About Us

Who Are We?

SUBC UBC’s Human Powered Submarine Team is a team of undergraduate students, mostly engineers from a variety of different departments including mechanical, integrated, electrical, civil and engineering physics.

As a team we design, build, and race single occupant submarines propelled entirely by the pilot. We are currently designing Skookumchuck Mk. VI to compete in the 2020 European International Submarine Races.  It is water filled meaning that the occupants require SCUBA gear in order to breathe. The submarine is made of many systems, all of which are designed by the team members.

Our primary goal is to provide team members with the opportunity to gain useful practical experience.  SUBC allows students the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to a practical problem, to gain experience with project and budget management, and to encourage a hands-on design approach that will benefit them in future design challenges.

SUBC also has the opportunity to promote post-secondary education through exhibitions and display venues such as Science World and the Vancouver International Boat Show. Our project captures the interest of young students and demonstrates to them the exciting side of science and engineering. Lastly, our goal is to continuously improve the sub and come out victorious in one of the most competitive competitions in the world.

“A human-powered submarine is so ridiculous and impractical that outside of this competition, they are virtually nonexistent. You’d be hard-pressed to find a vehicle that presents more difficulties. It’s exactly this impracticality, however, that makes the competition such a magnet for engineers who love a good puzzle.”