DPV's(Diver Propulsion Vehicles) are a favorite piece of equipment to many cave divers. DPV's allows the cave diver to explore the cavern and caves.
The two day DPV's (scooters) specialty course covers how to use scooters (DPV's) in the overhead environment with the use of safe management air rules, handling of reels, negotiating restrictions, silt passages, and dealing with cave conservation. There are practice emergency techniques involving inoperative scooters and out of air situations.
The purpose of the DPV (Diver Propulsion Vehicle) course is to exposure the trained cave diver to the basic fundamentals of the safe operation of diver propulsion vehicles in underwater caves while under the direct supervision of a qualified DPV Instructor. The student is able to build practical experience in the field under controlled conditions. Safety practices, procedures and techniques common to most DPV's used in the unique environment of a cave are covered. Conservation considerations such as low impact operation are emphasized. Potential emergency situations are simulated and practiced. There is at least four (4) hours of lecture to include: DPV technique, air planning team back-ups, safety procedures, cave conservation, and mechanical advantages and disadvantages of DPV's.
Prerequisities: NSS-CDS Cave Diver level of training or equivalent. At least 50 logged cave dives beyond the Cave Diver level (not including training dives). Minimum of 18 years of gage. Current DAN insurance or equivalent is highly recommended.
Course Cost: $300.00 private class
Scooter Rental: $50.00 per day
Note: Park entrance fees and air fills are a separate charge
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