Sport Diver - - Training -

Hawaii’s Val­ley Isle boasts a bevy of world-class dive sites scat­tered along nearly 120 miles of shore­line, and many of the best reefs and wrecks are ac­ces­si­ble from the beach. For in­trepid divers with strong nav­i­ga­tion skills and a fully charged DPV, the vol­canic is­land, one of eight in the North Pa­cific ar­chi­pel­ago, of­fers dra­matic arches, cav­erns and other lava-formed struc­tures — along with his­tor­i­cal wrecks from World War II — all within a short cruise from the sand.

“Maui is a great place for DPV div­ing be­cause we have so many spots that are usu­ally only ac­cessed by boat but can be done from shore with a scooter,” says Steve Ed­wards of Maui Dive Shop. “With a DPV you can reach some great wreck dives like the St. An­thony and the Carthaginian, as well as a few oth­ers from World War II, such as the Hell­diver fighter plane, a land­ing craft and a tank that are usu­ally only ac­ces­si­ble by boat.”

Teach­ing divers the way of the thruster and guid­ing them to mul­ti­ple sites on a sin­gle tank has given Ed­wards a deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion for scooter div­ing.

“Most divers come out of the wa­ter with a big smile on their face, say­ing, ‘I felt like I was fly­ing’ or ‘I can't believe I've been us­ing only my legs all this time,’” Ed­wards says. “DPV div­ing is pure fun, and it gives you an amaz­ing sense of free­dom.”


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