AquaEye – Rescue Sonar, Rescuesonar, Portable Rescue Sonar, Mobile Rescue Sonar, Portable Water Rescue Sonar, Mobile Water Rescue Sonar


The first sonar scan you do with AQUAEYE® will probably not be the most successful one you will ever do. AQUAEYE® requires training. This has nothing to do with the performance of the unit and it has everything to do with the correct handling of the unit. Depending on the situation at the site, 2 hours of training may be sufficient. In complex situations, it is recommended to train your team more intensively. Appropriate professional trainers are available.

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Already more than 200 rescue organizations worldwide trust and use AQUAEYE and have integrated it into their water rescue strategy.


With AQUAEYE, up to 8000 square meters of the water surface can be searched and assessed in less than 5 minutes. AQUAEYE is a tool for first responders that helps you coordinate your rescue forces. By first surveying the situation underwater, you can direct your rescuers to the location where a potential victim has been identified by AQUAEYE

AQUAEYE uses Artificial Intelligence to decide which echoes match those of a human body and displays the position of potential victims on the screen. Distance, direction, and approximate depth can be determined and used to brief rescue professionals. Additional information about the situation can be obtained from the sonar raw data display – EchoMap

It is not always possible to save a victim alive. AQUAEYE increases these chances, but it is no guarantee to save someone alive. Nevertheless, AQUAEYE can and is used not only for rescue but also for the search and recovery of victims.

AQUAEYE transmits a sonar pulse to a depth or distance of 50 meters and evaluates the returning echo using state-of-the-art AI-assisted sonar technology. AQUAEYE marks potential victims with an X and targets that are not clearly identified but have a high chance of being a victim with an O.

With the AQUAEYE portable rescue sonar device, rescuers can identify potential victims for the first time within seconds of being submerged in water. This change in search tactics in water rescue can have a positive impact on the safety of your rescue team because water is often a dangerous place. Therefore, the fewer rescuers have to enter the water, the safer you are and the fewer resources you need. These facts are especially important in the aftermath of a natural disaster

By speeding up the search, AQUAEYE can help significantly reduce the time your team spends in the water. Rescue teams can be guided to the scene of the incident in a targeted and accurate manner. Efficient use of your resources is important because teams that are in a single location during a lengthy water rescue or recovery cause resource bottlenecks that can lead to longer response times at other search locations and more man-hours.

The operation of AQUAEYE is kept very simple and the device is quickly ready for use. The screens are backlit and offer high contrast and are readable even underwater. The operation and interpretation of the AQUAEYE search results should be practiced but after about 2 hours of training, you will achieve high-quality results in complex scenarios.

It is not always possible to get close enough to rocks with the expensive side scan sonar. Or you have to worry about using it in the harbor between the many obstacles. It may also be unwise to deploy such a sonar under a pier. This is where AQUAEYE comes in, ideal for searching, rescuing, or recovering victims in such places.

AQUAEYE is built to keep your costs down. However, it is not only the pure purchase of the device that has to be taken into account but also the savings that are possible by operating the device throughout your organization. In particular, the TCO Total Cost of Ownership must be taken into account. AQUAEYE is built in such a way that it is stable and durable on the one hand and suitable for many different application scenarios on the other.


Scanning with AQUAEYE Sonar from an elevated position can be disadvantageous, as safe and steady handling is essential. This is not always possible from elevated positions. We recommend the AQUAEYEREACH” – A 1.5-meter long pole that helps you achieve perfect results when scanning from a pier, harbor, ship, boat, ice surface, or from a narrow bridge.

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The first sonar scan you do with AQUAEYE® will probably not be the most successful one you will ever do. AQUAEYE® requires training. This has nothing to do with the performance of the unit and it has everything to do with the correct handling of the unit. Depending on the situation at the site, 2 hours of training may be sufficient. In complex situations, it is recommended to train your team more intensively. Appropriate professional trainers are available. But how to proceed with the first scan:


  1. Collect all available information about the situation, but also about the local condition of the situation. Depending on the situation, this can already be done in the emergency vehicle. Equipped with this information you operate AQUAEYE® as follows

  2. Open the case and switch on the device. After about 10 seconds the device is ready to use.

  3. Select the scan distance. 10, 20, or 50 meters. What distance makes sense you can see from the location and the previously received information. If there is too little information, it is recommended to start with the long-range, i.e. with 50 meters. Based on the first information you can narrow down the distance and search the area in more detail.

  4. Enter the water – depending on the location it is enough to go waist-deep into the water. Take a safe and stable stand. It is advisable to bend your knees a little. Never scan with an outstretched arm, but rather hold the device against your body and support the AQUAEYE® with your second hand without covering the scan sensor.

