Breathe underwater with total freedom! This SCORKL looks like it could be fun… that is if their claims of meeting scuba industry standards is true and correct. The Scorkl, with about 12 minutes of pumping, claims to provide up to 10 minutes of air-time, and can be used within a maximum of 66 feet (3 BAR/ATM = 20 meters or 66 feet). For those that choose to purchase Scorkl — PLEASE read and heed their safety warnings about the proper use of this device, quality of air, potential dangers, and their very strong recommendation that non-scuba trained users should not use the Scorkl below 3 meters depth (9.8 feet).
Estimate your diving weight at DiveBuddy:
Taken from the PADI manual.
|Exposure Suit Type||Start With (Salt Water)|
|Swimsuit/dive skin||1 – 4 lbs|
|3 mm/1/16 in. one piece wetsuit, shorties, jumpsuit||5% of your body weight|
|5 mm/3/16 in. two piece wetsuit||10% of your body weight|
|7 mm/1/4 in. wetsuit w/hood & gloves||10% of your body weight, + 3 – 5 lbs|
|Neoprene drysuit||10% of your body weight, + 7 – 10 lbs|
|Shell drysuit, light undergarment||10% of your body weight, + 3 – 5 lbs|
|Shell drysuit, heavy undergarment||10% of your body weight, + 7-14 lbs|
A new crystal could let divers breathe underwater… but not just yet. We verified this rumor at Snopes.com for our readers.
In fact, researchers at the University of Southern Denmark have developed a crystalline material that absorbs high concentrations of oxygen like a sponge (dubbed the “Aquaman Crystal”). A small bucket of the material can pull all of the oxygen from a room, and the crystals are capable of extracting oxygen from water as well. The oxygen is then stored for later use.
As reported by scubadiving.com: “This could be valuable for lung patients who today must carry heavy oxygen tanks with them,” said professor Christine McKenzie of the University of Southern Denmark, in a statement. “But also divers may one day be able to leave the oxygen tanks at home and instead get oxygen from this material as it “filters” and concentrates oxygen from surrounding air or water.
From all articles we’ve read to date, turning these crystals into an underwater-breathing apparatus for divers will be no small feat, but stay tuned.
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