Overview

DPVs which are also known as underwater scooters are the way to go if you ever find finning tedious. Imagine moving through a dive site with perpetual strong currents and seeing other divers struggling to fin while you are on your DPV in the blue. Using a DPV takes skill as students are taught how to fully manoeuvre the dive propulsion vehicle safely and efficiently.

The DPVs on board MV DiveRACE Class E are good quality powerful machines that are used mainly by technical divers. It is a tow style DPV and will require students to use a harness strap. This course structure will be centred around the particular brand and model of the DPV (SEUX XJOY7) we are using. Small class size also means that the instructor can spend more time on the students so that good diving habits with the DPVs are developed.

Tempted to join us?

Price: 12000THB per pax
Max Class Size: 2 pax

Requirements

  • 12 pax to start the course
  • 2Minimum age 15 years old
  • 3Must be medically fit (to complete medical statement)
  • 4Must be certified as an Advanced Open Water Diver or similar if agency is not PADI
  • 5BCD used has to be harness system with a crotch strap tow D ring

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Your passport to the open water world

Course Process

Advanced Open Water Diver Course Theory Session
Theory Session
4 hours on board during trip
Advanced Open Water Diver Course Pool Session
Pool Session
None
Advanced Open Water Diver Course Open Water Session
Open Water Session
Any trip on board MV DiveRACE Class E (SGP / TH)

What's included

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PADI Course Manual + materials

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Instruction by qualified Professional

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Rental of Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV)

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Certification (all course requirements must be completed before certification)

What's excluded

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LOB trip on MV DiveRACE Class E

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Travel Insurance

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Common Questions

We use SUEX Xjoy7 for our DPV course. This is a tow type DPV and will require students to use a harness type BCD.

No. We will rent you the DPV and have it prepared for you on board during the trip. We will teach you based on the SUEX model.

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Testimonials

See what our past students say about our course!

