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Underwater Navigator

The PADI Underwater Navigator Course

Be the diver everyone wants to follow and make your sense of direction legendary with the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course.

The Fun Part

Finding your way is not a matter of luck! When everyone’s buzzing about a reef or checking out a shipwreck, they’re having a great time – until it’s time to go. Then they turn to you, because as a PADI Underwater Navigator, you know the way back to the boat.

Scuba instructor teaching student how to use a compassGet  College Credit

You may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Underwater Navigator Course.

What You Learn

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.

You learn

  • Navigation patterns
  • Natural navigation (without a compass)
  • Compass navigation
  • How to “mark” or relocate a submerged object or position from the surface
  • Underwater map making
  • How to follow irregular courses with the Nav-Finder
  • Dive site relocation
  • How to estimate distance underwater

Underwater Navigator Specialty Chart


 

 

 

 

 

To purchase learning materials and equipment, contact your local PADI dive shop or resort



Divers using underwater navigationPrerequisites

You must be:

  • PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from  another organization)
  • At least 10 years old

 

Your Next Adventure

Underwater navigation is an important skill no matter what type of scuba diving you’re doing. It’s especially useful when night divingwreck diving or when you’re searching to recover a lost item underwater.

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