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Diver Propulsion Vehicle

The Course

Diver Propulsion Vehicles (DPVs) offer a thrilling way for scuba divers to see a lot of underwater territory in a short amount of time. They scoot you through the water allowing you to glide over reefs, buzz around a large wreck or weave through a kelp forest. Whether making a shore or boat dive, a DPV is a great way to see more and have fun doing it.




If you’re a Open Water Diver who is at least 12 years old, you can enroll in the Diver Propulsion Vehicle specialty course.

The Learning

The PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle course guides you in choosing the right DPV for you. You’ll make two dives and learn about:

  • Maintaining your DPV.

  • How to plan dives, including procedures for staying with your buddy.

  • DPV-handling skills, such as making proper descents and ascents.

  • Potential problems and ways to deal with them.

Also, the first dive of the Diver Propulsion Vehicle course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask us about earning credit.

Important Medical Information


All student divers are required to complete the PADI/RSTC Medical Statement Participant Record form. If you can answer "YES" to one or more of the questions in the Divers Medical Questionnaire section of this form, then you are required to obtain a physician's release, without conditions or restrictions, before participating in any in-water component of the course. Please read the complete details and download the form here.


If you have a copy of this form signed by a physician within 12 months prior to the expected completion date of your course, and your medical history has not changed, then you may provide a copy of it to your instructor. Otherwise, you will need to complete a new form.


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Get Started

Stop by or call Scuba Frisco at 214-227-2494 to enroll in the course and get the PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Crew-Pak that includes your manual and video. By studying before the dives, you’ll be better prepared to start practicing your DPV skills when you go diving with your Instructor.

Diver Propulsion Vehicle Course Schedule

Please stop by or give us a call to schedule your course.

Student Agreement: By registering for the Diver Propulsion Vehicle Course, you indicate that you have read and agree to the course policies, terms and conditions.


The Gear

Beyond using basic scuba equipment, you’ll need a DPV.  If you have your own DPV, your instructor will have you complete all your training using it. Your instructor will let you know which DPVs are available, and what other additional equipment you may need for your scuba diving exploration with a DPV. DPVs are also available to rent.

The Next Step

With your PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle certification, you're well on your way toward earning additional specialty diver certifications, the Advanced Open Water Diver certification, or the prestigious Master Scuba Diver certification. You may want to expand your diving skills even more with the Rescue Diver course. Ask your instructor or divemaster, stop by Scuba Frisco, or give us a call for more details.

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