SDI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Specialty

SDI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Specialty

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SDI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Specialty

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.

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:

      • Physics
        • 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


      • 2 Dives (1 Day)

      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
      Also, the SDI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Diver certification counts towards a single specialty rating to achieve the SDI Advanced Diver Development Program.

        Minimum requirements:

        • Students are required to successfully complete the following:
          • Satisfactorily complete the SDI Deep Diver Knowledge Quests with a passing score of 80%, followed by 100% remediation by the Instructor
          • Complete all open water requirements efficiently
          • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution

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