Scuba Diving Scooters (DPVs) and Cave Diving

A scuba diving scooter (DPV) can be a valuable tool for cave diving as well as other types underwater explorations.

DPVs are not only fun to ride, they extend your diving range and provide a convenient way to travel to otherwise unreachable places.

Naturally with every great thing there are complexities involved and using a DPV is no different, especially in overhead environments such as caves and wrecks. Therefore it is important to master the basics of diving with a DPV.

Read on for more about the complexities of planning a cave dive with a DPV.

  • Estimating dive times
  • Estimating DPV travel times
  • Estimating DPV gas requirements
  • Estimating task time requirements
  • Estimating task gas requirements
  • Estimating penetration gas totals
  • Estimating time totals
  • Planning/Preparing for a failure (time, gas, energy, deco, stress, navigation, silt, etc.)

There is a reason that almost all of the above bullet points begin with “estimating”. It takes a lot of practice to refine the above planning points in DPV cave diving. The primary danger with using a DPV in a cave is the possibility of traveling long distances into an overhead environment, having the DPV fail (for whatever reason) and not having a sufficient gas supply to safely exit the cave.

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Watch cave divers expertly navigate a cave using silent Submersion DPVs in an amazing video on the next page below.

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