• Navigation Diving (PADI or SDI)

Navigation Diving (PADI or SDI)

Divers are intensely fascinated by navigation. It allows them to make their way back to a special spot discovered on an earlier dive. They use the tricks and techniques of navigation to find an ideal exit point at the end of a dive without the need for an uncomfortable surface swim.Your Underwater Navigation course will help you overcome the obstacles inherent to finding your way underwater. You will learn how easy and simple navigation can be and how it will help you both above and below the surface. During this course, you will review natural aids such as sand ripples or reef formations, which can accurately predict your route. Tools such as mechanical or digital compasses are a surprising challenge to the novice but we will help you unravel the challenge and teach the practical skills and techniques you’ll need to use them effectively. Most of our diving exercises will take place in San Carlos Beach, Monterey.

This course is designed to give students a greater understanding and experience on how to properly navigate underwater using both natural and compass navigation.

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Who this course is for:

  • The certified diver looking for a higher sense of direction and orientation while scuba diving


Course prerequisites:

  • Open Water Scuba Diver, or equivalent

  • Minimum age 18, 10 - 15 with private instruction


What you can expect to learn:

The Underwater Navigation Diver Course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • The aquatic environment

    • Vision

    • Light

    • Sound

    • Tides

    • Currents

    • Waves

    • Surge

  • Natural navigation

    • Bottom contours

    • Depth

    • Amount of light

    • Surge

    • Currents

    • Underwater objects

  • Compass

    • Types

    • Analog

    • Digital

    • Features

  • Compass use

  • Estimating distance underwater

  • Kick cycles

  • Time


Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:

  • Equipment set up

  • Dive planning

  • Pre Dive checks

  • Orientation

  • Navigation

  • Skills are generally done with more success if practiced on the surface from shore. Using the shore or descent line as a starting/reference point makes keeping track of students easier

  • Practice compass use on the surface: out and back, in addition to square and triangle patterns

  • Perform square pattern on the bottom

  • Perform triangle pattern on the bottom

  • Buddy contact

  • Equipment disassembly

  • Log all dives


What’s in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in diving activities without direct supervision of the Instructor* so long as the following limits are adhered to:

  • The diving activities approximate those of training

  • The areas of activities approximate those of training

  • Environmental conditions approximate those of training

*Note: Junior divers (ages 10-14) must participate in underwater navigation diving activities with a parent, guardian, or dive professional.


Underwater Navigation Diver minimum requirements:

  • Satisfactorily complete the Underwater Navigation Diver tests

  • Complete all open water requirements efficiently

  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution


How to take this course:

  • Sign up and receive your online code. Choose between SDI or PADI!

  • Once you complete the online portion schedule the class, pool, or open water dives as required.

  • Course Costs:

    • $138 (PADI) $139.95 (SDI) for eLearning & certification card once earned. 

    • $220 Tuition Fee - Dive Planning Session and 2 open water dives.

  • Dive count is the minimum required amount of dives to successfully complete the course. 

  • Not included are Rental Equipment and Trip Costs. Trip costs include transportation, lodging, boat fees, park fees, food and beverage, etc.

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