• Diver Propulsion Vehicle Diver

Diver Propulsion Vehicle Diver

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.

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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:


  • 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

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