AirBuddy Brings the Ease of Snorkeling into the Fascinating World of Diving

By: | April 14th, 2017


A portable, easy-to-use tankless diving system that offers 45 minutes of diving time at a depth of up to 12 meters (40 ft).

AirBuddy is the world’s most compact recreational diving gear. It brings a revolution to discovering the underwater world – thanks to eliminating the hassle and bulk of traditional SCUBA gear, diving has never been easier and more accessible.

How does it work? AirBuddy consists of three main components: a battery-powered air compressor, a supply hose and a regulator (mouthpiece). The air compressor pressurizes surface air that is then delivered to the diver through the supply hose with a regulator. The diving system allows 45 minutes of diving at a depth of up to 12 meters.

AirBuddy’s vision is to bring the ease of snorkeling into the fascinating world of diving, so that more people can explore and appreciate the beauty of our marine life.

While the concept is simple and has been around for years, AirBuddy is built with today’s latest and most innovative technology. The inventor of AirBuddy holds a patent protecting six of these key innovations that make AirBuddy the world’s smallest and lightest surface-supplied breathing apparatus. Unpacking and assembling this cross between SCUBA and snorkeling takes only minutes. By simply charging the 12V battery (3.5 hrs to fully charge via standard electrical socket) and connecting the hoses, you are ready to go! Thanks to its compact size that fits your carry-on, it can easily be transported on a plane on vacation. This saves valuable time by avoiding the hassle of booking SCUBA gear in advance or driving around trying to find a dive shop.


“We created AirBuddy to provide an easy alternative for self-guided shallow water diving. We aren’t trying to replace SCUBA, it’s still great for deep dives and cave diving. We wanted to make diving just as convenient as other sports; a sport where you just grab your gear and go. It was created to eliminate all the hassle, time and expense that comes along with preparing for SCUBA diving and it’s perfect for reef diving which is where countless species of sea life can be found,” says AirBuddy’s inventor, Jan Kadlec.

A passionate diver, lifehacker and corporate development professional, Jan Kadlec, designed AirBuddy along with a team of fellow diving enthusiasts with years of experience in mechanical engineering, manufacturing and business management. They have now finalized their design after almost four years of development and testing. All together, they have gone through seven generations of prototypes, of which many of the parts have been specially designed for this model.

Marshall Smith

Technology, engineering, and design enthusiast.

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