Testimonials & Customer Feedback

"PSDiver Magazine did a follow up to thier initial review of AquaEye. Below is an excerpt from that follow-up.


On arrival, one of them immediately went into the water with the AquaEye, while the other was suiting up. He had a probably target on AquaEye in approximately three minutes…

…Instead of 180 degree arc, they were able to reduce the search to a 15 degree arc each pass taking just a few kicks from the diver. The actual search area was reduced by at least 80 percent!

…The victim was located on the fourth pass. From the time of arrival to location of the victim was only about 15 minutes. Total dive time, including initial investigation, was only 7 minutes."

PSDiver Magazine


"AquaEye is a water rescue tool that I hope all lifeguards have in their tool kit. AquaEye can scan a swim area in minutes -finding a person under water much faster than traditional search patterns.

We are supporters of AquaEye and have seen the device in action. We are confident that lifeguards would find rescue targets much faster with AquaEye, helping to keep campers and lifeguards safe."

Eric Shendelman

Owner, Shendy's Swim School, Past President of Ontario Camps Association, Representative of Canadian Drowning Prevention Coalition

"This is the perfect tool where lifeguards need to act quickly to recover missing swimmers, or dive teams that need to locate a victim within that golden hour and there is a fairly decent Point Last Seen. This tool does not replace side scan sonar but can allow you to narrow your search time dramatically by ruling out areas. I can think of at least a dozen searches this would have brought us directly to the victim in minutes. "

Gerry Boylan

Public Safety Diver

"I’ve personally tested AquaEye in all kinds of water. It has few limitations. Bottom line is it works great! The time, money, and liability this saves FAR outweighs the surprisingly small price tag! I’ve been diving since 1986 and a PSD since 2005."

Scott Johanson

Public Safety Diver

"AquaEye is absolutely amazing! I’ve taken it to a few spots where we have had rescues and recoveries. One particular location we spent almost two hours searching on a previous recovery and with AquaEye I was able to locate in the matter of minutes."

Devin Redding

Dive Team, Heber Springs Fire Department

"We purchased AquaEye because we have a 25,000 acre lake, which is inhabited by a lot of visitors in the summertime. AquaEye aids us in helping to search a large body of water and narrows down our search area, which helps us reduce manpower used, helps overhead costs, plus it uses the latest technology."

Randy Wright

Emergency Manager and Dive Team Manager, Lyon County, Kentucky

"In addition to our current drowning prevention operating guidelines, we now have lifeguards perform AquaEye scans at the start and end of all swimming activities to confirm all are accounted for and safely out of the water."

Rachel Morgan

Summer Director, Camp Farwell

"I would recommend AquaEye because I think it’s going to be a game changer for water rescue. I believe that AquaEye is going to allow us to do a quick scan of the area, find the victim, retrieve them and perform lifesaving measures."

Eric Camel

Fire Chief, Chesterton Fire Department

"I’ve used it on two separate drownings, and both times it’s been able to pick up the person we are looking for. Clearly distinguishing the X for the body, which allows us to quickly locate the victim and bring them up. "

"In our local dive facility, we are looking to use AquaEye as a way to expedite the location of missing divers that could have dive injuries. By doing that we will deploy rescue divers to go down, and hopefully this turns into a response where we can save the diver versus a recovery. With the cold water, we have a timeframe where we could possibly save them."

Kenny Pratt

Assistant Chief/Rescue Squad Diver, Marshall County Rescue Squad

"I would highly recommend AquaEye for Public Safety Diving. It’s a device that we can quickly deploy that greatly increases the safety of our personnel. Ultimately our goal is to provide closure to the family of any victim that’s in the water and this is a tool that will help do that. Through the use of the Echo Map we’ve been locating vehicles underwater where traditional side scan sonar cannot be used, this is the tool that will do that, and so far we’ve had great success with AquaEye and I highly recommend it."

