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 PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher, you can enroll in the PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle course.
The PADI 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.
Prerequisites & Requirements
12 years or older
PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver (or qualifying entry-level-certification)
Approximately 2-4 hours
For information on other available languages please contact your PADI Dive Center.
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 PADI Instructor or local">https://locator.padi.com">local dive center staff which DPVs are available, and what other additional equipment you may need for your scuba diving exploration with a DPV.
Start learning now with PADI's home-study materials - Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Diver eLearning. Read and watch video about DPV diving, then interact with knowledge checks in preparation for meeting with your PADI Instructor to schedule your two DPV dives. Stop by your local PADI Dive Center or Resort to enroll in the course and speak with your instructor if you have any questions about the course content.