PADI DPV Specialty Course
Divers Propulsion Vehicles. DPVs offer a thrilling way to see a lot of underwater territory in a brief amount of time. They scoot you through the water without kicking. Whether making a shore dive or diving from a boat, a DPV is a great way to see more and have a blast doing it.
A DPV will allow you to cover a lot more territory in a short space of time. It will motor you through the water allowing you to buzz around a large ship wreck, or glide over a coral reef and is a great way to see more, whilst having lots of fun.
The Fun Part
Fun? Underwater scooters (DPVs) are a kick! It’s all fun.
What do I need to start?
Be a minimum of PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organisation)
Minimum age: 12 years old
What will I do?
You’ll learn: Diver propulsion vehicle dive planning organisation, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards Equipment considerations Diver etiquette and how to avoid harming fragile aquatic life
How long will it take?
Recommended Course Hours: 12.
Minimum Open Water Training: two dives over one day
What will I need?
Of course, you’ll need a DPV along with your basic scuba equipment. If you have your own DPV, your instructor will have you complete all your training using it. Ask your PADI Instructor or local dive centre staff which DPVs are available, and what other additional equipment you may need for your scuba diving exploration with a DPV.
Whether you’re interested in purchasing a DPV or you’re the proud owner of a new underwater jetpack, PADI’s DPV Diver materials provide a comprehensive overview of this exciting area of diving. The Diver Propulsion Vehicle Manual and video on DVD cover DPV maintenance, battery care, proper transportation, dive planning considerations and troubleshooting.
Where can I go from here?
DPVs can come in handy when wreck diving because they let you tour more of the wreck, plus reduce your air consumption. You may want to consider the PADI Wreck Diver course while working your way to Master Scuba Diver.