Steven Byers

Fire Chief, Public Safety Diver, Boonville Indiana Fire Department

"The device was quick to indicate the direction and distance of the divers under water, marking an X on the screen which was easily interpreted for the recovery location. Additionally, the echo map function provides a true sonar image reading with colors indicating obstacles and target shapes. Both functions have a purpose, and they add to the versatility of the tool.

Two weeks following the demo, we had a missing boater response at the Redondo Horseshoe Pier.  The search was precautionary for a low probability target, and the AquaEye was used to rule out a search area assigned to our team.  Our operator deployed by jumping off of the pier and then we lowered the AquaEye to him for the search."

Cosmo Flynn

Captain Ocean Lifeguard, Marine Technical Search Team Manager, Los Angeles County Fire Department

"AquaEye is a very important tool in our toolbox because we always look to maximize responder safety. Having a tool that we deploy from our flat water rescue boat or from kayaks while keeping our operators safe, and also allowing them to search large areas quickly and effectively; these are all benefits that AquaEye brings to our team."

Ephraim Nowak

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue (COSAR)


"Seaside Heights Fire Department Ocean Rescue team has implemented AquaEye into our standard operations plan when responding to a submerged victim. A highly engineered amazing device which helps our rescue swimmers quickly locate a victim and increases the success of saving a life. The AquaEye can scan a large area in a quick manner with one first responder operating the unit. Every second counts in rescue and recovery. AquaEye gives us the opportunity to make that rescue and save a life."

Tim Farrell

Battalion Chief, Seaside Heights Fire Rescue


"We received another call to assist with a recovery. The AquaEye was able to narrow it down for the dive team, quickly and efficiently. The AquaEye has made a huge change to things down here and how our county does water rescue.

Thank you for all your help and we look forward to what the future of AquaEye holds."

Luke Bradley

Lieutenant, Liberty Township Fire Department Jackson, MI


"The test and evaluation were completed at two locations.  The first was in a quarry with depths ranging from 20 – 135 feet.  The AquaEye performed very well at multiple depths and distances.  Dropped 3 divers at multiple locations and depths.   The AquaEye picked up all three divers, sometimes one as an anomaly.  When switching to the sonar imaging, it was clear the anomaly was a diver comparing to other map imaging and coloration.

Second location was in the Detroit River with 2-3 knot current.  Had divers lay in heavy underwater vegetation and it picked them up as a body.  Very impressed.

As with any piece of equipment, the more you utilize and train with it, the better the results.  By the end of the T&E, I was very comfortable with the operation and function of the AquaEye.

The team’s overall response was very pleased. An incredible tool for low visibility and murky waters.  It also gives a better start point for searching when a last seen point was poor or unavailable."

Todd Brozek

Lieutenant, Grosse Ile Police Department

Downriver Mutual Aid Dive Team, Grosse Ile, MI


"The Lifeguard Division of L.A. County Fire Dept. was fortunate to receive in person instruction by Barrier Waterman representative Phillip Lloyd and allowed to test the AquaEye in the Marina Del Rey Harbor.  We had members of the Dive Team and Marine Technical search Team present and in the water proving the accuracy of the AquaEye handheld sonar device.  The device was quick to indicate the direction and distance of the divers under water, marking an X on the screen which was easily interpreted for the recovery location.  It was great to have the nuances of the AquaEye explained to utilize the "trigger pulled" function for a more inclusive obstacle readout before the "trigger released" algorithm filtered the image to include only the most likely targets. Both functions have a purpose, and they add to the versatility of the tool. Additionally, the echo map function provides a true sonar image reading with colors indicating obstacles and target shapes.

Two weeks following the demo, we had a missing boater response at the Redondo Horseshoe Pier.  The search was precautionary for a low probability target, and the AquaEye was used to rule out a search area assigned to our team.  Our operator deployed by jumping off of the pier and then we lowered the AquaEye to him for the search."

