TDI Driver Propulsion Diver (DPV)


The purpose of the TDI Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Course is to familiarize divers with the skills, knowledge, planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems, and hazards of using DPV’s while technical diving. Upon successful completion of the TDI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Specialty training, the student will be able to: demonstrate comprehension of the practical knowledge necessary for DPV diving, properly plan and safely conduct DPV dives, and implement techniques and procedures to manage and minimize DPV diving hazards.

Who this course is for:

  • The certified technical diver looking to extend their range and take advantage of the benefits of utilizing a DPV on technical dives

Course Duration:

Courses should not be treated as a race or something that can be skipped through quickly. Please remember training does not guarantee certification, we need to ensure you fully understand the training and will be a safe diver on certification. We follow a loved one clause that when certified we would be happy you could safely dive with one of our loved ones.

  • The e-learning and academic portion of this course should be completed before starting in water training and exercises. The duration of this piece is dependant on your availability. During this time our instructors are on hand to assist with questions or any element you may struggle with.
  • For many courses the swimming pool or confined water sessions give us time to practice and carry out skills in a controlled environment. We do not fix specific number of pool sessions as it is dependant on your comfort level with skills before moving to open water.
  • The open water element is again determined more by time in water rather than number of dives. We prefer longer dives building experience rather than quick short 20 minute 'dips'.
We will strive to meet your timelines and requirements where possible and will always be dependant on student availability to attend sessions.


Course prerequisites & forms:

  • Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent
  • Certified as an SDI Open Water Scuba Diver or equivalent
  • Proof of at least 25 logged dives 

Medical Form
Liability Release 

What you can expect to learn:

The following topics must be covered during this course:
    • Motivations for DPV diving
    • Advantages of DPV use
    • Equipment considerations
      • DPV options
      • DPV components
      • Rated burn time
      • Care and maintenance
      • DPV rigging
    • Problem solving procedures
      • DPV malfunction or failure
      • Towing
      • Gas sharing with DPVs
      • Entanglement
      • Collision avoidance
      • Team separation
    • Environmental considerations
      • Appropriate vs. inappropriate dive locations
      • Suitable environmental conditions
      • Low impact DPV use
    • DPV diving techniques
      • Buoyancy and trim with DPV
      • Instigating directional and depth changes
      • DPV “parking”
      • DPV courtesy and etiquette
    • Dive planning and gas management
      • Turn time, turn distance, and turn pressure
      • Gas mix(es) and NDL’s or decompression obligations
    Required Skill Performance and Graduation Requirements
      The student must perform the following S-drill and skills during all dives:
        • Demonstrate adequate pre-dive planning
        • Equipment check and equipment matching
        • Bubble check
        • Demonstrate specialized propulsion techniques in varying types of flow
        • Demonstrate proper buoyancy control
        • Demonstrate proper body posture
        • Demonstrate proper stress analysis (detection and management)
        The student must perform the following in-water skills during dives:
          • Proper use of DPV
          • Gas sharing ascent with DPVs clipped off
          • Ascent with a disabled DPV
          • Tow a team member and his disabled DPV

          What’s in it for you?

          Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in DPV diving activities without direct supervision so long as the following limits are adhered to:
            • Safety and decompression stops as appropriate or necessary
            • Planned dives do not exceed diver’s current certification level

            How to take this course?

            • Availability to start every week. 
            • Get in touch with us by phone, whatsapp, facebook or e-mail
            • You can also add to shopping cart and pay online using ideal, credit card or paypal.

            Price & Value:

            TDI Driver Propulsion Diver (DPV) - €700,00

            *Fully inclusive of all e-learning, training and certification on successful completion.

            We focus on and are proud of the skill level, knowledge, decision making, experience and readiness of divers to dive at levels which they have been trained. We want to invest in you, your safety and ability to dive, then come home with amazing stories.

            Our courses are priced as such and we do not hide additional costs. We are are very flexible for training, especially in terms of dates or location as we know we all have busy lives and work commitments. However if for reasons outside of weather, illness or other such emergencies a course/training can not be completed in the standard training schedule we will charge for extra days at €150,00 per day.