Diver Propulsion Vehicle

Diver Propulsion Vehicle

The Course

​Diver Propulsion Vehicles (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 a Open Water Diver who is at least 12 years old, you can enroll in the Diver Propulsion Vehicle specialty course.

​The Learning

​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.

​Also, the first dive of the Diver Propulsion Vehicle course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask us about earning credit.


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​Get Started

​Stop by or call us to enroll in the course and get the PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle eLearning. By studying before the dives, you’ll be better prepared to start practicing your DPV skills when you go diving with your Instructor.

​The Gear

​Beyond using basic scuba equipment, you’ll need a DPV. If you have your own DPV, your instructor will have you complete all your training using it. Your instructor will let you know which DPVs are available, and what other additional equipment you may need for your scuba diving exploration with a DPV. DPVs are also available to rent.

​The Next Step

​With your PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle certification, you’re well on your way toward earning additional specialty diver certifications, the Advanced Open Water Diver certification, or the prestigious Master Scuba Diver certification. You may want to expand your diving skills even more with the Rescue Diver course. Ask your instructor or divemaster, stop by either International Scuba location, or give us a call for more details.