About the Course
If scuba diving is like taking a scenic stroll around a park, a Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) is like exploring a neighborhood on an (electric) bicycle.
DPVs, also called underwater scooters, allow you to see more, conserve air and get from one place to another faster - with a huge smile on your face.
Take This Course If You Want to
Learn How to
DPV Diving: See More, Swim Less, Smile Big
Start your DPV course online and progress at your own pace, online or offline, using a computer or mobile device.
Learn about different types of underwater scooters, their care and maintenance and how to use a DPV when diving with a buddy. If you’re thinking about buying a DPV, this course is a great place to start.
- eLearning time commitment: 2-4 hours
With Your Instructor
- Prerequisites: PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver (or qualifying entry-level-certification)
- Total time commitment: 1-2 days
- Minimum age: 12 years or older
Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Chronic health conditions, certain medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a physician before diving.
Avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a physician’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. Instructors, divemasters and dive shop staff are not physicians and should not be asked for medical advice; only medical professionals can give medical clearance to dive.
If you (or your physician) have questions about medical fitness to dive, contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN).
Minimum Age: 12
Course prerequisites: (Jr.) Open Water Diver or equivalent entry-level certification
You can complete this course locally or while travelling.
Choose a dive shop close to home to:
- Support your local diving community
- Meet dive buddies in your local area
- Learn about your local ecosystem
Choose a dive shop away from home if you:
- Plan to travel to a dive destination on holiday
- Like to meet new people when travelling
- Have the time to complete your course while on vacation
Diving From a Boat
If the vessel is large enough, you can bring your DPV on a boat dive. Always contact the operator first to ensure they have enough room and a place to secure your equipment.
Before entering the water, speak to a crew member about entry and exit procedures. Most likely, they will have you enter the water first (without your DPV) and hand it to you once you’ve signaled you’re okay. After the dive, the procedure may be reversed - you’ll hand off the DPV to a crew member, then board the boat.
This course requires both knowledge development and inwater training for certification. When you purchase PADI eLearning from our website, the cost covers the knowledge development portion only.
There is an additional cost to complete your certification with a PADI Instructor. The cost depends on class size, environment, and whether or not you need to rent equipment. Contact a PADI Dive Center or Resort for more information and pricing.
In addition to basic scuba gear, you will need a DPV. Ask your PADI Instructor or local dive shop about renting or purchasing one.
For information on other available languages please contact your PADI Dive Center.
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If you plan to be somewhere without internet access, use the PADI Training app to download course content and study offline. Content can be downloaded in small sections with a total file size of approximately 182 MB. When you get back online, upload your progress so you can resume your training right where you left off.
The PADI Training app is available for Android™ and Apple® iOS devices. For the ideal experience, devices should be no more than three models old and running with the most current OS (operating system).
The first dive of the Diver Propulsion Vehicle Specialty course may count toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification - ask your instructor about earning credit.
Your DPV Diver certification gets you one step closer to becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver™. Only two percent of divers ever achieve this elite rating.