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Diver Propulsion Vehicle

Diver using a DPV alongside manta rays
Underwater view of a diver with a DPV observing a turtle
Diver exploring coral reefs with a DPV

DPV (Diver Propulsion Vehicle) Course

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Level: Intermediate

Duration : 1-2 days


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  • Day 1: DPV Handling and Maintenance
  • Day 2: Open Water Dives with DPV
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The PADI DPV course introduces you to the thrill of underwater propulsion, enabling you to cover more area with less effort. This course teaches you how to operate a Diver Propulsion Vehicle safely while exploring underwater environments. You'll learn about maintaining your DPV, planning dives, dealing with potential problems, and navigating with a DPV.

What prerequisites are needed for the DPV Course?

To enroll in the DPV course, you need to be at least a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or have a qualifying certification from another training organization and be at least 12 years old.

What will I learn in the DPV Course?

In the DPV course, you will learn how to use a diver propulsion vehicle safely and efficiently. This includes understanding the types of DPVs available, how to maintain and store them, dive planning with a DPV, and handling potential problems. You will also practice skills in an open water setting.

How does the DPV enhance my diving experience?

A DPV can significantly enhance your diving experience by allowing you to cover more ground underwater with less effort. It's particularly beneficial in strong currents, allowing for longer, more enjoyable dives. You'll be able to explore larger areas of the underwater environment in a single dive.

Are there any specific safety considerations when using a DPV?

Yes, safety is paramount when using a DPV. You'll learn about managing your gas supply, avoiding propeller hazards, understanding battery life, and the importance of maintaining a safe speed. You'll also learn how to navigate using a DPV and how to respond to emergencies or malfunctions.


PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or equivalent, Minimum age of 12

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