I am, admittedly, a very weak swimmer, and at this point in my life I donā€™t see myself signing up for Summer swim lessons. So I completely endorse this alternative approach to getting comfortable in the water: building a jet-powered wet suit that lets you cruise faster than Michael Phelps.

On land, the suit is heavy and bulky, with an electric motor-driven propeller attached to all four limbs, and a hefty set of batteries strapped to the swimmerā€™s back. But once you slide into the water, the setup can propel even the worst of swimmers at impressive speeds. It might be as close as you could ever get to a real-life Iron Man suit, as long as you can hold your breath while battling the baddies under the sea.

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