PADI Dive Propulsion Vehicle Course

Course Introduction

Dive propulsion vehicles or DPV as we call them in the diving world, are underwater scooters that make diving easy. DPV are one of the coolest ways to get around underneath the water. No more fighting with the current or having to swim let the DPV lead the way. As you are flying through the water effortlessly. You’ll wonder why you waited so long to take this course.

This course covers the knowledge and techniques for diving with an underwater propulsion vehicle. To include the following:

1. The planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems, and hazards of diving with a underwater propulsion vehicle.

2. Equipment considerations including but not limited to battery care, maintenance and precautions.

3. Proper procedures for: determining a turnaround point, vehicle failure, runaway motor, descents and ascents and avoiding propeller entanglements.

4. Techniques to avoid harming fragile aquatic life.

5. Techniques for entering and exiting the water with a DPV.

Course Overview

The purpose of the PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Specialty course is to familiarize divers with the skills, knowledge, planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems, hazards and excitement of using DPVs. Upon completing the PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Specialty training, the student should be able to:

1. Demonstrate practical knowledge and planning procedures that make diving with a DPV fun.

2. Plan and organize dives to safely use diver propulsion vehicles within depths and conditions as good as or better than those in which the student has been trained.

3. Identify the hazards of DPV diving and demonstrate the techniques and procedures required to minimize those hazards.



The PADI Dive Propulsion Vehicle Course begins with independent study and knowledge development. Students will begin by watching the PADI Dive Propulsion Vehicle video. Then Students will read and complete all knowledge reviews inside of their PADI Dive Propulsion Vehicle Specialty Manual. Your instructor will review your knowledge reviews during your classroom session.


Open Water Training Dives

Open Water Training Dive 1

By the end of this dive, the student should be able to:
• Demonstrate the appropriate pre-dive preparation of the DPV used in the course.

• Demonstrate an effective water entry with a DPV for the conditions present.

• Demonstrate how to operate a DPV while at the surface, including proper body position, preventing clogging the propeller, snorkeling under power and riding in tandem with a buddy.

• Demonstrate how to make a proper descent with a DPV.

• Demonstrate underwater maneuvering, including: a straight and steady course while gradually changing depth, and making pivot and banking turns.

• Demonstrate the ability to maintain proper buddy contact while using a DPV.

• Demonstrate the ability to follow the safety guidelines and recommendations previously discussed while using a DPV.

• Demonstrate how to make a proper ascent and exit the water when using a DPV based on the conditions present.

• Demonstrate the proper post-dive maintenance of the DPV used in the course.

Open Water Training Dive 2

After this dive, the student should be able to:
• Demonstrate the ability to independently plan and execute a dive
using a DPV according to the procedures and safety guidelines provided
in the course.

    course duration

    The total course duration is approximately 12 hours typically conducted over 2 to 3 classes. For more information on specific scheduling for this course please click on the calendar below.


    Recommended Additional Training (optional)

    We suggest that all divers enrolling in PADI Specialty Course take the PADI Enriched Air Scuba Diver Course first in order to increase bottom time during your training dives.

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Course Prerequisites

    prerequisite training

    Be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver, Junior Open Water Diver or have a qualifying certification from another training organization.


    Age requirements

    PADI Minimum Age Requirement is 12 years old.

    depth restrictions

    The maximum depth is 30 meters/100 feet and for Junior Divers (12-14 years old) the maximum depth is 21 meters/70 feet.


    required Books

    The PADIDive Propulsion Vehicle Crewpak

    Crewpak: includesDive Propulsion Vehicle DVD and Specialty Manual.


    required equipment

    Standard SCUBA Gear: Mask, Fins, Snorkel, Compass, Dive Computer or Dive Watch, Knife, Safety Sausage, Communication Slate, Safety Whistle, Dive Lights, BCD, Regulators with Submersible Pressure Gauge, Tanks, Weights, Gloves and Wetsuit if required(during winter classes).

    Rental equipment is not included in this class. If you need to rent equipment please do not forget to select the rental equipment you will need when you book your course.

    All Students Are Required to Have a Dive Computer or Dive Watch for all courses.


    waivers and liability releases

    All participants must sign the following PADI release prior to any in water training. Parent or guardian signature is requiredfor participants younger than legal age for all PADI programs.



    Certification means you're qualified to:

    1.Plan, organize, make and log recreational dives using a DPV in conditions generally comparable to or better than those in which you were trained.

    2. Apply for the Master Scuba Diver rating if you are a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or have a qualifying certification from another organization) and a PADI Rescue Diver (or have a qualifying certification from another organization) with a certification in four other PADI Specialty ratings.

PADI Course Cost, Location and Schedule

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    We offer private lessons seven days a week. Sign up today and start diving tomorrow. We offer group lessons twice a month. Check the course schedule for more details.

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Youth Diving Responsibility and Risk

Parents and Junior Divers Must Watch This Video Together