IVC Corporation, Vancouver, Canada
Ambient Pressure Resort Submarine
45 metres (148 ft)
2 passengers and 1 pilot
3.5m L x 2.15m W x 1.8m H
960 kg dry
Hand laid fiberglass
EBC manual overide
Reserve air system
Manual cockpit air inlet
Triple ballast tanks
Exit port always open for swimming
Automatic depth control
limit of 1ft/sec
POWER & ELECTRICAL:
24 volts Battery: Capacity 500 ahs
THRUSTERS & DIRECTIONAL CONTROL:
2 vertical / 2 horizontal 75 lbs each
Fly by wire joystick with computer
Variable intensity, lighted
Computerised Dive Monitor
Air Flow Meter Variable 1~ 150 CFH
Ceiling and remaining time allowable at depth.
High Battery Voltage
Thruster wiring failure
Low Battery Voltage
Electronic, selectable -
of air is trapped inside the cockpit of the sub (like an upside-
This means that the passengers sit in normal fresh air at the same pressure as the water outside. Passengers will need to adjust the pressure of their sinuses whilst the sub dives and ascends. This is done by "equalising" or ear popping (holding the nose and blowing) or swallowing as is often needed on a commercial air flights. New passengers are guided through this easy process by their pilot.
Additionally, the water level cannot rise inside the cockpit making the sub completely safe.
The sub is open at the back below the water line. Passengers enter the cockpit through the opening in the back of the hull guided by a safety diver and met inside by their pilot. Once inside passengers sit on seats either side of the cockpit cabin. This configuration provides the best possible views.
devices including monitored air quality and maintaining positive buoyancy, which allows the mini-
All in all this has to be considered one of the safest and trouble free ways to explore the Reef.
Underwater safety is paramount and all tours are accompanied by a qualified safety diver to aid in the unlikely event of an emergency. Additionally all pilots are also qualified dive instructors. The subs have a number of backup and fail safe