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Riding the Waves

It's one thing to swim alongside dolphins, but have you ever swum like one? If you get a chance to ride the new SeaBreacher, you may be lucky enough to find out what it feels like.

Rob Innes and Dan Piazza of Innespace have been creating Dolphins since 1998, and the SeaBreacher is their latest invention. A Dolphin is a submersible watercraft designed to mimic its real aquatic counterpart, but unlike other submersibles, the Dolphin has no ballast to pull it down. Instead, it relies on forward momentum and the downward lift of its wings to take it below the water's surface — which means it can perform some pretty spectacular tricks. It only goes down a few feet and can't go faster than 30 miles an hour, but like a real dolphin it's a whizz at acrobatic dives, jumps, and rolls.

Sadly, if you fancy buying yourself a new toy for days out at the beach, the Dolphin is — as yet — unavailable for sale. Innes and Piazza have been demoing the Dolphin at shows for years and their inventions have even appeared on television and in a movie, but for now they are only prototypes.

That's where the SeaBreacher comes in. This summer, the larger, two-seater model will be taking passengers for rides. Check the Innespace Website for details of forthcoming tours.

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  • Michael D

    August 20, 2008

    i think it must be powered by some electric motor. how could it operate under water unless it uses some kind of air tanks. and where would the exhaust come out? well i know i wanna ride in one. and buy one…(then add more to the engine to make it more like a torpedo then a dolphin)

  • Beach Craft

    July 2, 2008

    That would be cool to try. What’s it powered by?

  • Mala Mukunda

    December 10, 2007

    Interesting! 30 miles an hour under water is actually a good number, especially when you can turn and flip! I’m sure it will be a huge success as a tourist activity!
    Mala Mukunda

  • Anon

    January 30, 2007

    Nice! Dress yourself like Great White bait… perfect for perusing the Great Barrier reef or the beaches off Cape Town. Stick to land-locked freshwater with this one or you will be asking for trouble.

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