Student develops Express Dive, a lightweight underwater breathing system
Cathal Redmond, a 26-year-old student at University of Limerick has developed a portable and lightweight underwater breathing system. Called the Express Dive System, this innovative product will allow divers to breathe underwater for up to 2 minutes. The dive system which recently won the 2015 Irish James Dyson Award is a step forward for small scuba systems. It comes packed with an air tank, air regulator and a compressor which will allow divers to enjoy and explore the underwater world in a better way.
A perfect tool for enhancing the underwater experience, the Express Dive System overcomes the limitations of traditional snorkels as it gives diver the freedom to go for greater depths. Also, it prevails over the complexities of a scuba setup by reducing the number, weight and size of the breathing apparatus required to breathe underwater.
The Dive System comes with an inbuilt battery which compels the compressor to capture air and store in the air tank. Therefore, the diver can breathe using the system just like a scuba system with the help of a dive mask. Once the air supply starts to run out, the diver can just resurface and hold the button to refill the tank.
For his Express Dive System, Redmond will receive a cheque for €2,500 from the James Dyson Foundation. He’ll be entering the international stage of the competition as well to compete against students from 20 different countries. The winner of the competition will receive a prize of €37,500 to develop and complete his design.