What is Rapid Diver?
The Rapid Diver was invented in 2000 by American Inventor and long time diver, Chris De Felice. 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 or case, and readies for use in less than a minute.
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. For those who enjoy longer dives, the Rapid Diver is capable of holding up to an 80 cu. ft. back mounted cylinder In addition to a low overall weight, the rapid diver dive rescue. 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 its 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. Currently, there are 2 different levels of buoyancy: 25lbs. of lift is associated with the Sport model and 50 lbs. of lift is associated with the Aqua Lung Rapid Diver PRO model. 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.
In 2008, Wyatt Werneth (former Ocean Rescue Chief) outlined the PSD/NFPA and training standards, as well as training many of the dive teams that are using the Rapid Diver today.
The Orange County Sheriffs Department was the first operation to deploy the units in 2002.
How much time do you get underwater with the Rapid Diver?
The physics are the same. An average diver breathes about 1 cu ft per minute. The standard tank for professional use is the 27 cu ft steel tank. We have reports of 30+ minutes in 30 feet or less.
Is the Rapid Diver "Made in America"?
Yes, made in the USA by Aqua Lung.
Is the Rapid Diver "Universal fit"?
How long does the Rapid Diver take to deploy?
With the straps pre-adjusted the unit takes less than 15 seconds.
What is a Yoke vs DIN?
DIN is required for rescue work and a yoke is for sport use. The downside of the yoke is that the O ring wears much faster than the DIN and because DIN is more durable for a working environment.
Where can I get the Rapid Diver Serviced, inspected?
The Rapid Diver can be serviced by our qualified dive equipment repair specialist. Our technicians are very familiar with the Rapid Diver system and can take care of annual maintenance and inspections.
How do I get a demo and training?