conventional scuba setup. However, it offers supreme functionality for the trade-off of only 10 minutes of breathable air.
The system works pretty simply. After filling the tank with air under compression, you connect the mouthpiece and go swimming. From that point, it functions like scuba gear. The Scorkl includes a pressure gage so that you keep track of the remaining oxygen.
The Scorkl also offers a unique, specially designed, high-pressure hand pump. The developers wanted to make Scorkl convenient and the four-staged hand pump offers the ability to refill the tank without needing a pre-filled scuba tank. Additionally, if you don’t want to pump air into the tank, you can fill it up directly from a scuba tank using the provided adapter.
I’ve always found the scuba training process as a daunting endeavor. I am far from an experienced swimmer, but the technology behind diving has always fascinated me. The Scorkl opens the door for more inexperienced swimmers. However, everyone should still take the necessary precautions when swimming with a breathing apparatus.
Scorkl recently achieved their funding on IndieGoGo reaching over 1 million dollars. The starter packdoesn’t offer a lot, unfortunately. It costs about $300 for the tank and adapter. If you want the pump, you’ll have to fork out an additional $300. Overall, it’s still cheaper than scuba diving. Let us know what you think of the Scorkl in the comments below. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with our daily articles!