SEALs to Get Swimming Gizmo

New device will help fighters swim up to 150% faster and arrive less tired
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2007 6:08 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Navy SEALs will be swimming to their targets up to 150% faster when they get a new Pentagon gizmo called a PowerSwim. It looks like a mini-glider that attaches to a diver's legs, Popular Mechanics reports. SEALs reportedly take about 2 hours to master it; they have to learn a unique undulating motion that relieves smaller muscles normally used to swim.

PowerSwim should get fighters to targets faster and less fatigued, says a Pentagon project manager, but won't help them go any farther. She adds that some SEALs will discard the gizmo James Bond-style, along with other equipment, just before emerging on land. Now being packaged, the device should be in production by 2008.