Diver Propulsion Vehicle

Diver Propulsion Vehicle


The SDI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Diver Course is designed to train divers in the use of a Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) and familiarize them with the skills, knowledge, planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems, and hazards of using a DPV in a non-overhead environment.

The DPV that this course is intended for are expedition grade and not the type that you use in your backyard swimming pool.

Who this course is for

  • The certified diver looking to maximize the amount of area they can cover during a dive by using a DPV
  • Individuals that may have limited use of their legs for diving

Course prerequisites

  • SDI Open Water Scuba Diver or equivalent
  • Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent
  • Recommended 10 or more logged dives, some of which must be recent (with-in the last 6 months)
  • Cold water experience. In order to complete this course locally you should have some dive experience in cold water prior to this course.

What you can expect to learn

  • Physics and physiology review
  • Effects of pressure on the body and potential injuries
  • Ascents and descents
  • Advantages of using a diver propulsion vehicle (DPV)
  • Considerations when choosing a DPV
  • DPV protocols: batteries, safety, maintenance, storage, transporting
  • Dive planning while using a DPV
  • Safety considerations and buddy considerations

Certification Requirements

  • Classroom Training: Hands-on classroom training must be completed prior to the open water training
  • Open Water Dives: With a qualified instructor, students will complete two dives in an open water environment

Course fees do not include gear, tanks, airfills, travel, accommodations, training materials.