The Platypus Craft is a french invention combining boating and sailing with diving. On the surface platypus looks like a modified pedal boat, yet with the flick of switch Platypus turns into a user-friendly submersible.
The Platypus has two pontoons and users can ride on a seat in the center of craft. After donning an Ocean Reef full face mask, the center of craft lowers into the water to a depth of 2 meters (6 feet), while the rest of the Platypus craft stays on the surface. Best of all Platypus which comes with an internal air supply so you don’t need to bring any scuba tanks.
Platypus can reach surface speeds of 10 knots with an electric engine of 12 knots with 2x9HP gas engines. Underwater a pilot uses levers to control the speed of the craft and the Platypus cockpit is equipped with a waterproof screen and surface camera so you have a 360° viewing angle while piloting the boat from underwater.
To operate the Platypus all you need is a boating permit (where required) and no prior training. In France an electric version is also available which require no boating permits to use. Another cool feature included is an underwater communication system, which allows you to share your experiences and stay connected via Wi-Fi and GPS.
The Platypus craft could be a great addition to hotels and resort around the world looking to diversify their activities center. And in additions the Platypus offers an unparalleled opportunity for individuals with limited mobility to explore the underwater environment.
The Platypus craft was developed by French inventor François Alexandre Bertrand in 2009. Francois will be showing off his amphibious Platypus craft at the Paris International Dive Show in January 2017 at booth B 29. [Platypus]