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Is The SCORKL Diving Cylinder Thousands Of Diving Accidents Waiting To Happen?

The SCORKL gives you up to ten minutes of air in a convenient diving cylinder. But it might cost investors more than money...
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UPDATE: I’ve updated the post’s links to point to Spare Air, a company that’s been making a backup cylinder for much longer than the SCORKL guys, and market it as a safety mechanism, not a toy.

DISCLAIMER: I’m not a diver; never was. But my wife was a PADI certified scuba diver.

The SCORKL (AEKA Skorkle) is a prototype spare diving cylinder with a nice paint job and a funky logo. People are falling over themselves to fund it, but it seems like a string of accidents waiting to happen.

I came across the SCORKL in one of my crowdfunding diamond digs.

At first I was impressed.

Who wouldn’t want to spend up to ten minutes underwater with little to no effort?

But careful consideration led me to realize that the SCORKL is a potential death trap.

I showed my wife the SCORKL promo video. Her first reaction wasn’t that it poses a danger, but that it seems impractical.

She couldn’t think of a scenario where the SCORKL would be useful. The ten minute time frame doesn’t make sense.

She mentioned that she used to lug around a camera when she went diving, and that the SCORKL would make such a task difficult.

From there we went on to discuss the dangers inherent to scuba diving, especially if you don’t receive training.

It became clear that the SCORKL might as well come with a pinless hand grenade. It’s a matter of time before it blows up.

Let’s take a look.

What is the SCORKL?

The SCORKL is a mini refillable diving cylinder with a regulator and a mouthpiece.

There’s not much technical info on the product, but let’s see how far we get.

Same spec as scuba

David Hallamore, creator of the SCORKL, claims that his product is specced and manufactured to the same standards as normal scuba cylinders.

The regulator

The SCORKL’s regulator is an always-on, breathe-on-demand, balanced single stage type.

Pressure gauge

The SCORKL comes with a side-mounted pressure gauge which indicates how much air is left in the cylinder.

Since the gauge is mounted to the SCORKL’s side, and the SCORKL is in your mouth while you’re using it, you won’t be able to see how much air remains, unless you remove the SCORKL from your mouth.

Scuba refill adapter

The SCORKL ships with a free scuba tank refill adapter. This allows you to refill your SCORKL in seconds.

High pressure pump

SCORKL makes an optional hand pump with proper filters that you can use to refill the SCORKL with.

The pump delivers pressure of up to 3,000psi.

They don’t state how long it takes to refill the SCORKL with the hand pump. One of the commenters said between 12 to 15 minutes. I don’t know if that’s accurate.

Case

SCORKL makes a good-looking hard plastic case with foam inserts, to carry your SCORKL, pump and other equipment in.

Shipping

The SCORKL ships globally at no cost.

Final thoughts

At first glance the SCORKL looks like a phenomenal little toy. But this is one toy best avoided.

Diving circles seem to be concerned about the safety levels of the SCORKL, as this article from Dive Magazine UK attests.

Warnings from the creator of the product abounds. He dedicates a large part of his Indiegogo campaign cautioning people against the dangers of not using the product as intended.

But we know the world is full of James Bond wannabes. Warnings serve only as motivation.

I would love to see the SCORKL succeed. I like the Aussies. They’re great people. But this product seems like a shortcut to your Maker.

I hope David Hallamore, the man behind the SCORKL, has a good lawyer. This thing he’s created could be a one way trip to bankruptcy and who knows what other damages.

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tina

this david guy is a fraud. yes david. you are a fraud. didn’t you buy a spare air and reverse engineered it? he copied the exact product called spare air. check out their website, spareair.com. they are been in business since 1979. there is no way you can get up to 10 minutes. impossible!!! between 2-5 minutes at max. as for the pump. there is no way it will takes 12-15 minutes. it will takes about 600 pumps to get to 3000 psi but you’ll have to stops in between to cool down the pump and to rest because as… Read more »

strokewriter

I am the creator of the video concerning this product at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nnfJEIKbAo&t=2s

Saw your comment there that led to this article, and thank you for helping spread the word. Watch for a new video on crowdfunding, coming later this month!

Louis Puglisi

Nothing worse then people badmouthing other people based on nothing but speculation and hearsay.. SMH inshame at how FAST people crucify someone based on the word of another, it’s like wildfire!!!

Same product as spare air that’s been around since the 70’s, yet, that product is safe and davids is VERY DANGEROUS??

I’m a nobody. “Maybe” you all are right. Then again…I’ll wait for PROOF and not other people screaming on the internet acting like they know something.

Dan

Is it not both? If people are too stupid to use something – they should not use it. You see that every day on the streets with traffic. And of course divers are saying this is dangerous. First of all: it is if you don’t know how to use it. Just as an example. Taking the scorkl out of your mouth to check the remaining air eg. pressure is completely fine if you breathe in before you do this and than slowly exhale while checking. But that is something you have to learn before you do this. Divers to learn… Read more »

James Morrison

So? in today’s world exactly what is not ripped off from other products? That doesn’t make it dangerous and doesn’t earn a warning of do not use because it can kill you!

Louis Puglisi

Yes correct I am bad mouthing the people who are bad mouthing David. This product is identical to spare air in every way but it’s been repackaged and comes with an air pump which is unique. And everyone is attacking him saying it’s a dangerous product when they don’t know better. And then you have others hopping on the bandwagon just to hop on it without doing their own research based on the opinions of a few divers who of course are going to say it’s dangerous. Has anybody here taken the time to look at spare air on Amazon???… Read more »

Louis Puglisi

Thank you Jansie! I appreciate the fact that not only do you print comments like mine (many websites do not) but you respond in an impartial and open manner! I am only involved because I thought of purchasing it as it sounded like fun and I have no education or skills as a diver. What I do have skills as it is a great researcher. You cannot google this product without seeing spare air come up it’s almost impossible. So I started researching that product as well doing a comparison as to which one for me was better when I… Read more »

Louis Puglisi

“Fine negative commenter” LOL! Had me laughing out loud on that one! Ya know, and please excuse me but all this talk of water completely sidetracked me and this thought went right over my head! No water pun intended. I feel it’s worth mentioning that the original purpose I had in mind being a prepper that plans for everything, is all of the other purposes this thing serves! Caving, tunnel exploring, forest fire, mine shaft adventure, house fire, mudslides, any entering of a confined space where there could be a dangerous lack of oxygen, trench caving in, encapsulation the list… Read more »

Maya

A tad late but any spare air type canister would be useful for those in helicopter water crashes. Just my two cents.

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