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.