SDI 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
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
- 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
- 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
Also, the SDI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Diver certification counts towards a single specialty rating to achieve the SDI Advanced Diver Development Program.
How do I take this course?
- Sign up and receive your online code
- Once you complete the online portion schedule the class, pool, or open water dives as required.
- Course Cost:
- $139.95 for class & certification card once earned.
- $90.00 Instructor Fee - Includes 2 open water dives (Tanks and Weights Included).
- $90.00 DPV Rental for 2 Dives
- Dive count is the minimum required amount of dives to successfully complete the course. If additional dives are required they are $45.00 per dive and include tanks and weights.
- Not included are Rental Equipment and Trip Costs. Trip costs include transportation, lodging, boat fees, park fees, food and beverage, etc.