Diving is all about exploring underwater and divers are full of curiosity for what they might find. Ask any diver and they are sure to tell you they wish they could stay under longer on every dive. If you could cover more ground within your time limits wouldn’t it be great? This is exactly what becomes possible if you learn to use a Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV).
What is a DPV?
Sometimes called an underwater scooter, DPVs were developed during WWII and were based on torpedo technologies. DPVs are used by divers to increase range underwater in military and recreational diving. They are also fantastic for carrying larger pieces of equipment with minimum effort.
Recreational DPVs are lightweight and more streamlined than ever. They are easy and safe to use with a short training and are great fun as well.
What does DPV training entail?
The PADI Specialty DPV training course offered by Gangga Divers at Lotus Bungalows Candidasa is a basic course for those with diving experience. Divers must be at least 12 years old and have at least 2 Open Water dives under their belt.
The course is done in 1 day and teaches divers about operating a DPV. This requires a little effort to learn about monitoring depth and buoyancy, breathing gas and navigation all at the same time. Of course these are basic diving skills, but they can take some getting used to while moving.
Moving at higher speeds also means learning to maneuver faster and be more aware of surroundings. Changes in visibility will require adjustments of speed and careful avoidance of coral, rock formations, and marine life.
Being in control of the DPV at all times is absolutely imperative. If a diver loses control of the vehicle it can result in damage to surrounding marine life, diver injuries, and even decompression sickness if the diver ascends or descends too quickly.
Limitations of DPVs
Traveling underwater in tight spaces or with low visibility can mean more accidents. Impacts with surroundings in these situations are more likely than at manpowered speeds. This is where thorough training on a PADI DPV course is essential.
Divers may also miss skittish marine life and also those that are well camouflaged as they pass at higher speeds. Macro photography is also very difficult while using a DPV.
Finally, and this isn’t so much of an issue in the warm waters around Bali, but divers may find themselves becoming colder when using a DPV. They are not propelling themselves so are expending less energy, resulting in a cooler body temperature. A thicker wetsuit may be needed to compensate for this.
With the right training these limitations are easily overcome.
Signing up for the diving course
The PADI DPV Course is a short course run by the dive professionals at Gangga Divers in Candidasa, East Bali. There are beautiful places to dive and train in the area so the DPV Course is easily combined with other PADI certifications. For more details on course offerings click here Diving Courses at Lotus Bungalows.
If you have any questions about the course leave us a comment below. We’d love to help you become a DPV certified diver.