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PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty Course

Have you ever had that "can't get there from here" sensation underwater? It's that frustrating feeling of knowing where you are and where you want to go, but not knowing how to get from A to B. Knowing where you are and where you're going comes in real handy, especially if you're looking for an object or locating that beautiful reef that you heard about.

Lost the reef? PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty Course with Dive The World

Consider this scenario: The boat captain tells you to follow the anchor line to the bottom and you'd find a small submerged reef directly in front of you about 45 metres away. You and your buddy are the first ones down. You reach the anchor at 20 metres, but no reef can be seen within the moderate visibility. Your dive buddy takes off 'directly ahead', but you can see him curving to the right. No surprise there, we tend to circle when we have no references.

You point back to the anchor, and your buddy shrugs and signals you a bashful 'okay'. From there, you reorientate yourself and set a compass heading straight ahead. As you swim, you count kick cycles and note a slight cross-current running from left to right. After going a bit more than 45 metres, you know that you've missed it. You set a new course 90 degrees to your left, and you run right into the reef. Glancing behind, you see that everybody else was following you, so you were glad you did a great job!

The only difference between what you and your buddy did was that you used a compass and payed attention to navigation cues in the environment. You learned the basics in your PADI Open Water Diver Course, but the best way to really nail navigation skills is in the PADI Underwater Navigator course. As a PADI Underwater Navigator, you save time and air because you get where you're going via the most efficient route, and you avoid long surface swims because you find your way to and from the boat or entry/exit point entirely underwater.

During your PADI Underwater Navigator programme you'll go on 3 open water scuba dives, familiarising yourself with the skills, knowledge, planning, organisation, procedures, techniques, problems, hazards and enjoyment of underwater navigation.

You'll learn methods of estimating distance underwater, how to use underwater patterns, dive site relocation techniques, and compass navigation techniques. You'll learn how to use your compass with high accuracy, what the environment tells you about where you are, and to use specialised navigation tools like the Nav-Finder.

The elective Navigation dive conducted during your Adventures in Diving programme may count toward this specialty.

Course Details

Number of Dives: 3

Duration: 1 day

Price: Courses price list

Location: This course is available at our 5 Star Dive Centre in Phuket, Thailand; as well as Mabul and Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia; Bali and Manado in Indonesia; Taveuni and Kadavu in Fiji.


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