Teach your divers how to operate a diver propulsion vehicle

Diver Propulsion Vehicle Trainer (DPVT)
Duration:  1 day (8 hours)
Recommended for:  Experienced trainers who want to extend their department members' knowledge and skill in operating diver propulsion vehicles.


  • Sponsorship by a public safety agency
  • At least 21 years of age
  • Current Public Safety Scuba Instructor or Dive Rescue 1 Trainer certification
  • Proof of current DPV certification or other training in operation of DPV
  • A minimum of 25 logged dives with a DPV
Training Schedule & Map
Course Registration
Dive Rescue I Training Program from Dive Rescue International


Successful completion of the Diver Propulsion Vehicle Operator Trainer (DPVT) program provides the Instructor with the ability to train their divers to select, inspect, prepare, rig, safely operate and care for a Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) in an appropriate open water environment. Obtaining the DPVT certification allows the Instructor to teach the Diver Propulsion Vehicle program in-house and to mutual aid departments.

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.