for those with a penchant for underwater exploring, taking the plunge to go deep sea diving means either buying or renting a whole lot of expensive equipment. that’s the predicament the ‘scorkl’ sets out to solve, arriving from melbourne to make easy underwater breathing accessible to anyone trained to try it. manufactured to the same specifications and standards as a normal SCUBA cylinder, all you need do is pump up the appealing yellow canister with its specially designed hand pump and the pint-sized device will enable you to breathe underwater for up to ten minutes. scoring one up on the standard snorkel, the ‘scorkl’ lets you disappear beneath the surface of the ocean with no need to surface to take a breath. 


just pump up scorkl using the portable hand pump and you’re ready to go
all images courtesy of david hallamore

 

 

the device uses a mouthpiece just like a regular snorkel, yet replaces the air tube that requires you to constantly be at the surface of the water with a mini, water-bottle like air canister, freeing you up dive wherever you like. the scorkl uses an always-on, breathe-on-demand, balanced single stage regulator, relying on proven technology found in regulators used by SCUBA divers around the world. each scorkl also comes with a pressure gauge which tells you how much air is left at any time. once the mini canister is empty, it can easily be refilled on the go via the portable pump. 


the pint-sized air canister allows for 10 minutes of underwater breathing

 

 

the pump works by filling the scorkl with air at a very high pressure of up to 3,000psi+, which allows for a full ten minutes underwater. each scorkl also comes with a scuba tank refill adapter, meaning that you can refill it from a larger SCUBA air canister instead should you prefer.


each scorkl has a built-in pressure gauge to tell you how much air is left 

 

 

scorkl creator david hallamore explains that his idea was just to create a simpler way for everyone to be able to enjoy exploring under water, without the need for pricey kit. ‘scorkl opens up a whole new world of underwater adventures at a fraction of the cost and hassle of traditional diving equipment’ he explains. ‘I think that it’s a real game changer for anyone who loves the water.’ as tempting as the device may look, it’s certainly one for those with some scuba training under their belt.


the scorkl uses a mouthpiece just like a regular snorkel


the device comes in a with a hand pump, a regulator, and an adapter for filling up from bigger SCUBA cannisters


scorkl aims to open up underwater exploration to everyone


the breathing device uses an always-on, breath-on-demand regulator


the device means that anyone can swim underwater


the scorkl is meant for both professional divers and recreational snorklers


when the mini canister is empty, just pump it up to refill 


the device is manufactured to the same specifications and standards as a normal SCUBA cylinder

  • video is ending on a “sign up for early birds discount”. Where can we do that? As there it’s no web site at this time… Thanks !

    de caluwe says:
  • It seems to bounce around underwater, rendering the diver’s grip on the mouthpiece less than secure. Needs a light harness around the chest, maybe. Also, how long to hand-pump a cylinder to 3,000 psi?

    Mort d'Urban says:
  • Is this device in production yet? I was interested in the pricing and how to obtain?

    Shaw Lane says:
  • Great product, I’m a charter captain / owner,certified diver 38 yrs , on Marthas’
    Vineyard ( beamishcharters.com)
    I , focus on family fun !! And would like to promote this product ,, fun , boat safety equip etc!!!

    Ned Rice says:
  • This is certainly not a toy and I can see people NOT trained as certified open water scuba divers running into trouble. Excellent additional equipment for scuba divers though as it would give an emergency air supply.

    John Petrovich says:
  • this is an exact copy of spare air. go to spareair.com. they have been in business since 1980

    tina says:
  • Almost an exact copy of Spare Air, which is made in US and has been in use for 35 years. Very dangerous without training since users tend to operate at the top of the water column where pressure change percentages are high and air embolism a real risk.

    Steve Johnson says:
  • Bring on the ruptured lungs for people with no scuba training!

    Karl says:
  • There are cheaper and less painful ways to kill yourself.

    Jim says:
  • this is not a new design but a copycat of spare air. they have been in business since 1980. check it out spareair.com

    tina says:
  • Unless you’re requiring purchasers to be certified scuba divers, you’re probably going to end up severely injuring people or possibly even killing them. The first atmosphere underwater, is where you see the greatest change in pressure.

    Unless people know to continue to breathe, and come up slowly, many people are going to bounce with their lungs full of air and cause a barotrauma/air embolism injury or potentially death.

