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TDI Tech Diver Propulsion Vehicle
TDI Tech Diver Propulsion Vehicle
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TDI Tech Diver Propulsion Vehicle

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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.

The following topics will 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


      Day 1 Theory review and 2 dives
      *Actual dive sites subject to tides and weather 


      • TDI eLearning and certification fee
      • DPV hire
      • 2 Shore Dives


      • Scuba Gear Hire, click here for our rental price
      • Dive Medical (if required), some medical conditions may affect you from diving. For example, heart disease, asthma, or epilepsy. Please inform us prior to reservation if you suffer from any medical condition that may affect your diving


      • Course prerequisites: Open Water Scuba Diver, Junior Open Water Scuba Diver, or equivalent
      • Complete knowledge development before the course starts
      • Fitness to Dive: You must review Dive Medical Requirements and Fitness to Dive information prior to the commencement of the course. If you have answered "yes" to any question on your dive medical form, you are required to provide us with a signed document, stating that you are "fit to dive" from a medical practitioner before your course start date. Please email us a copy of your diver medical at least 7 days prior to course commencement
      • Age: Minimum Age is 12 years. All students under 18 years of age will require parent/guardian consent at the beginning of your course.
      • What you need to bring: Sunscreen, Swimwear, Towel, Lunch
      By purchasing our course, you agree to our Terms and Conditions of the Open Water Course.

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