Diver Propulsion Vehicle

Diver Propulsion Vehicle

Tuition: $200
Includes: Training, certification card and SubGravity DPV rental
Duration: Personal online study time; 2 open water checkout dives.
Needed: Training materials; all scuba equipment; responsible for own transportation and lodging at open water site.
Pre-requisites: Open Water Diver
Min. Age: 15 yrs

For those divers wishing to go a little father or a little faster the SDI Diver Propulsion Vehicle course (DPV) is the perfect course. This course is also ideal for divers needing a little assistance getting through the water due to leg problems.

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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.

While taking the course your SDI Instructor will teach you about:

  • Battery burn times
  • Selecting a DPV
  • Ear equalizations
  • Descents
  • Ascents
  • Care and maintenance of the DPV

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

What you can expect to learn:

The SDI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Diver Course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • Physics
    • Pressure review
    • Review of air embolisms and decompression theory
    • Review of ascents/descents with regards to pressure changes
    • Review dive tables and computers
    • Diver propulsion vehicle (DPV) considerations
  • Advantages of using a diver propulsion vehicle (DPV)
    • Features to consider when choosing a DPV
    • Types of DPVs
    • Accessories
  • Overview of DPVs used for this Course
    • Maximizing battery life
    • Battery safety tips
    • Maintenance, storing and transporting
    • Dive planning and safety considerations
    • Air consumption and decompression
    • Battery endurance
    • Determining the turn-around time point
  • Safety considerations
    • Vehicle failure
    • Depth and descent/ascent considerations
    • Avoiding propeller entanglements and obstructions
  • Using the Buddy System SDI Instructor Manual
  • Diver propulsion vehicle (DPV) use
    • Pre-dive preparation
    • Water entries
    • DPV use at the surface
    • Riding tandem
    • Orientation and descent procedures
    • Ascent and exit procedures
    • Post dive maintenance

Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:

  • Dive plan
  • Proper entry
  • Surface use of DPV
  • Descent with DPV
  • Underwater tour
  • Monitor DPV and air consumption
  • Ascent and exit
  • Log dive

What’s in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in diving activities without direct supervision of the SDI Instructor so long as the following limits are adhered to:

  • The diving activities approximate those of training
  • The areas of activities approximate those of training
  • Environmental conditions approximate those of training

Also, the SDI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Diver certification counts towards a single specialty rating to achieve the SDI Advanced Diver Development Program.

Please contact us for further information or to sign up for this class.