Diver Propulsion Vehicle Diver

  • Two Divers using DPV's
  • Seadoo DPV

Underwater scooters are both practical – for a given dive duration, you see a wider area because you travel faster and cover more ground – and it’s fun – the DPV does much of the work for you; it reduces your exertion and air consumption. In fact, the better DPVs perform the more fun they are and the more useful they are. The only downside to DPVs is that once you start using them, you’ll want to have one all the time! Keeping that thought, the philosophy of this course is to focus on extending the adventure – going further, staying longer, and seeing more – on all your dives with an underwater propulsion vehicle. Thus, the goal of this course is to teach student divers a systematic, methodical approach to enjoying a DPV. Student divers will develop the techniques involved in diving with a DPV within recre- ational limits and while avoiding disturbing delicate marine life.

The best way to learn underwater scooter procedures and to apply them is by doing it. This course philosophy therefore, expands student diver knowledge about choosing the right DPV by looking at types and features, DPV maintenance and transportation, DPV dive planning and safety, and DPV diving procedures. Stu- dent divers will also learn how to plan and organize a safe DPV diving experience, the basic techniques of using a DPV, the problems and hazards of diving with a DPV, and how to interact responsibly with the aquatic life they’ll see while using a DPV. Student divers will apply the knowledge they gain by reading the PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Manual and watching the companion video with at least two open water dives practicing and demonstrating the practical aspects of diving with an underwater propulsion vehicle.

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Important Info

Summary info about the 'Diver Propulsion Vehicle Diver' course:

Prerequisite Certification:

  • Open Water Diver
  • Junior Open Water Diver

Minimum Age:


Equipment Requirements:

  • DPV Vehicle

Course Content:

  • 1 Confined Water Dive (Optional)
  • 2 Open Water Dives
  • Knowledge Reviews
  • Course Video (Optional)



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