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 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 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.
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. Currently, there are 2 different levels of lift buoyancy: 25lbs. of lift is associated with the Responder model and 50 lbs. of lift is associated with the Tactical
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.
Rapid Diver is a premium product
constructed using materials selected for extreme durability and wear resistance.