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Sport Sub 3

Entry Swimming entry through tail
Max Depth 130 ft, 40 m
Top Speed 4 knots
Weight 800 kg, 1750 lbs
Max Personel Capacity 3 including pilot

The SportSub III, built by the IVC Corporation is a simple 3-man sub. Domed side windows and large front windows give the occupants a good field of vision. Numerous options can be specified when buying the SportSub III; including lights, ultrasonic communications, and additional air supply.

Review by: Ron Leonard
IVC has been building these 1, 2, 3, and 6 person SportSub submersibles since 1986, and has produced more than 200 submarines in that time. You can find many more details and photographs, as well as pricing, on their web site at

What are these submarines being used for? The Olympic Organizing Committee purchased 4 units for security and surveillance; many of the largest yachts in the world have SportSubs aboard as yacht toys; fire rescue teams in Brazil use them for search and rescue; also for tourist rides in the Caribbean and on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. What would you use your SportSub for?

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