SDI DPV

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.

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

Course Equipment Requirements

  • Basic Scuba Equipment
  • Diver Propulsion Vehicle

Course Prerequisites

  • SDI Open Water Scuba Diver or equivalent
  • Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent

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