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.


Get credit! The first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your 
Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your instructor about earning credit.

Who should take this course?

What will you learn?

Stop by Southern Maryland Divers, LLC to enroll in the course, pick up your Diver Propulsion Vehicle Manual and Diver Propulsion Vehicle video and start learning. By studying independently, you’re better prepared to get in the water with your instructor and start “scootering.”

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 at least 12 years old and a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher, you can enroll in the PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle course.

How can you start learning now?

What scuba gear will you use?

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Course Details

This course can be taught at any of our Quarry Checkout Weekends. Course fee includes instruction and rental of a DPV for the course. Course is limited to available DPV's.


Course Fee: $149.95 

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PADI diver propulsion vehicle course

Of course, you’ll need a DPV along with your basic scuba equipment. If you have your own DPV, your instructor will have you complete all your training using it. Ask your PADI Instructor or Southern Maryland Divers, LLC staff which DPVs are available, and what other additional equipment you may need for your scuba diving exploration with a DPV.