PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Specialty Course

Why should you attend a PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Course? What is a DPV? Is is like the underwater car from that James Bond Movie? Or is it like a human torpedo?

A Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) is like riding a motorbike, flying a plane and steering an astronaut jet pack on a space walk all rolled into one. It’s a practical underwater scooter, and for a given dive duration, you see a much wider area because you travel faster and cover more ground. A DPV does much of the work for you that you would normally do finning; it reduces your exertion and air consumption. In fact, the better DPVs perform the more useful they are. DPVs are also just a whole lot of fun! Think James Bond on an underwater mission. They offer a thrilling way for scuba divers to see a lot of underwater territory in a short amount of time, gliding over reefs, buzzing around a large wreck or weaving through a kelp forest. Whether making a shore or boat dive, a DPV is a great way to extend your adventure – going further, staying longer, and seeing more and having more fun doing it.

The Best Part

The best part about the PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Specialty Course is that once you start using them, you’ll want to have one all the time! They are just so much fun to use that you’ll never forget the experience, and always be on the lookout for the next time you can go DPV diving.

What will you learn?
In the PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle course you’ll learn about:

  • maintaining a DPV
  • planning dives, including the procedures for staying with your buddy
  • DPV-handling skills, such as making proper descents and ascents
  • potential problems and ways to deal with them

What will you do?

Under the close eye of your qualified PADI Specialty Instructor you’ll make two Open Water dives ranging  from 18 metres/60 feet to 40 metres 130 feet. Requirements will include:

  • Predive DPV preparation
  • Effective water entry with a DPV
  • Demonstrating how to operate a DPV at the surface,including proper body position, propeller clog prevention, snorkelling under power and tandem riding with your buddy
  • Demonstrating a proper descent with a DPV
  • Underwater maneuvering, changing depth and pivoting, banking & turning
  • Maintaining proper  buddy contact
  • Follow safety guidelines and recommendations
  • Proper ascent and exit with a DPV


  • Minimum age 12 years old
  • PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver

What will you get?

Apart from the awesome adrenaline rush of using a  DPV you will also attain:

  • PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Specialty Certification
  • One of the five PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Certifications to achieve the PADI Master Scuba Diver (MSD) Rating
  • The first dive of this PADI Multilevel Diver Specialty Course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Certification
  • You may be able to get college credit for the PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Specialty Course

Your Next Adventure

A favorite companion course to the PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Specialty Course is the PADI Multilevel Diver Specialty Course  and the Enriched Air Nitrox Course. If you want you can take these specialties concurrently. The Multilevel techniques are essential for you to manage your dive safely as it is easy to forget about depth and time limits while racing around on your DPV. The Enriched Air Nitrox course gives you the edge as you are able to stay down deeper, for longer on your dive objective!