Cosmo Flynn

Los Angeles Captain Ocean Lifeguard

Marine Technical Search Team Manager


"Oceanside Fire Department Lifeguard Division has implemented AquaEye® into Code X operations for its speed of identifying submerged persons in open water response areas.  While prevention remains the primary objective in lifesaving, the necessity of swiftly locating a submerged victim for an increased chance of survival is needed. The application of AquaEye into Code X operations can provide a scanned search area and high potential targets by a single rescuer prior to coordinating and initiating multiple rescuer line searches that must systematically clear the search area.  The ability to focus a general search area to a concise position can significantly decrease discovery time of a victim thereby preventing the need to exhaust rescuers and resources."

Lieutenant Blake Faumuina

Oceanside Fire Department Lifeguard Division


"We purchased AquaEye® and it did just as it said it would do. When we went out and tested it, we then knew where our people were, where our divers in the water were, and we even had a dummy in the water. Everything registered with an X, meaning that it should be a human, and of course it was. We didn’t just do that once; we have been out multiple times with our fire department and then last Saturday AquaEye was part of an inter-agency water rescue exercise. We had 9 agencies and 45 people involved with 9 watercraft. AquaEye worked as advertised and as it should. We are very impressed, but not looking forward to the day we must use it for real. When that does happen we are very comfortable that we should be able to locate someone fairly quickly."

Kevin Swanson

Fire Chief, Brooks Fire Department


"AquaEye is an entirely new tool in the drowning search toolbox. It allows large areas to be scanned quickly and effectively, even at night or in murky/tannin coloured water, where other means of searching will be ineffective. Due to it’s built-in AI software, it allows anyone with little to no experience in analyzing sonar imagery to still be highly effective at searching."

Ephraim Nowak

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue (COSAR)


"It’s much faster than trying to do a boat rescue that we’ve done in the past. It [was] just long boat searches without any knowledge of where the subject is. AquaEye actually gives us the coordinates of where that person might be."

Brad Kiggins

Vernon Search & Rescue


"Before we would use a type of sonar, almost like a fish finder sonar, and it’s not as accurate and it takes a long time to search an area. AquaEye allows us to get to an area where we think a victim is and narrow down that search area really very rapidly."

Trevor Honigman

Search Manager, Vernon Search & Rescue


"We were conducting a search for a missing person underneath the ice in Saskatchewan, and AquaEye was an extremely valuable tool. After drilling a hole we were able to scan the lake underneath the ice and determine areas of interest. AquaEye indicates the direction and distance, so we were able to move to the spot it indicated, drill another hole and the object of interest was right there. AquaEye was extremely accurate. This enabled us to search large areas in a short amount of time."

Brendan Miller


"AquaEye® was able to quickly locate the victim in what was a difficult search environment. It brought closure to a family much sooner than traditional methods of recovery, and by shortening the search timeline, the device also reduced the time that rescuers were in the danger zone of the pier pylons."

Mirek Dabrowski

Director, Duck Surf Rescue


"I see applications for AquaEye® in recovery operations and have recommended the product to police dive teams across the country. With ease of use and ease of care, AquaEye is very user friendly and requires little training."

Jay White

Instructor/Trainer, RCMP National Underwater Recovery Training Centre


"In 2008 we lost my oldest son to a drowning / boat accident. It took 29 days to recover his body. In 2009 we started The BMF Project to honor our son and to try to ensure no other family had to go through what we did, especially because of lack of equipment. The BMF Project is excited at the possibilities presented by AquaEye®. The ease of deployment and use makes it ideal for open water swimming areas. We have trained with AquaEye® with multiple police, fire, and SAR agencies in North Texas, the opportunities to use it in a rescue versus a recovery have become apparent. We have even used AquaEye® in a recovery situation in which we were able to help bring closure to a family in a matter of minutes. In our opinion, AquaEye® will not only help many families but also keep those willing to sacrifice themselves to help bring our loved one’s home, safer."

Mike Fugate

Founder, The BMF Project

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