Scooter / DPV

Want to enjoy longer dives, explore further and cover a large area? The SSI Scooter/DPV Specialty program is the best course for you. Your legs can only take you so far, but with an underwater scooter or diver propulsion vehicle (DPV), you can enjoy easy diving every time. In this DPV course, you’ll learn all you need to safely use DPVs and earn this specialty certification.

Facts and Training Standards

If you want to make the most of your bottom time and have more fun on your dives, try underwater scooter or DPV diving. Your legs can only cover so much distance before you get low on air. But underwater scooters and diver propulsion vehicles (DPVs) put an end to that problem. With scooters and DPVs, you can enjoy easier dives and lower air consumption, so you can explore for longer and further, following your nose wherever you choose to go. In this underwater scooter and DPV course, you’ll learn the skills and concepts you need to safely plan and conduct dives using scooters or DPVs. You’ll learn the special precautions needed for using DPVs, how to maintain buddy contact and control your equipment, so you can safely enjoy the new dive experiences DPVs provide. Upon completion of this program, you’ll earn the SSI Scooter/DPV Diving Specialty certification and be able to dive up to 30 meters deep with a scooter or diver propulsion vehicle.

Minimum Age for Participation 15
Available as Junior Program Yes
Minimum Age (Junior Program) Not applicable / mandatory
Certification Prerequisites Not applicable / mandatory
Amount of Academic Sessions Not applicable / mandatory
Amount of Pool/Confined Water Sessions 1
Amount of Open Water Dives 2
Maximum Training Depth 30m / 100ft
Suggested Duration of the Training Program 10 - 15 h



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