Want to see more underwater and move with little to no effort?
Cycling through a forest on a sunny morning is very relaxing, the sounds and smells are refreshing, it’s even better when the track has a downward slope because the cycle just glides with very little effort. DPVs offer a thrilling way to see a lot of underwater territory in a brief amount of time. They scoot you through the water without kicking. Whether making a shore dive or diving from a boat, a DPV is a great way to see more and have a blast doing it.
The underwater cycle is the DPV, just gliding over the dive site with very little effort, you tend to see more because you cover more ground and you use less air because you do not have to kick so much.
A ship wreck like the Yongala is almost perfect for a DPV, a large ship wreck which lies in 30m and is prone to currents, you can cruise around the outside of the ship wreck through the schooling fish that gather there.
PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) specialty course goals
Demonstrate practical knowledge and planning procedures that make diving with a DPV fun.
Plan and organize dive to safely use diver propulsion vehicles within depths and conditions as good as or better than those in which you have been trained.
Identify the hazards of DPV diving and demonstrate the techniques and procedures required to minimize those hazards.
Use a DPV in a manner that avoids disturbing delicate marine life
What’s included in the PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) specialty course?
PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Manual
PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Chevron (badge)
Gold PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Certification Card
PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Specialty Certificate of Recognition
One day on a boat to complete the two (2) dives
Classroom time to check the knowledge review in your manual and watch the PADI Diver
Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) DVD
A pool session to practice using a Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) and review your general diving skills
Who can become a PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) specialty diver?
Junior Openwater Diver – 12-14years old – Certified Adult maximum depth 18m
Openwater Diver – 15 years up – Maximum depth 18m
What you need
Mask, Fins and Snorkel
Exposure Suit and Accessories (hood)
Weight System (weight belt/integrated weight with quick release)
Tanks (2 dives)
Regulator with SPG (submersible pressure gauge)
Alternate Air Source
BCD with low pressure inflator
Instrumentation with a means to monitor depth, time and direction
Recreational Dive Planner (RDP) or eRDPML
Diving Tool/Knife capable of cutting line
Slate and pencil
Whistle or surface signaling device
On a tight budget or schedule?
Complete your PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Diver Specialty Course on a dive by dive schedule, you could complete one dive a week for two weeks, or one dive a month for two months depending on your budget/schedule. For details on this option please speak to the Whitsunday Diving Academy team.
Questions and Schedule
For the classroom and pool you will need to bring your completed PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Diver Specialty Manual and knowledge review, swimmers, towel and dive equipment.
For the boat trip you will need lunch, water bottle, swimmers, towel, hat, sun block and dive equipment.
Any questions about the PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Diver Specialty Course or the schedule, please speak to the Whitsunday Diving Academy Team.