Licensed to Fly
The top scuba training agencies all offer a course for learning to use DPVS — including PADI’S Diver Propulsion Vehicle specialty course — so you can operate one confidently and safely. Some also offer instruction specific to technical and cave diving. Here’s a rundown of what you’ll have to learn to get your keys to the magic carpet.
Vehicle Maintenance Charging the battery, managing the waterproof compartment, replacing O-rings and handling inspection protocols
Dive Planning Navigating, calculating bottom time, and learning buddy-diving best practices and range protocols
DPV Piloting Controlling speed, buoyancy, trim, ascent and descent, and avoiding collision
Risk Management Handling decompression, entanglement, towing and emergency ascent
Troubleshooting Preventing problems, identifying malfunctions, identifying parts and making repairs
Etiquette Identifying suitable environments, operating among divers and managing marine-life encounters