GUE’s Diver Propulsion Vehicle Level 1 course is designed to introduce divers to the skills and knowledge required to safely use underwater propulsion vehicles in open water.
- GUE training standard

Applicants for a GUE Fundamentals course must:

  • Be physically and mentally fit.
  • Be a nonsmoker.
  • Obtain a physician’s prior written authorization for the use of prescription drugs, except for birth control, or for any prior medical condition that may pose a risk while diving.
  • Be a minimum of 16 years of age.
  • Have a minimum of 75 logged dives.
  • Have passed the GUE Fundamentals at the “Recreational” level.
  • Submit a completed registration form, a medical history, and a liability release to GUE Headquarters.

An approved DPV is one that is tow-behind style with adjustable speed and clutch mechanism. The DPV must include an attached cord at the back with a bolt snap to be clipped on the front crotch-strap D-ring. The DPV should also have a leash attached to the front to be used for towing.

Combining lectures, land drills and training sessions the course aims to develop basic diving skills in for the use of a DPV with with special emphasis on the following areas:

  • dive planning;
  • team and communication strategies;
  • underwater navigation;
  • components and maintenance;
  • standard procedures;
  • emergency procedures

Training limits:

  • Student-to-instructor cannot exceed 3:1
  • Critical skills may only be performed up to a maximum depth of 9 meters
  • Maximum depth during training cannot exceed 30 meters
  • No overhead diving
  • Minimum decompression

The GUE DPV 1 course is normally conducted over three days, and includes five dives and a minimum 24 hours of instruction, encompassing classroom, land drills and in-water work.

All-inclusive course price

Instruction, dives and gas refills


Duration: 3 days

  • GUE registration fee not included (95$)

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