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Surveillance Sub

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 Surveillance Sub is a commercial submersible built by the IVC Corporation. It is designed for a variety of roles including salvage, security, underwater inspections, filming.

The Surveillance Sub can be configured for one, two or three occupants with cargo. The stainless steel cage around the sub is designed to reduce risk of entanglement, and it also provides some degree of protection from impact when working in low visibility water.

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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