Schönes Schiff mit super Kabinen. Essen genial. Das Staff ist super freundlich und extrem hilfsbereit. Wir kommen wieder.
Schär K.
13:43 01 Nov 22
My first live aboard and it was a fantastic experience. The crew is top notch and Eric + Itt, our dive masters were excellent.Meals were delicious with plated servings (instead of buffet style), huge props to the chef and kitchen crew who worked tirelessly in the heat to give us 4 meals a day (breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner) - every single meal was different for this 5D4N trip.Crew provides a hot towel and sliced fruit after every dive, pre and post dive drink to make sure we stay hydrated. There's some serious pampering here.
Alex
04:09 17 Nov 22
Last week, I've enjoyed DiveRACE Similan liveaboard trip with my wife through BLUE dive center(Instructor MJ).DiveRACE was so clean because it has recently renovated. And the crew of this boat was so friendly. Additionally, the cook served high quality food.I was really suprised for the quality of this liveaboard trip. I'd like to express my gratitude to MJ and the crew of DiveRACE.
JD K.
13:29 09 Jan 22
Been onboard a couple of times and it's the best LOB experience I have come to enjoy immensely. The diving were fantastic. The DMs are experienced and safety comes above all else. A quality that should never be ovelooked. Professional but also friendly and a joy to be with. The boat crew are always around with a smile and ready to help too!It's a sweet luxury that every cabin comes with an ensuite bathroom. You get to enjoy hot showers with good water pressure after every single dive. Ohh and let me add how comfortable the beds were. Actual bed with proper mattress and pillows.I also appreciate that the crew cleans the private and common areas daily, keeping the cleanliness level up there for the entire trip.One more thing to praise about is the food. You will never go hungry onboard MV DiveRace. All you have to do is sit down and start enjoying the delicious food.Tip: Explore the boat and enjoy the sundeck when you're not diving!All in all, always looking forward to my next trip with DiveRace!!
A T
16:35 18 Jun 19
Wow what an amazing trip, made truly special by Eric and his team on what is a beautifully appointed dive boat fitted for diving and having fun. Amazing diving with experience dive guide/instructors that have a passion for the environment and no where to find some amazing things below. Will come back again.
D W
05:30 10 May 22
Did a 4 nights/5 days liveaboard on DiveRace and couldn't ask for more! Very good service (with special mention for the food!), professional crew (always helpful) and incredible dives (such as Richelieau Rock and Tachau Pinnacle). Strongly recommended!
Gregorio C.
11:56 29 Jan 22
Crew put in a brilliant effort. The food was superb. Boat is excellent and well maintained. Only drawback was that the generator which had to run all day was very noisy at night. Some serious soundproofing is necessary. Would I go aboard again? Yes especially if they fixed the noise.
Andrew B.
08:03 01 Nov 22
One of the best dive trips to the Similan Islands. Perfect weather added to the serenity. The French Instructors were respectful and safety conscious at all times. Food was restaurant quality.
Edward N.
01:21 05 Nov 17
Enjoyed our trip 29 april to 2 may. Did 11 dives . Eric - our Cruise and dive director took care of all the details - all the crew were friendly and all helped out in various tasks to make our LOB memorable. The dive sites were interesting and we had good safe dives. As it was end of the dive season, the visibility was not as good - and gives us a reason to go back to Similan with DiveRACE again … hopefully in Dec 2022
ChingHong K.
03:21 05 May 22
Great boat, very clean comfortable and modern. The staff are eager to please. The food is above and beyond what you would get anywhere else. For what you get, this is a bargain. Also, there's diving 🙂
Jeff H.
14:23 27 Dec 21
I definitely recommend this Boat !!
Krzysztof W.
15:12 24 Mar 22
DiveRace was a great experience from the accommodation, service and especially the food.The room and bed are quite spacious compare other LOB. It equipped with 5 inch mattress and comes with a comforter plus 2 pillows! They have twin sharing and quad sharing. Twin sharing suit couples as your mattress can be joint as one. Shower gel and shampoo were provided with 2 towels (1 for shower and 1 for diving). Diving towel was coded so you won’t mixed up with others and end up wiping others smell on your face.My trip has 1:4 ration of Dive Master to Diver. Vincent was my DM. He’s one of the best DM I had. Responsible but come with sense of humour. He’s extremely good in spotting marine sea life even down to a shrimp as small as a grain size. He will ensure we get the best dive every dive. He’s funny and knowledgeable. He’s kind of shy and quiet but once you get him talking, he will share lots of knowledge to you.Lastly the food which I didn’t expect it to actually exceeded my expectation and experience. Most LOB will prepare decent food and DiveRace definitely exceed the benchmark. I had different Asian Cruisine on the boat from Tom Yum Gong to Bah Kut Teh to Western Bolognese. We were pampered with delicious food, fresh fruits and importantly they were equipped with automatic espresso machine with fresh coffee beans for your morning caffeine dose.In the end of the trip, the Eric the Boat Manager will have the final debrief by recognising all the boat staff except the boat captain (I wonder where will we end up if the captain also join us) by name. That show how respectful towards the rank and file staff. Well done Eric.I’m extremely satisfied with my trip with DiveRace and I’m looking forward to dive again with them. Hopefully Vincent will still be my next dive DM. Kudos to Vincent and DiveRace.
Dave
13:32 17 Jun 19
We had a great time - we have dived with DiveRace a number of times from Singapore (Tioman Malaysia and Anambas Indonesia) but this was first time in Similan Islands leaving from Phuket area. As ever the whole team were tremendous - Ferri was an excellent Dive Leader, Philippe was fun to dive with and Other divers said Mas was too. I think I put on 3KG from all the wonderful food!!! Viz was not the best but all the plankton meant we saw lots of cool stuff - Deep Sea Manta Rays, Sea Horses, Harlequin Shrimp, Octopus, Nudis huge Barracuda and Andaman Anemone Fish (Red with Black spots - not Orange and white) plus many many shoals of reef fish. Whole experience was perfect from start to end and I would recommend DiveRace to anyone looking for a great live aboard experience.
Richard T.
08:09 02 Mar 20
trip was awesome
ComnetSolutions Pte L.
07:17 17 Sep 19
2nd time with DiveRace in the Similans. Dive Instructor 'It' was fantastic, meals were gourmet excellence, service from the crew and cleanliness all throughout the craft makes it the obvious choice for your Similans and Surin National Park LOB choice.Thanks Lionel and Eric and all the team for making it happen again! Choose DiveRACE, you're not going to regret it.To many more! 🐟🐠🐡🐙🦈🐚🍻
Joshua C.
16:15 03 Apr 22
The trip was well managed and properly organised, Eric Grenier is a great dive instructor
Vladimir L.
07:04 14 Jan 22
I definitely recommend it
Paulina G.
15:11 24 Mar 22
Good boat with amacing food.
Jussi K
08:17 16 Nov 22
Justin R.
07:59 01 Nov 22
29 Apr to 2 May 22 - LOB Similan. Total 11 dives. Kudos to Eric (cruise director) and the entire DR crew for making the dives interesting, enjoyable and safe. Comfortable boat, delicious food and well organised dives. Thanks DR crew! Looking forward to be onboard again at the end of this year.
Khee Sern K.
09:58 08 May 22
The boat is modern and perfectly maintained. The crew is fantastic, always ready to help. The food was excellent, I never had that level of quality and presentation on a liveaboard before. Cruise director and the dive guides were professional, communicative and arranged our dives perfectly. In overall, absolutely amazing service, definitely recommend.
Evgeny S.
13:52 02 Nov 22
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