The Hydrodome BOB provides some great underwater amusement

by Mark R

I always like reporting on mini submarines, and I’m not certain whether the Hydrodome BOB (Breathing Observation Bubble) falls under that category.

I believe my source calls the Hydrodome BOB an “aquatic scooter”. You will note how the people in the photo can ride around on the ocean floor with an underwater bike contraption.

You will note how the user has a bubble helmet for 180-degrees of clear viewing in any direction. Oxygen is pumped into it from the big silver tank on the front.

Believe it or not, it only takes 20 minutes to learn how to ride this thing. You don’t even have to know how to swim to try it either.

I’m not certain what it is with these mini submarines always sporting a shade of yellow like the Scubster and the two-million dollar yellow submarine. It most be some sort of law for any submarines under a certain size to be painted a shade of this color, while giant nuclear submarines have to be painted gray. I wonder if the Beatles had anything to do with this color-coding.

I’m not certain where this underwater amusement can be found, but my Source states it costs about $25 per hour, which includes an introductory class.


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Kiwiiano Says: October 13, 2010 at 10:10 pm

My guess is that they’re yellow for making them easier to spot in an emergency. Dayglow colours can be quite vibrant underwater.

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