GUE’s Diver Propulsion Vehicle Level 1 course is designed to introduce divers to the skills and knowledge required to safely use underwater propulsion vehicles in open water. Other course outcomes include: knowledge of the basic principles of DPV diving, dive planning, teamwork while using a DPV, environment and conservation awareness, stress management, navigation, standard and emergency procedures, DPV maintenance and troubleshooting, and the potential hazards of diving with a DPV.
  • Prerequisities

    • Submit a completed registration form, a medical history, and a liability release to GUE Headquarters.
    • Be physically and mentally fit.
    • Hold insurance that will cover diving emergencies such as hyperbaric treatment, e.g. DAN Master-level insurance or equivalent.
    • Be a nonsmoker.
    • Obtain a physician’s prior written authorization for the use of prescription drugs, except for birth control, or for any prior medical condition that may pose a risk while diving.
    • Be a minimum of sixteen years of age.
    • Have passed GUE Recreational Level 1 Diver or GUE Fundamentals at the “Recreational” level.
    • Have a minimum of 75-five logged dives beyond either GUE Recreational Diver Level 1 or open water certification.
  • Equipment Requirements

    • Approved DPV

    An approved DPV is one that is tow-behind style with adjustable speed and clutch mechanism. The DPV must include an attached cord at the back with a bolt snap to be clipped on the front crotch-strap D-ring. The DPV should also have a leash attached to the front to be used for towing.


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