Why take Advanced Cave DPV course?

IANTD/TDI Advanced Cave DPV cave divers are known worldwide for successfully using DPVs during long-range exploration cave dives. Cave diving has a long tradition of using diver’s propulsion vehicles (DPVs) or scooters. DPVs are often used as important tools to increase the penetration distance or carry additional heavy dive equipment into the cave.

Since a DPV’s failure in an overhead environment might expose divers to a high level of risk, an in-depth knowledge of gas management and contingency planning is required to use a DPV safely during such dives.

Who is it for?

As an advanced cave diving course, Advanced Cave DPV is available to experienced Technical Multistage Cave divers with prior experience using a DPV.

In the Advanced Cave DPV class, all scooter-specific skills are practiced to mastery level. Special consideration is paid to awareness, navigation, dive planning, and gas management using multistages and multiple DPVs.

What will I learn?

Course outcomes include, but are not limited to, reinforced skills from the IANTD/TDI Technical DPV course, management of multiple DPVs and all the ramifications of their use, stage cylinder handling, and cave environment-specific applications.

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Applicants must:

  • Be qualified in IANTD/TDI Advanced Technical Multistage Cave Diver or equivalent;
  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age;
  • Be physically and mentally fit;
  • Obtain a physician’s prior written authorization for the use of prescription drugs, except for birth control, or for any medical condition that may pose a risk while diving;
  • Be experienced with Technical DPV and related skills (minimum skills and knowledge required: basic principles of DPV diving, dive planning, teamwork while using a DPV, environmental and conservation awareness, stress management, navigation, standard and emergency procedures, DPV maintenance and troubleshooting, and the potential hazards of diving with a DPV). Please refer Technical DPV course or more information;
  • Have a minimum of 50 logged cave dives.

The IANTD/TDI Advanced Cave DPV Course course is usually conducted over three days. It requires a minimum of four cave dives, at least 240 minutes of in-water work, and instruction encompassing classroom lectures and land drills.

Transfer from Playa del Carmen included.

Students must bring their own tech-level diving gear, including tow-behind DPV (requirements will be provided upon registration) or borrow/rent it, pay for their gases and tank rentals, cenote entree and agency certification fees is not included



Alex is a true cave diving enthusiast, Cave Ha Diving Mexico founder and owner, Technical Cave Instructor IANTD/TDI/SDI with the following ratings: Advanced Cave DPV Instructor / Advanced Cave Stage – Multi-stage Instructor / Advanced Cave Sidemount & No Mount Instructor / Advanced Cave Survey Instructor / Technical Cave Instructor, OWSD Instructor, GUE Member, GUE Cave 2 / GUE Cave DPV / GUE CCR 1 / GUE TEC 1 / TDI ER/Trimix, mCCR Fathom, eCCR JJ, RYA Skipper

Before fully dedicating himself to the diving industry, Alexander served many years as Executive Vice-President for Technology, Broadcasting and Press Operations, Medical and Anti-Doping, Accreditation of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Organizing Committee; President of iTeco International Ltd, Chairman of Board iTeco LLC; Chairman of Expert Board of Bigitex consulting company (finance and IT technology); First Deputy of the Chairman of the Board of Banking Organisation “Inkakhran” and College Professor (Broadcasting and Information Technology).

Chevalier of the orders: Silver Olympic Order and “For Merit to the Fatherland”