PADI DPV Specialty Course on Koh Tao

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PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Course – Underwater Scooter

Do you want to know what it feels like to be a secret agent?  Have you ever wanted to be the coolest diver in the ocean?

Or simply have you ever come up from a dive wishing you had more time underwater as the dive site was just too large to cover in one dive?

If you can answer yes to at least one of those three questions then you should try our excellent diving course with an underwater scooter, more commonly known as a Diver Propulsion Vehicle or DPV Specialty.

Explore Koh Tao Dive Sites on an Underwater Scooter

A DPV (underwater scooter) allows divers to cover a wider area of the dive site quicker.

This is because a DPV will propel you around the site faster than you can fin, covering more ground.

You also exert less energy and breath less air, which means you do not feel as tired after the dive with a DPV.

A DPV is also lots of fun. In fact, the only negative about becoming a DPV Specialty diver is you will enjoy yourself so much, you will want every dive to be on a Diver Propulsion Vehicle dive.

PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Specialty Course Details


Included in the Koh Tao PADI DPV Specialty Course

  • 2 DPV training dives
  • PADI Certification card
  • Rental of all scuba equipment
  • FREE use of Dive Computer
  • Log book
  • Maximum 4 students per PADI Instructor
  • Black Turtle Dive Customer (and environmental) promise

Pre-requisites for PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Specialty Course

  • Be an Open Water diver
  • Recent diving experience – we recommend completing a scuba review if you have not dived for 12 months
  • 12 years of age or older
  • Medically fit to dive

1 Day PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Specialty Course

The course consists of two sections:

  • Knowledge Development – Instructor led knowledge development session and complete the knowledge review
  • Open Water training – 2 x training dives


At Black Turtle Dive we take our customer promise very seriously. All diving courses are conducted with a maximum of 4 students per PADI Dive Instructor.

Our Dive Instructors are highly trained and will ensure you receive lots of attention and most importantly, progress at your own pace in a relaxed environment.

During your training we will slowly build your confidence and ability as you develop the skills necessary to use a Diver Propulsion Vehicle safely.

PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Diver Course Schedule

The PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle course schedule at Black Turtle Dive is flexible and we can work around your own personal needs and timeframe.

Please feel free to ask if you have any special requests either via email or on one of the messenger apps on this page. 

PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Specialty Course Price: 5,000 baht

Have you already completed the Diver Propulsion Vehicle adventure dive?

The 1 dive DPV course is priced at 3,500 baht

*Course prices do not include cost of DPV rental

Course Schedule:

Day 1:

09.00 – 11.30: Orientation & Knowledge Development
12.30 – 17.00: PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle training dives 1 & 2  

You are now a certified PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Specialist.


PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Course Information

Orientation & Knowledge Development

We start the PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle specialty course at 09.00 with an Orientation that includes completion of paperwork and the PADI Medical statement.

The PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle specialty course consists of 2 training dives at a dive site(s) around Koh Tao.

There is a Dive Instructor led knowledge development and a 20-question open book knowledge review session to complete that your instructor will review.

The Instructor led knowledge development is conducted during the morning of day 1. Some of the subjects you will cover include:

  • What are the five basic components of all DPV’s
  • What eleven features should you look for when selecting a DPV
  • What do you need to do to keep a DPV in working order
  • What seven safety precautions apply to working with DPV batteries
  • How do you descend and ascend properly with a DPV
  • Why do you need extra vigilance to monitor depth when using a DPV
  • What are the four guidelines for courteous and environmentally responsible DPV use
  • How do you handle a runaway DPV

Koh Tao Diver Propulsion Vehicle Specialty Diving Course

There are 2 PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle training dives to complete to become a PADI DPV specialist diver.

PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle training dive #1

During this first training dive you will be taken through the steps of pre-dive preparation of the DPV, effective entries with the DPV and surface operation.

Underwater your Instructor will show you how to make a safe and effective descent with a DPV and demonstrate correct underwater maneuvering techniques. 

During the dive you will be expected to maintain proper buddy contact and follow the safety guidelines and recommendations discussed during the knowledge development section of the course.

At the end of the dive your Instructor will demonstrate a proper ascent and exit of the water with the DPV and once back on land or dive boat, the proper post-dive maintenance of the DPV.

PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle training dive #2

The second dive will be about planning and conducting a DPV dive. You will be asked by your Instructor to plan and execute a dive using a DPV according to the procedures and safety guidelines we covered during dive 1. 

You will also be asked to demonstrate operating a DPV while riding in tandem with your buddy and exhibiting both piloting and passenger skills.

After the dive you will discuss your performance with your DPV Instructor who will give recommendations and feedback. 

Congratulations. You are now a PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Specialist.


Frequently Asked Questions

What will I learn on Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Specialty course?

During the course you will learn about pre and post dive DPV care and how to handle your DPV during a dive.

On the dives you will practice entering and exiting the water, how to properly descend and ascend and how to make different types of turns underwater using the DPV.

Another fun skill you will get to practice is how to ride in tandem with a DPV.

How long does the PADI DPV Specialty course take on Koh Tao?

The Diver Propulsion Vehicle Specialty course takes 1 day to complete on Koh Tao.

You will meet your instructor in the morning to go through the theory portion of the course.

In the afternoon you go out on the dive boat to put what you learn into practice.

You will typically visit 2 different dive locations around Koh Tao.

What is the cost of the PADI DPV Specialty course on Koh Tao?

The cost of the PADI DPV Specialty is THB 5,000 (2 dives) or THB 3,500 (1 dive) + THB 1,500 for the DPV rental.

Included in this price are all course materials, dive equipment rental (including dive computer), instructor fees, boat trips and insurance.

Food and accommodation are not included. However, you can contact us to find out about accommodation options. We have AC rooms available at discounted rates when taking a diving course with us.

Ex-students will enjoy a 10% discount on the course price.

How many dives is the PADI DPV Specialty course on Koh Tao?

The PADI DPV Specialty course consists of 2 Open Water dives.

If you have completed the DPV Adventure dive as part of the PADI Advanced Open Water course, then this dive credits towards the Specialty certification and you only need to do 1 more dive to become a certified DPV Specialty Diver.

In this case, the reduced course price is THB 3,500 instead of THB 5,000.

Is the PADI DPV Specialty course on Koh Tao a certification?

When completing the DPV course you gain the DPV Specialty Diver certification.

This certification counts towards the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating, the highest certification and black belt in recreational diving.

You have to be a certified (Junior) Open Water diver and 12 years old to enroll in the specialty course.