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A human powered submarine, Omer 3, has reached 6.97 knots (8.03 mph/12.92 kph).
The modern era of human powered submarine competitions was originated by Stann Dunn, at Florida State University, and Hap Perry, at the Perry Corp. They organized the first competition in 1989. Francois Maisonneuve set the best one person submarine speed of 6.97 knots at the 1997 ISR in Bethesda, Maryland. This feat was in Omer 3 from the University of Quebec’s Ecole de Technologie Superieure in Montreal.

While the earlier human powered submarines were “dry”, current competition vehicles are one- or two-person free-flooding “wet” submarines. Crewmembers breath from a SCUBA system carried by them aboard the submarine.



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