    Ollie B says:
  • Absolutely stupid idea, diving requires training for a reason – it’s dangerous if you don’t understand the principles of decompression and pressure related injuries, as well as problems with compressed gas! I hope this is a joke :S

    Tab Figgins says:
  • This is nothing new or innovative. I’ve been using something very similar since 10 years ago. For anyone interested look up Spare-Air system.

    Darek says:
  • These have existed for years in the diving industry as pony bottles to name the most popular one call “Spare Air”. The only difference is this includes a pump.
    I can’t think of anything more dangerous marketing this product as a recreational gadget that anyone can use. Like the previous comment you need to be certified to use this.
    I can see a few ruptured lungs and drownings from people freaking out under water.

    carlos says:
  • dangerous without proper training and scuba certified. also good luck on pumping the unit to 3000 psi. what a joke. you see the girl pumping it…looks so easy but it will take about 30+ minutes to pump. after pumping you have no energy left to use it. also, what type of air are you getting out of the pump? I see no filter? is it breathable air?

    tony says:
  • This has been around for over 30 years already and you can buy it of off amazon for 300 bugs. The original doesn’t have a pump though because you CAN’T fill a scuba tank by hand! Since the pump will not work and the ‘scorkl’ is just a copy if the ‘spare air’, this campaign is most likely a scam!
    Here is the original product on amazon:
    https://www.amazon.de/gp/offer-listing/B000KD1FWY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1638&creative=6742&creativeASIN=B000KD1FWY&linkCode=am2&tag=ben032b-21&linkId=287d74c64fd2a3c1a84c106294a0e507

    If you gonna get one, make sure you NEVER HOLD YOUR BREATH while under water. If you do, you could rip your lung. Get trained in scuba diving, if you wanna use it! Be safe, don’t be stupid!

    ben says:
  • Besides all the obvious safety reasons noted above this heavy bottle is going to be very hard on your teeth just dragging in the water like that without any support, its going to make the mouth sore for sure, not comfortable for long term use.

    JESSE says:
  • Lets assume the end user is scuba certified, knows how to clear the reg so they can take it out to read the tiny gauge, equalize their sinus cavity, safety procedures to avoid barotrauma, how to handle a free flowing regulator (that’s the cap on this thing), and understands nitrogen tissue loading. There’s still the issue of how the pump works and stays lubed without giving the diver an insta-headache, or death, from a bad fill.

    Ben says:
  • these people in the comments are very negative it’s nothing like spare air, spare air in used when u run out of breath this is used the whole time and is not as dangerous

    jack says:
  • Dont worry folk, an uneducated brain does not have the balls to dive 30m. Maximum 10m .and that would not cause any big problem.it would be good while hunting with snorkel…

    Su says:
  • I am going to follow this example and buy some bicycle frame parts from Huffy and China, tires and tubes from the dollar store, and market a “new” bicycle that will allow you to go up to three miles on the highways. Show a video of kids riding on a deserted highway in the beautiful southwest and casually mention that it might be hazardous with more than say….4 cars visible on the road. After all, professional bicycle races are held on streets and highways, and who needs the hassle of training (not to mention cost) of getting a motorcycle and license.

    That being said…. There is a reason why SCUBA has the equipment they have, and the training they have.

    Johnathan Kazmierczak says:
  • At the 2nd Ben: This is exactly a Spare Air! They literally took the Spare Air label off and put their own! The danger isn’t in the unit itself (of either Spare Air or this). The danger is in changes of absolute atmospheric pressure (ATA) . The danger is oily air fills (a 3000psi bicycle pump, really?). The danger is in a lack of training. If you, other Ben, are SCUBA certified, you should turn in your c-card and demand a refund from your instructor for not covering barotrauma! Misuse of a pressurized air supply under greater ATA will lead to injury and death. Lung over-expansion? No thank you!

    Another-Ben says:
  • I STARTED DIVING IN RN 1967 I STILL SNORKEL ALOT IN MALTA I AM 71 YEARS AND FIND FULL DIVING GEAR TO MUCH WEIGHT I WOULD LIKE TO GET DOWN TO 30 FEET FOR SHORT PERIODS AT PRESENT I ONLY MANAGE 15 TO 20 FEET AND NOT FOR LONG WOULD THIS BE OF USE

    paul bryan says:

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