Lightweight Scuba System Goes From Tactical to Practical
RAPID DIVER™ is a lightweight, all-inclusive scuba system that mates a tank, regulator and buoyancy module to a uniform-fit, load-bearing harness. It was created in response to public safety and military needs for a universal fit, compact, versatile and easily deployed scuba system.
Mission requirements called for a system that is universal fit, could be stored in a small space, donned and activated quickly, and worn in situations such as helicopter and boat operations in which conventional scuba gear would prove too cumbersome and restrictive. Comfort was also of great importance, as some operations would require the user to wear the gear for extended periods of time while engaged in complex, task-loaded missions. With an overall weight of just 25 pounds, the Rapid Diver stores in a compact hand-carried pouch, and readies for use in less than a minute. It provides sufficient air duration for the average dive a 20 to 25 minutes at moderate depths. The Rapid Diver can go from duffel to dive in 15 seconds.
Though designed for professional use, many of the Rapid Diver's performance characteristics make it equally suited to a range of civilian applications. It is the preferred system for shore diving, due to its user-friendly design, universal fit capability and ease of transporting and storage. Persons who are unable to wear heavy conventional scuba gear, or who simply feel uncomfortable with the associated bulk and weight, appreciate the light overall weight and wearer comfort of Rapid Diver. In addition to a low overall weight, the Rapid Diver features a unique load-bearing harness that distributes the weight of the tank evenly over the diver's torso, making it well suited for difficult shore entries and is also beneficial for long walks to the water or water entry from ladders or small boats. Rapid Diver's small size allows it to be stowed aboard a boat, where it can be deployed for underwater boat maintenance, anchor checks, and fast response to emergencies such as a fouled prop or suspected hull damage.
Also unique to the Rapid Diver system is the ability to configure the rig for a wide variety of mission profiles. In it's simplest form, the Rapid Diver can be configured to become a PFD by removing the tank and life support system, beneficial in most boat operations (Tactical Swimmers Vest TSV). For extended dive profiles, the Rapid Diver can be configured with standard sized tanks (80 cu ft) mounted on the innovative back pad. If mission requirements call for an even longer diving profile, the Rapid Diver can be used in conjunction with surface supplied air or in a traditional side mount configuration. Other custom-configurable gas management options allow the user to configure the rig with a redundant air supply, and to use full-face scuba masks in conjunction with a gas switching block. To extend duration and stealth, a rebreather
module which clips onto the existing Rapid Diver Tactical is in the works and will be made available for military applications.
Rapid Diver is a premium product and was created by dive equipment developer and long time diver, Christopher De Felice. The Rapid Diver is manufactured in the United States, constructed using materials selected for extreme durability and wear resistance.
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