PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Specialty

PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Specialty

PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Specialty

Want to propel your way through the water and effortlessly glide over reefs, buzz around a wreck or weave through a kelp forest? Then the PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) specialty is just the course for you! Using a DPV is a great way to see more and have fun doing it!

Become the diver everyone wants to be – the one having most fun!

Through the PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Specialty you’ll soon be able to scoot through the water effortlessly, glide over reefs, buzz around a wreck or weave through a kelp forest.

After some self study using the PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Specialty manual you will complete two dives in open water over a day with your PADI instructor. You’ll learn all sorts of new skills in what promises to be one of the most exhilarating courses you’ll complete!

With so many applications, you’ll get so much more enjoyment from every dive. DPVs offer a thrilling way for you to see a lot of underwater territory in a short amount of time.

This course will also count towards the prestigious PADI Master Scuba Diver rating and the first dive of this Specialty course may count towards the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Certification.


Standard Course: £165

Executive Option: additional £50 on Basic, Standard or Deluxe Course fee.

Elite Option: We’ll come to you! For an additional £100 on the Basic, Standard or Deluxe Course fee we’ll complete the training at your own facilities.


Min Age: 12 years old

Medically Fit: Complete this Medical Statement and have a GP countersign it if required.

Ability: You will need to be PADI Open Water Diver (or Junior Open Water Diver) certified (or equivalent) to enroll onto this course.

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Knowledge Development 

As part of the PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Specialty, you’ll complete some Knowledge Development before the fun bits. This will be reviewed with your instructor before putting the theory into practice during two open water dives.

The theory side can be completed at you own pace before being reviewed. Currently only available as a physical manual, this can be collected from the NHDC Dive Centre.


Open Water Dives

Over the course of a day, usually on a Sunday, you’ll complete two open water dives where you’ll put the theory into practice! You’ll develop a new range of skills including:

  • how to plan dives, including maintaining buddy contact
  • Considerations for safe descents & ascents
  • Potential problems and how to deal with them

This is an essential course for anyone that may want to cover large distances while diving or is just looking for a fun way to spend their time underwater.

We’ll provide everything you need. We pride ourselves on ensuring there are no hidden costs.

We will provide all the basic, as well as any specialised, equipment for diving while diving with DPVs. Comfort is everything in scuba diving, therefore if you already have your own equipment, we’d encourage you to bring it along to keep you warm and comfortable while ‘playing’ with sea scooters!

Knowledge Development can be completed at your own pace but will be reviewed with the NHDC team before certification.

Open Water dives are completed over a day at the weekend, usually a Sunday, with courses arranged on a regular basis.

New Horizons aims to be flexible with arranging courses to suit your schedule so if the scheduled dates are not convenient please give us a call to discuss suitable alternatives.

Please note, due to the nature of the dives, some dive sites will have restrictions on when we’re able to complete the dives, therefore we we will need to consider this before confirming any alternative schedules.

 On all of our PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Specialty course options you will receive…

  • Coaching and on-going support from an experienced, passionate and professional PADI Instructor
  • Equipment Orientation
  • 1 hour (minimum) Knowledge Review (with your NHDC PADI Instructor)
  • 1.5 hours (approx) Open Water dives
  • FREE rental of all required equipment (including, but not limited to: cylinders & air fills, dive computer, drysuit & undersuit, specialist equipment [e.g. DPVs])
  • Course materials
  • PADI Certification

Our dives are usually completed in UK water, therefore we recommend you use a drysuit and undersuit for greater comfort. If you have no previous drysuit experience, we will arrange a pool based orientation session for an additional £40 before your weekend in Open Water so you are fully prepared and confident to jump in.

Please note, our course fees covers equipment rental, pool entry fees, PADI Certification fees etc, but do not cover entry fees to open water dive sites. These vary according to location; please ask for further details.


Standard course

All of the above.

Knowledge Development 

Completed in your own time, this can be started at any time and completed at your own pace. Currently only available as a physical manual the course materials can be collected from the NHDC Dive Centre.

An initial £75 deposit will ensure course materials can be issued, allowing you to start as soon as you want!

The NHDC team will be on hand to help you through and answer any questions as you progress. We will then review things and allow you to ask any questions you may have before the fun bits start.


Open Water Dives 

During the course of two dives, completed over a single day, you’ll put into practice the things you’ve been reading about. We offer standard schedules, with a minimum of 1.5 hours spent in the water practicing DPV handling skills, buddy contact, and generally having the time of your life!


Standard Course

Complete the PADI Diver propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Specialty Course following our standard schedules.


Executive Option

Our standard schedules are designed to offer flexibility, however, if these aren’t convenient, or if you feel you’d benefit from the more personal touch, we can tailor our schedules* to a more bespoke timetable.

This executive option allows a 1:1 program, giving you the chance to work with a member of the NHDC team to become a master of buoyancy control.


Elite Option

If you have access to your own facilities, we can come to you! We will work with you to make a truly tailor-made course schedule. Use the course materials  then when you’re ready, we’ll complete the Open Water skills at your own facilities*. Choose to join us at our usual open water dive sites, or let us escort you overseas. There’s a whole world of possibilities.


Payment Plans

A single £100 deposit will allow us to issue the relevant course materials.

Further installment payments can be made with the final balance paid before the open water weekend. Talk to us about installment payment options.


* Due to the nature of the dives, some dive sites will have restrictions on when we’re able to complete the dives. We will seek confirmation with the dive site before finalising bespoke course schedules.

Let us know you want to join us! Simply send us a Course Booking Form and completed Medical Statement. Once we’ve received your deposit we’ll issue your course materials, so you can get started straight away!

Get in touch for our bank account details or to make payment over the phone.

Your place will be confirmed on receipt of the Course Medical Statement (Countersigned by a GP if required). Please note, we will not be able to start any in water activities without one!