About the International Submarine Races
The International Submarine Races were conceived
as an engineering competition to foster engagement in the ocean engineering
and science disciplines by young students. This was to address the developing
shortfall in maritime engineering and sciences necessary for the economic success
of participating nations. An engineering competition was chosen as the method
to attract these students into these career fields.
Each team must develop a one or two-person "wet"
submarine. Crew members breathe SCUBA from the air supply carried aboard. Each
sub is unique, designed from "scratch," and relies upon novel techniques for
propulsion and guidance.
The International Submarine Race's TM
specific goals are:
inspire students of the various engineering disciplines to delve into broad
areas of underwater technology advancement and to provide them an educational
experience that translates their theoretical knowledge into reality.
advances in subsea vehicle hydrodynamic, propulsion and life support systems.
public awareness of the challenges people face in working in and exploring
the ocean depths.
International Submarine Races has had over 2500 contestants
in 297 teams building 231 submarines (including modifications) to date. These
teams are comprised of contestants from 9 countries. The first human-powered
International Submarine Race TM (ISR) was held in 1989 at Singer Island off
Riviera Beach, Florida and drew 17 boats. ISR 2 grew to 35 sub team entries
in 1991. ISR 3 in 1993 off Ft. Lauderdale drew 44 submarine teams. The 1995
design competition, ISR 4, was the first in a controlled environment and was
held at the NAVAL Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) - Carderock Division. NSWC Carderock
has graciously hosted the races every other year since, and it has growth to
19 teams competing in 2013 with 21 boats entered.
Contestants include universities, high schools, individuals
and research labs. Various awards are given out at each ISR, including ones
for best overall performance, innovation, speed by category, best use of composite
materials and spirit of the race.