PADI Underwater Navigation Diver
Be the diver everyone wants to follow and make your sense of direction legendary with the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course. Finding your way is not a matter of luck! When everyone’s buzzing about a reef, they’re having a great time – until it’s time to go, then everyone turns to you.
The PADI Underwater Navigator course fine-tunes your observation skills and teaches you to more accurately use your compass underwater. Be the scuba diver everyone wants to follow because you know where you are and where you’re going.
If you like challenges with big rewards, take this course and have fun finding your way!
What will I do?
Underwater navigation can be challenging, but in the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course, you master the challenge. You learn the tools of the trade, including navigation via natural clues and by compass. During three scuba dives, you’ll practice:
• At least three navigation patterns
• Natural navigation (without a compass)
• Compass navigation, including the use of straight-line bearings and reciprocal bearings, both with and without a map
• How to “mark” or relocate a submerged object or position from the surface
• Underwater map making
• Dive site relocation
• Techniques for estimating distance underwater
What scuba gear will I use?
Besides your basic scuba equipment, you’ll need a compass and underwater slate. Your PADI Instructor staff may suggest other gear to help you stay oriented, such as marker buoys or lines and reels.
What are the prerequisites for this course?
If you’re a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver who is at least 10 years old, you can enroll in the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course.
You will also be required to complete:
• PADI Continuing Education Administrative Document – Please ensure you are fit to dive by checking this form.
If you answer YES to any of the questions on the PADI Medical Statement, you will need to get a medical physician to sign the form to confirm fitness to dive prior to any in-water activities.
How do I start?
Visit Scuba Leeds to enrol in the course and get a PADI Underwater Navigator Crew-Pak that includes your manual and video. By studying before class, you’ll be better prepared to start practicing your navigational skills when you meet with your PADI Instructor.