Try Diving Pattaya with a DPV – Sea Scooter
What is an underwater DPV?
A DPV is a diver propulsion vehicle – essentially an underwater scooter. They are battery operated and make little noise. The batteries and length of use in a dive depend on the make and model of the DPV. Generally a good DPV has battery strength to last one long decent dive. To operate a DPV it is not just as easy as hold on and ride – one must consider equalisation techniques and mastering buoyancy. Used correctly an underwater scooter can be a great recreational tool on certain dive sites to allow the diver to effortlessly see all that there is to see without having to fin. The trade off is that there can be a strain on the arms and shoulders when using a DPV for a prolonged period of time.
Mermaids have been using sea scooters for almost a decade now upgrading and updating as times have moved on. Initially Mermaids used the sea scooters for the wrecks but now have some great coral dives in the local area to make good use of them. Currently Mermaids operates 3 Apollo Evolution Scooters. The underwater propulsion vehicles are ideal for dives on the local Pattaya wrecks and indeed coral dives such as koh Rin and Man Wichai. The EVOLUTION Scooters that Mermaids operate can holster a saddle for hands-free riding but feature:
- Variable speed control
- Progressive acceleration system
- 3 speed adjustment
- propeller pitch assembly
- Saddle wings for additional attachment points
- Depth rated to well over our recreational dive limits (and then some)
- L.E.D. battery life indicator
- Ni-Mh Battery
- Approx 21.5kg on the surface / -1.3kg buoyancy underwater
- Dimensions: Approximately 720 x 340mm
- Includes battery and charger – 13Ah / 24V battery
- Speed: 0 – 4 km/hour
- Up to 100 minutes continuous operation in hands free riding position
- Average Cruising Range: 2000 – 3000m
Being dragged long distances creates excessive muscular fatigue in the arms. Furthermore, riding behind a scooter creates resistance and reduces the efficiency of the propeller blades. Riding horizontally in front of the scooter streamlines the body and scooter, reducing drag and dramatically improving both speed and distance traveled on a single battery charge. In addition, both hands are free for carrying lights, cameras or other underwater equipment.
There are many different types of underwater scooters on the market today. Apollo DPVs are most common place in the recreational dive market. You can take a guided day out with an instructor on a DPV around the island sites of Pattaya or better still learn all there is to know with the DPV diver course.
PADI DPV Course – Diver Propulsion Vehicle
DPV’s often referred to as Underwater scooters offer a thrilling way to see a lot of underwater territory in a brief amount of time. They scoot you through the water without the need for finning. Want to visit that offshore reef from the beach? A DPV may be the way to go. You can learn all about diver propulsion vehicles in the PADI course.
To take the PADI DPV course the diver must be:
PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization) and 12 years old.
The PADI DPV course covers:
- Diver propulsion vehicle dive planning organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards Equipment considerations.
- Diver etiquette and how to avoid harming fragile aquatic life.
How long will it take?
Recommended Course Hours: 12. Minimum Open Water Training: two dives over one day.
The PADI DPV course counts toward your Master Scuba Diver (MSD) rating. 5 Specialty ratings are required to be held to apply to PADI for the MSD (Master Scuba Diver) certification. Contact me to book the DPV course or take a DPV dive today! The DPV training can take place on any day that is convenient to you as long as we have a little notice to ensure availability.
Mermaids have 3 scooters which means that you can team with your buddies to explore Pattaya dive sites and wrecks in style. DPV credentials will need to be checked if you wish to take the DPVs out without an instructor or guide.
If you are a dive professional instructor to have the instructor DPV specialty is a good string to your bow. Just like other new technologies being taken more seriously by the recreational dive industry such as the Full Face Mask – the DPV Underwater Scooters are also proving increasingly popular. To be able to teach new diving technologies to students is always a good thing.