DPV

PUT SOME DASH IN YOUR DIVES AND GET MOVING WITH THE RAID DPV PROGRAMS

The thrill of speeding through the water behind a diver propulsion vehicle (DPV) is an experience that really gets your blood racing. Using a DPV provides divers both immense fun and the means to achieve goals that would be impossible without their use.

The DPV two-tier certification covers everything you need to know about using and looking after a DPV in a recreational diving environment. The Advanced DPV certification adds skills such as complex navigation and use of longhose configurations to add some spice to more advanced dives.

WHY DPV AND WHY NOW?
Launching this new program is a general reflection on RAID's commitment to giving our members, and the diving public, the most current and useful training aids. It's apparent that recreational and technical divers are using DPVs to access sites that would be difficult to reach and explore using traditional propulsion methods; to help propel large amounts of heavy equipment; to increase the safety of dives in areas of strong current; or just for the pure exhilaration of shooting through the water at speed and performing underwater acrobatics.

By extending your capabilities and extending your range, using a DPV opens new vistas for exploration and fun.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
During the DPV certification program, you will learn about:

  • How DPVs were developed and how they are constructed
  • Design, features, maintenance, management and care
  • All the skills and knowledge needed to safely dive a DPV

During the Advanced DPV certification program, you will also learn the following: to:

  • Advanced navigation techniques and the additional skills for DPV diving using a longhose configuration

PREREQUISITES
You must:

  • Be a minimum of 12 years old.
  • Be certified as RAID Open Water 20, Junior Open Water or equivalent.

DPV
This certification option is aimed at the recreational diver who wishes to learn how to use a DPV to enhance their diving by using mainly natural navigation.

Advanced DPV
This certification option is available to anyone who is familiar with longhose configuration, has logged a minimum of 20 dives and is certified as Navigation specialty divers.

This certification option is aimed at the slightly more experienced diver with preexisting navigational training and diving on a single, twin or sidemount setup with a longhose. Although this level is slightly more challenging, the more advanced navigation exercises provide an important base for more complex types of DPV diving within a team.

 

 

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