Li­censed to Fly

Sport Diver - - Training -

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

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