DPV Cave Diver course

In the military, it’s called a force multiplier. Diver Propulsion Vehicles leverage your available resources to allow you to go further with less gas and effort. This benefit comes with a price, though. A DPV can take you further into the cave in 20 minutes than you can swim out in an hour. You may not have the gas for that. This is just one reason by formal DPV training is so important.

DPV Cave Diver certification is not only important for safety and environmental reasons, at many sites, if you don’t have a DPV card, you will be stuck swimming. DPVs aren’t cheap. It’s worth the additional investment to learn to use them right.


Prerequisites for this program include, but are not limited to:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be able to unequivocally answer No to all questions on the RSTC Medical History/Exam form (or equivalent) or have obtained a physician’s approval for diving within twelve monts of the start of training, and have had no significant changes in health or medical condition since.
  • Be certified to the NASE Cave Diver level (or equivalent).
  • Have logged at least 40 hours in underwater caves.

Time Frames

This program generally requires:

  • Two days.
  • At least three dives.
  • At least 200 minutes of bottom time.

Course Fees

Few things are more frustrating than seeing a “one size fits all” course price, only to discover your specific situation may require you to incur additional costs. We work hard to keep course fees realistic and competitive. Nevertheless, fees may vary from one individual to the next depending on factors such as:

  • Group size
  • Your prior training and experience
  • Any courses you may be taking concurrently with this one
  • Additional time needed to accommodate special needs

We can give you a more accurate estimate of total course cost once we know more about you. Use the form at the bottom of the page to tell us more about your specific situation. We will get back to you with up-to-date pricing information.

You should be aware that course fees cover all instruction, NASE training materials, if available, and NASE certification, if earned. Students are responsible for:

  • All personal dive equipment.
  • All gas fills.
  • Transportation to and from dive sites.
  • Dive site admission fees.
  • Accommodations.
  • Any non-NASE training materials.
  • Any non-NASE certification card processing.

Depending on the course, additional certifications may be available from organizations such as IANTD and NSS-CDS. If desired, students must pay for the cost of these agencies’ certification cards. These organizations will also expect you to buy a copy of their student manual, if available — even though you may not use it in the course.

Required Equipment

Be sure to consult this page for the list and description of the equipment you will need to take this course.

Take the Next Step

Use this form to ask questions or begin the enrollment process. If enrolling in a course, be sure to include a brief summary of your prior training and experience.