Disabled Russian man invents self-propelled scuba-wheelchair

Scuba Wheelchair

Artist Sue Austine is known as the first man to create an underwater-wheelchair for disabled and had displayed what could be achieved with it. However, it was an expensive scuba-diving piece of hardware that was beyond common man’s reach. However, now, Igor Skikevich, a 51-years-old disabled Russian man, claims to have invented Submarine-Wheelchair – an affordable scuba-diving wheelchair.  He is seen giving a demonstration in a video.  Igor is seen doing all kind of underwater stunts and movements to show how flexible the ride is. The wheelchair features two propellers attached to rear of it. A strap is attached to the chair to keep the diver in place.

According to Skikevich his thirst for diving deeper for longer time was refueled during a recent diving trip in Japan. With his invention, he claims, the disabled persons would be able to spent some more time under-water and let them explore the underwater world patiently.

I came up with the idea after a diving trip to the Sea of Japan last year. I thought that if I could just find a way of mounting some engines onto my wheelchair I would be able to move so much further underwater,

said Skikevich.

A company has signed an agreement with Skikevich for mass production of the scuba– chair. The chair is likely to cost $864, as per source.

Skikevich has an ironical past. He had lost his legs nine-years ago when doctors mis-diagnosed him and missed a major part of the disease that paralyzed him below waist. His doctors feared he might end up with complete paralysis. However, Skikevich ain’t got time for the sad part. He is making full of what he can.




Madan has been writing about eco-friendly gadgets and technologies for over 5 years now. He has an inclination for all things green and wonderful. He is a local social activist with a global vision. When not writing, Madan can be seen capturing the best of urban wildlife in his DSLR lens.

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