Scooter / DPV

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Introduction

This unique course is designed to share the essential principles of diving with a scooter, or diver propulsion vehicle (DPV).  The course reviews the critical skills that apply when operating a scooter in recreational realms.  This is an excellent course, no matter which type of scooter or DPV you use.  You will learn not only how to correctly operate a scooter but also basic maintenance and simple repairs.

In addition to simply sharing the fun of scooter diving, the Scooter course instructs divers in the critical aspects of scooter diving, increasing diver fun and efficiency while reducing stress and diver risk.

Skills will focus on: improving diver proficiency and awareness while scootering, scooter team communication, scooter buoyancy control, effective scooter risk evaluation and efficient dive planning.  We also include scooter care and upkeep for those who own their scooter as well as techniques for proper balance, weight and towline sizing.

This course is conducted over three days with 24 hours of instruction including 8 hours of academic work and 4 dives.

Course Information

In this course you will learn the fundamental skills associated with scooter diving.  The scooter presentation expressed in this section provides the foundation upon which all future scooter diving will require – all essential elements of the scooter beginning with the motor, the basic mechanical components, battery burn time management and culminating in a detailed discussion respecting gas management protocols.

Other sessions are designed to introduce all the essential and critical skills such as learning to balance the scooter, how to properly weight the scooter for proper buoyancy characteristics and suggested towline sizing.  Proper balance and trim are essential to learning to use a scooter correctly, in addition to learning to turn, stop, start and deal with the scooter while still maintaining good awareness.  You will also learn and practice important skills such towing the scooter and other scooter divers.  You will also be introduced to additional critical skills relating to scooter based diving such as dealing with an out-of-air emergency, failed scooters, and runaway scooters.

Course Limits

  • Maximum depth 100’/30m
  • Standard gas is air (21% O2) or Nitrox 32

Requirements

  • Minimum age of 18
  • Must have completed UTD Recreational 2 or equivalent
  • Must have at least 25 dives beyond open water certification
  • Must complete UTD online registration process
  • No smoking
  • Use of prescription drugs must be authorized by a physician prior to training

Equipment Requirements

Prior to the commencement of the course, students should consult with a UTD representative to verify equipment requirements.  All participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure all necessary equipment before the start of the course.

In general, it is better for the student to learn while using their own equipment.  However, students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard or unnecessary equipment.  Please contact us prior to making any purchases.

Sidemount Equipment Requirements

  • Cylinders:  sidemount pluggable single or double cylinders with appropriate stage rigging and quick disconnects
  • Low pressure distribution system such as a Z-Distribution Block or Z-Isolator Manifold
  • Regulator system: primary second stage with a donatable 5’ or 7’ hose stowed in a wrapped fashion around the diver’s neck, and a backup second stage bungeed around the diver’s neck in a necklace fashion
  • Buoyancy compensator/trim device: rear inflation-type/wing or trim device
  • Z-System harness or equivalent
  • Depth-measuring device
  • Time-keeping device
  • Compass
  • Mask
  • Non-split fins
  • Cutting device
  • Tow-behind style scooter such as X-Scooter, Silent Submersion, Tekna, or Mako Oceanic
  • Tow harness
  • Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure
  • Optional:  spool with minimum 70’/21m line and a surface marker buoy
  • Optional:  primary light and backup light
  • Optional:  wetnotes and writing utensil

Backmount Equipment Requirements

  • Cylinders: backmount single or double cylinders
  • Regulator system: primary second stage with a donatable 5’ or 7’ hose stowed in a wrapped fashion around the diver’s neck, and a backup second stage bungeed around the diver’s neck in a necklace fashion
  • Buoyancy compensator/trim device:  rear inflation-type/wing or trim device
  • Backplate and harness system
  • Depth-measuring device
  • Time-keeping device
  • Compass
  • Mask
  • Non-split fins
  • A cutting device
  • Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure
  • Tow-behind style scooter such as X-Scooter, Silent Submersion, Tekna, or Mako Oceanic
  • Tow harness
  • Optional:  spool with minimum 70’/21m line and a surface marker buoy
  • Optional:  primary light and backup light
  • Optional:  wetnotes and writing utensil