Diver Propulsion Vehicle
Who should take this course?
DPVs offer a thrilling way for scuba divers to see a lot of underwater territory in a short amount of time. They scoot you through the water allowing you to glide over reefs, buzz around a large wreck or weave through a kelp forest. Whether making a shore or boat dive, a DPV is a great way to see more and have fun doing it.
If you’re at least 12 years old and a (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher, you can enroll in the PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle course.
What will you learn?
The Diver Propulsion Vehicle course guides you in choosing the right DPV for you. You’ll make two dives and learn about:
Maintaining your DPV.
How to plan dives, including procedures for staying with your buddy.
DPV-handling skills, such as making proper descents and ascents.
Potential problems and ways to deal with them.
Also, the first dive of this Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your instructor about earning credit.
How can you start learning now?
Get a Deep Diver manual or a Crew-Pak that includes your manual and video by contacting us to enroll in the course.
What scuba gear will you use?
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 Instructor or local dive center staff which DPVs are available, and what other additional equipment you may need for your scuba diving exploration with a DPV.
Dive deeper and earn your next certification:
Enroll in a Deep Diver course
Browse the our Course Catalog for related specialty diver course, such as Wreck Diver, Multilevel Diver or Drift Diver.
Look for scuba diving vacations to deep diving destinations.
Check out the Master Scuba Diver rating.