  5. Immerse the device under the water surface so that the screen is parallel to the water surface. The sonar sensor is already set at the correct angle to make a first scan. Depending on the waves, you may need to submerge the unit so that it can scan under the waves without any problems. Now pull the trigger. It is important to pull the trigger only underwater.

    NOTE: Do not pull the trigger unless you want to begin a new scan. Pulling the trigger will initiate a new scan and data will be lost.

    TIP: Most of the time, when scanning, the attention is on the device and not on the surroundings. In dangerous waters (animals, wood, and fast currents) you should scan in pairs. One operates the scanner and the other observes the situation from a close distance.

  6. Slowly scan an initial area of about 60-70 degrees. Make sure that there are no white gaps in the feedback bar. If this is the case, scan too fast or too shaky. Always scan from left to right and never try to move the device back to close white gaps in the feedback bar.

  7. The device collects a lot of data during the scan and displays it on the screen. Do not worry, this is normal. Only after releasing the trigger (underwater), the artificial intelligence calculates the obtained data and eliminates some display objects.

  8. Lift the device out of the water, interpret the results, and line up the live cursor with the X. Follow the axis of the device. If you follow the axis of the device, you will get the direction in which the victim is located. AQUAEYE® will also show you the distance and the presumed depth. Please note that on flat water distances are difficult to estimate for humans.

    NOTE: You must maintain your reference position. If you have moved during or after the scan, aligning the cursor with the icon of interest may not point you in the correct direction.

  9. If the results are not clear, you have the following options. Further scans with the correct distance preset, a scan from a different position – 5-10 meters left or right. Or scan from deeper water. It is also recommended to view and interpret the raw data display Echomap. Use this information to evaluate and interpret the situation.

  10. Repeat the scans or use the “Reach” if you want to scan from an elevated position such as a pier, boat, ship, or bridge.

    TIP: Develop a routine with the device. To do this, you should practice it regularly. As with any professional rescue device, AquaEye training is highly recommended. any professional rescue device, AquaEye training is highly recommended.


  • AquaEye® is IP68 rated up to 5 meters. Submerging AquaEye® to depths greater than 5 meters may damage the device.
  • Never scan from right to left. It does not work. Also, do not scan backward to close white gaps in the feedback bar.
  • Always pull and release the trigger under water. If you do not do this you will get wrong results because sonar cannot work in air. This is not due to the device but to the sonar technology itself.
  • Handle the equipment with care. The equipment should not be dropped on the ground or thrown into the water. The device has gyroscopes that can get mixed up. Store the device in the box provided for this purpose.
  • Do not test AquaEye® in a swimming pool. The sonar pulse will reflect off the walls like light in a hall of mirrors. As a result, your target may appear several times on the display. A safe interpretation becomes impossible.
  • Do not use multiple AquaEye®`s at the same time with a minimum distance of 100 or better 150 meters. The sonar pulses will interfere with each other and there will be no reliable results.
  • If your sidescan sonar is already in the water and actively scanning, it will interfere with the weaker sonar pulses from AquaEye®. Detection becomes impossible. The same applies to all boat sonars in the vicinity.
  • AquaEye® measures body density and volume. Some will try it and use a water rescue mannequin for experimental purposes. Experience shows that only a few are actually detected. Of course, because it is the task of AquaEye® to distinguish between human and object. Water-rescue mannequins must have the same body density as a human.
  • Water-filled or foam-filled water-rescue mannequins usually do not. Whether your water rescue mannequin works should be tested thoroughly.
  • Do not leave AquaEye® in direct sunlight for extended periods of time. Do not store AquaEye® at very high temperatures (for example in a vehicle in extremely hot conditions), doing so may result in permanent damage.
  • Do not attempt to open or disassemble AquaEye®. Doing so may result in injury or death.
  • Do not charge AquaEye® when wet and do not charge AquaEye® with charging equipment other than what is provided.
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The feedback bar shows you if you have scan gaps because you scanned too fast.


With the live cursor you can easily determine the direction of the victim


Depending on the conditions, an active scan time of 9-12 hours is possible

AQUAEYE® by Vodasafe – The Target Display Screen


With the distance mark you can easily determine the distance of the victim


The angle indicator provides you with angle information if necessary


Here you determine on which distance you want to make a first scan

PROTECT your patients after recovery – RIGLOO RESCUER – Rescue shelters, medical shelters & ambulance shelters for pre-hospital use

PROTECT your equipment with NANUK Hardcases – Of course, AQUAEYE is also stowed in a Hardcase from NANUK. But there might be more you want to protect …

MORE freedom of movement  – TABLET-EX-GEAR – Allows you to comfortably wear the tablet system on your chest. Always available, always protected

SECURE your site additionally with – CARE-FLARE – Emergency Warning and Safety- High-Power LED Flashlights and Warningbeacons