Diver Propulsion Vehicles Assessment Report Summary

Executive Summary

In August 2011, the System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER) Program conducted a comparative assessment of diver propulsion vehicles (DPVs) to provide emergency responders with information that will assist with making operational and procurement decisions. DPVs are valuable deployment tools for emergency response divers. DPVs can improve the mobility of divers and help them conserve energy during dive operations, such as underwater search and rescue/recovery, underwater investigation, and disaster assessments.

The overall results of the assessment are highlighted in the following table:

Assessment Results

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Criteria Ratings

Diver Propulsion Vehicles Assessment Report Summary Criteria Ratings Chart

Full Review

Emergency responder agencies that consider purchasing diver propulsion vehicles should carefully consider each product’s overall capabilities and limitations in relation to their agency’s operational needs. For a full report including assessment methodology, see the full report.