Whether you’re a seasoned drone hobbyist, new to the flight arena or a grandparent looking to purchase a child his first RC flying device, considering a waterproof drone is a great idea.
The waterproof features on the models below allow freedom of flight beyond fields and backyards to rivers, oceans and lakes. You can also get awesome underwater shots, and the fun need not end if it starts to sprinkle.
Here´s the thing:
The selection of drones that can handle water is still quite small.
we have found some cool options in different price classes.
Check out our reviews of water resistant quadcopters below or click on one in our quick list to check the price.
Quick List of Best Waterproof Drones 2017
- Splash Drone 3 Auto Version
- Goolsky Q353 Triphibian Quadcopter
- Parrot Hydrofoil
- JJRC H31 Waterproof Drone
- GP Toys NextX H2O Quadcopter
- ProDrone PD4-AW Quadcopter
1. Splash Drone 3 Auto 4K
The Splash Drone 3 Auto is the latest version of the Splash Drone. It can float on water, fly in rain, land on water and surf on the water.
The Splash Drone also has follow me functionality, which makes it a great camera drone choice for water sports, like surfing, kite boarding, and water skiing. The waterproof camera shoots 4K under water.
Additional Fishing and Lifesaver Module
This drone has an additional 1 kg payload release module, that can be used for fishing or water rescue. You can use it to cast a bait in the ocean, or even lift up small fish.
The Splash drone can also deliver an automatically inflating life preserver to swimmers.
I suspect this module has to be purchased as an add on. I am not really sure about that.
The Splash Drone Auto comes with a 2 axis waterproof gimbal for stable camera and video shots with its 4K camera.
Skim this quadcoptor over water for great underwater footage with your waterproof camera attached to the gimbal for vivid shots.
You get live video feed and real time data on the new all in one controller.
Download the app for android devices for more control options. Comes with a “return to home” function to prevent loss during malfunction.
2.GP Toys NextX H2O Aviax Drone
This is a great little starter drone for water or land.
With up to 20 centimeters of diving, waterproof power, this drone makes a perfect starter choice and lots of fun if you want to get underwater footage.
On-board colorful LED lights makes night flights and underwater glow really nice.
The LCD transmitter displays battery life, speed and other flight data.
It is recommended to avoid flying on extremely windy days, as it is a quite small quadcopter.
It can do a 360 degree flip, has cruise control and headless mode.
60 minutes for charge time (after a 30 minute cool-down period recommended by the manufacturer.
The drone is about the size of a dinner plate and can be controlled from over 300 feet away. It has reliable customer service that will respond to questions or concerns within 24 hours
3. Parrot Hydrofoil MiniDrone – New Z
This mini drone requires no FAA registration, so fly away!
It’s designed for freshwater use and can reach speeds up to 6 mph on the water and 11 mph in the air.
You can download the FreeFlight app from Google Play to access more tricks and maneuvers.
Take aeriel photos during the drone’s flight with the embedded camera.
The shock resistant design allows this model to hover over water or fly over land or indoors.
Control the device from about twenty meters away. This style is controlled by the FreeFlight app, which is kept up-to-date by the company. 25 minutes for charge time.
4. Goolsky Q353 Triphibian
The Goolsky Q353 is a pretty cool and unique toy drone. You can sail it on the water, like an amphibian car, and take off with ease. You can even let it run on land.
The Goolsky Q353 is completely waterproof. You can dump it on its head in the water, and it will float back up.
It has one key return to home, and come with a remote control that give you the data you need.
Yes, it is a toy drone, but it the way you can alter between water, land and air makes it quite unique.
It has a range of 150 meters, and will stay up in the air for around 6-7 minutes.
5. JJRC H31
This is a great drone for beginners. It is very durable, and keeps flying even if you take a hit.
The drone is also surprisingly fast and moves very well. It flies smooth and is very easy to fly.
It can fly around 80 meters high. Because of its size, it does not fly very well in windy conditions.
JJRC H31 can do 360 flips.
I would call this a sport quadcopter, and it is quite maneuverable.
It has a pretty standard JJRC transmitter, with a one key return.
Although it is water resistant, you probably should not land it in the water if can be avoided. There are some holes in the design.
All in all this is a very cool sporty waterproof quadcopter. It flies fast, and is a great choice for beginners, and you can keep flying over water or even if it rains.
The QUADH2O will set you back around $2800 for the ready to fly variant, but you get a drone that will land on water and shoot great videos.
It has an included FPV mini camera, but you can also use your favorite action camera, like GoPro Hero 3, 3+ or 4.
It can reach speeds of up to 45 mph and has GPS positioning.
You get FPV to the controller and the 7″ color monitor.
There is an optional waterproof gimbal that you can get. This will reduce the flight time though, to around 7 or 8 minutes from the normal 12 minutes.
7. ProDrone PD4-AW
PRODRONE is a Japanese drone manufacturer, that has developed a pretty wide range of commercial drones.
Their ProDrone PD4-AW is a quadcopter that can make water surface landings. It has a payload of 3.5 kilos.
The quadcopter is waterproof and capable of amphibious landing.
You can actually connect a cable to the quadcopter which can keep it flying for an unlimited time.
You can customize it for laying cables and land surveying.
They dont seem to have a shop and obviously target businesses more than consumers with their drones. For more info check out their website.