New Technology that Takes Water Sports to New Levels of Excitement
At Ningaloo Whaleshark n Dive, we’re passionate about our water sports. That’s why we’re always on the lookout for new water toys that are coming on the market. In this post, we’re going to highlight a couple of water toys that we regularly incorporate into our outings. We’ll also let you know about a few new inventions that we think should be on any water-sport enthusiast’s wish list.
We actually provide our customers with underwater scooters when they embark on a lagoon reef snorkelling outing. An underwater scooter is a completely safe, handheld propulsion system that you hold in your hands and use to navigate the reefs you explore.
When you only wear a pair of flippers, you’re relatively limited in what you can see and explore whilst snorkelling. After a few flips of your fins, it’s time to resurface for another breath. But underwater scooters dramatically boost your mobility when snorkelling, and that means you can make the most of each breath you take. Dive deeper and explore farther in the same amount of time.
We have several different underwater scooter models available:
- Bladefish 5000
- Seadoo VS (supercharged)
In our opinion, you haven’t really been snorkelling unless you’ve had the pleasure of diving with an underwater scooter. If you’d like to give one of these handy water toys a try, give us a call on 1800 224 060 to find out which tours these devices feature on.
When it comes to bodysurfing, there are two types of surfers – those who prefer to freestyle with nothing more than a pair of fins, and those who use a body board for greater buoyancy. But thanks to the Wavewrecker, the decision of whether not to take a board is no longer an issue.
This relatively new invention is really just a wetsuit with closed-cell foam fins embedded in certain positions. As a result, the bodysurfer can easily maintain buoyancy while catching waves, and they don’t have to worry about dealing with an unwieldy board once they latch on to that perfect curl. In other words, you can worry less about staying afloat and focus more on riding those waves. Watch this video for a demonstration of how the Wavewrecker works.
Kayaks are a perennial favourite when it comes to water sport toys. However, they’re large and generally difficult to transport when you’re not on the water. In order to move a kayak across land, you have to either strap it to the roof of your car or purchase a rack or trailer. Not so with the Bay+ folding kayak by Oru.
This innovative water toy can be folded up through a complex, origami-like process. But by ‘complex’, we don’t mean difficult. On the contrary, once you’ve gone through the motions a couple of times (see a demo here), you’ll find that it easy to break down and pack up this kayak. The resulting pack can be strapped to your shoulders like a large rucksack or easily stored in the boot of your car. Take your kayak anywhere with minimal fuss!
Stand-up Paddle Boards
We’re big fans of stand-up paddle boards (SUPs) at Ningaloo Whaleshark n Dive. These are the perfect accompaniment to snorkelling and diving, as they allow you to patrol the water from the surface, enjoying views through crystal-clear waters of the reefs and fish below. This perspective perfectly complements the one you enjoy underwater when you go whale shark diving around Perth.
Our 10 foot, 3 inch SUPs come with a built-in grip deck (for traction) and a paddle. Experience is not a prerequisite if you’d like to try paddling one of these super-stable boards. Generally speaking, a few minutes is all it takes to master the basics of plying the waters of Ningaloo on a SUP.
Not only are they fun; these boards also provide a fantastic workout. They offer a low-impact aerobic routine that increases overall strength and helps tone the fine muscles and connectors used in balance. Spend enough time paddling, and you’re going to get your pulse up as well, offering reasonable cardio benefits. And as you can probably imagine, there are whole-body benefits to standing over a board and paddling for an extended period.
Paddle boarding is great because you can do it anywhere with open water. Let us know if you’d like to spend some time on a SUP after you swim with whale sharks in Exmouth, and we’ll get you set up.
Schiller S1 Water Bikes
Imagine joining a spinning class on a catamaran over open water. That’s exactly what you get with the Schiller X1. It consists of a stationary bike platform positioned over the top of two inflatable pontoons that keep the entire apparatus stable on the water. Pedal away to propel the craft forward, and navigate with a set of handlebars. Dual oscillating propellers ensure that you can reach surprisingly high speeds whilst riding this streamlined water bike. These water bikes don’t come cheaply, but they sure are a lot of fun.
Jetsurf Motorised Surfboards
Do you ever find yourself jet skiing and wishing you were surfing instead – or vice versa? Well, even if you’ve never pondered the to-ski-or-surf dilemma, the jetsurf motorised surfboard could come in handy. It offers the speed and mobility of a motorised watercraft whilst allowing you to transition into full-on surfing mode at a moment’s notice.
If you’re a surfer, you’ve probably already guessed the advantages of this board. Rather than paddling furiously to position yourself to catch the next wave, you can simply switch on the motor and run after the wave that you want – and not just the ones that are breaking in your immediate location.
But that’s only part of the allure with this motorised surfboard. It can also be used as a motorised upright paddle board. You can imagine how satisfying it is to whiz past other paddle boarders at speeds of up to 55 km/hr!