Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Diver

Deep Propulsion Vehicle offers a thrilling way to see a lot of underwater territory in a brief amount of time. They scoot you through the water without kicking.

Want to visit that offshore reef for the beach?

This course is designed to introduce divers to the skills and excitement of using Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV). Both theory and hands-on, in water sessions are used to familiarize you with the planning and procedures associated with using a DPV.


Your PADI DPV Diver program includes two open water dives, which may be conducted in one day.  The first dive allows you to practise basic vehicle handling skills and the second dive prompts you to plan and execute a typical DPV dive.

During the program, you cover the knowledge and techniques used when diving with an underwater propulsion vehicle.


The DPV elective dive from the Adventures in Diving program may be counted toward the certification requirements of this specialty, at the discretion of the instructor.

PADI DPV topics:

  • The planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of diving with a DPV.
  • Equipment considerations including but not limited to battery care, maintenance and precaution.
  • Proper procedures for determining a turn-around point.
  • Vehicle failure, runaway motor, descent and ascent techniques and avoiding propeller entanglement.
  • Techniques to avoid harming fragile aquatic life and techniques to enter and exit water with a DPV.


Minimum age of 12 years and a certified Open Water Diver


PADI Dolphin Diver’s Propulsion Vehicle, Manual Book, DPV use, Certification card, Wall certification.

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