select, inspect, prepare, rig, safely operate, and care for a Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV)
Diver Propulsion Vehicle Operator
Duration – 2 days (16 hours)
Recommended for – certified divers
- Member of a public safety agency
- At least 18 years of age
- Students diving in dry suits must submit proof of dry suit training with registration
- Complete RSTC Medical Statement (including physician signature, if applicable)
After completing this program, the Public Safety Diver (PSD) shall be able to select, inspect, prepare, rig, safely operate, and care for a Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) in an appropriate open water setting within their jurisdiction.
• Introduction to DPVs • Types, features, and rigging of DPVs • Special diver rigging • Special concerns with DPVs including barotrauma, DCS, hypothermia, buddy separation, and DPV failure • Investigations using DPVs • Care, maintenance, and storage of DPVs
Note To Applicants This program is designed for personnel who are physically fit. Participants are encouraged to participate after successfully completing the IADRS Watermanship Test or testing to a fitness level of 13 MET (Metabolic Equivalents) or greater. Participants with aerobic fitness questions or concerns should consult their physician prior to in-water training. Participants who have poor aerobic fitness may attend this program as surface support personnel with the approval of the instructor.