course prerequisites

Training Prerequisites

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.


Age Requirements

The PADI Underwater Navigator Course is for ages 10 Years and Older.



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Depth Restrictions After Certification

This PADI course does not increase your maximum depth rating. Standard depth restrictions apply.


Waivers and Liability Releases

All participants will need to have a completed set of liability releases signed and dated prior to any in water training. Note: Participants under the age of 18 will need to have a parent or guardian signatures as well. No exceptions.

For this Course you will need the following releases:

1 PADI Continuing Education Administrative Document 10038

2 PADI Equipment rental release form

3 PADI Boat dive release form


Course Duration

The duration of this Course is 2 ½ days.The course is performance-based so we do not like to rush we want to make sure everyone is safe and fully understands the skills of the day. So there is a start time but never a set finish time.


Required PADI Course Materials

For your course you will need the PADI Underwater Navigator Crewpak.

Search and Recovery crewpak Includes PADI Underwater Navigator DVD and PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty Manual. This package includes all the required materials for your course

If you purchase your PADI Underwater Navigator Crewpak at the time you book your course.

You will receive your hard copy when you arrive at class.For your convenience we will provide you with all the materials you will need to get you started as soon as you book your course..

Each student is required to purchase from us their own PADI Underwater Navigator Crewpak.



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Get Your PADI Underwater Navigator Course Certification Today.

Have trouble getting back to the boat? Do you like to explore new areas off the beaten path? Then the PADI Underwater Navigator Scuba Diver Course is for you. Whether it’s trying to find the cool swim through you remember from your last dive or exploring new areas, you can never get too much navigation training. Dive number one of this course is a prerequisite for the PADI Advanced Open Water SCUBA Diver certification.

Course Overview

The purpose of the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course is to familiarize divers with the skills, knowledge, planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems, hazards and enjoyment of underwater navigation. Training emphasizes fun and safety. The Underwater Navigator course, includes the following:

1. The planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of underwater navigation.

2. Methods of estimating distances underwater.

3. Natural navigation techniques.

4. Using underwater patterns.

5. Dive site relocation techniques.

6. Compass navigation techniques.



Traditional Academics included with your course

You begin the academics in the comfort of your own home. Once you sign up for the course, you will receive all the academic materials needed to complete the home study portion of your course. To start your course you will watch The PADI Underwater Navigator course video and complete your knowledge reviews in your PADI Underwater Navigator Diver Manual. This will get you ready for Your classroom session and the in water training portion of your class.

Your instructor will review your knowledge reviews during your first class session.



Optional PADI Online Academics

Unfortunately PADI does not Offer Online academics for this course yet. You and your instructor will schedule the time for you to come in and complete the academic portion of your training in the classroom.


Note: online academics is not available for ages 12 and under.




PADI Underwater Navigator Training Dives

OPEN WATER TRAINING DIVE ONE BEACH DIVE– NATURAL AND COMPASS NAVIGATION • Maintain neutral buoyancy during the dive. • Determine the average number of kick cycles AND average amount of time required to cover a distance of approximately 30 meters/100 feet while swimming underwater at a normal, relaxed pace. • Navigate (surfacing only if necessary to verify direction or location) to a predetermined location and return to within 15 meters/50 feet of the starting point using natural references and estimated distance measurement (kick cycles or time). • Demonstrate the correct positioning and handling of a compass needed to maintain an accurate heading while swimming underwater. • Navigate (without surfacing) to a predetermined location and return to within 6 meters/20 feet of the starting point using a compass and estimated distance measurement (kick cycles or time). • Swim a square pattern underwater returning to within 8 meters/25 feet of the starting point using a compass and beginning from a fixed location. Recommended size of square — each side 30 meters/100 feet or total combined length of approximately 120 meters/400 feet.

OPEN WATER TRAINING DIVE TWO BEACH DIVE — NAVIGATING A PREDETERMINED COURSE WITH A COMPASS • Demonstrate the correct compass positioning and handling needed to maintain an accurate heading while swimming underwater. • Navigate a predetermined course (provided by the instructor prior to the dive) with more than five compass turns, returning to the starting point within 15 meters/50 feet of the exit, without surfacing. • Fix a specific underwater location to be relocated on a future dive using two permanent sets of landmarks with an angle of at least 60° between them, or using a compass bearing.

OPEN-WATER TRAINING DIVE THREE BEACH DIVE — NAVIGATING A COMPASS COURSE WITH HEADINGS ON UNDERWATER MARKERS • Navigate a compass course under water when new course headings (five or more ) are provided on underwater markers. • Draw a map of the underwater area covered by the course conducted during the dive.

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Required Equipment

At this level divers should have a complete set of personal SCUBA gear.

Don't panic if you need rental equipment we have it available for your class.

You will need the following equipment for this class Mask, Snorkel, Fins, BCD, Regulators, Dive computer, Thermal protection, Tanks and Weights. (We do not rent Thermal protection)

Additional required equipment for this class

For this class divers are required to have a Compass.

If you would like to purchase your own equipment, we guarantee the best price in town and extended warranties on everything purchased from us. If you’re going to be a diver it is best to have your own personal gear for fit and comfort.

You should always purchase your SCUBA diving equipment from the dive center where you do your training. Your SCUBA instructor is definitely more qualified to make sure you select the proper equipment for your needs. Your instructor will also make sure your equipment is properly adjusted and ready for your class. Nobody beats our prices or customer service guaranteed.

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Note: new scuba diving equipment always requires minor adjustments and a safety inspection before it is used. If you purchased your scuba equipment online or from a third-party to use in our class and it has a malfunction or requires adjustments during your training you will have to pay an additional cost for those adjustments. Our minimum service charge is $45

We do not accept equipment that is unsafe or damaged to be usedin anyof our programs. If you have any questions on whether the equipment you have will be acceptable for this program, please contact us prior to class for a free equipment evaluation. We service and repair Scuba equipment. Safety First!


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