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PADI Underwater Navigation Diving Course Online Materials

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PADI Underwater Navigation Diver

Fine-tune your underwater observation skills and learn to use your compass more accurately. This course may count towards college credit, ask your instructor.

Underwater Navigator


Be the scuba diver everyone wants to follow because you know where you are and where you're going. The PADI Underwater Navigator course fine-tunes your observation skills and teaches you to more accurately use your compass underwater. If you like challenges with big rewards, take this course and have fun finding your way.

If you're a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver who is at least 10 years old, you can enrol in the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course.


*This course fee only covers your online training, assessments and certification card. Practical training fees, dives, dive equipment, student slate and logbook are available at additional fees via your PADI Dive Centre.



You'll learn to use natural clues to navigate and also practice:

Methods to estimate distance underwater.

Compass navigation while making multiple turns

Marking or relocating a submerged object or position from the surface.

Underwater map making.

The first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification - ask your instructor about earning credit. You may be able to get college credit for the Underwater Navigator course - ask your instructor.

Prerequisites & Requirements

Age Requirement
10 years or older

Course Prerequisites
PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver (or qualifying entry-level certification)

Time Commitment
Approximately 2-4 hours

Available Languages

Spanish, French, Dutch, English.

For information on other available languages please contact your PADI Dive Centre.


Besides your basic scuba equipment, you'll need a compass and underwater slate. Your PADI Instructor or staff may suggest other gear to help you stay oriented, such as marker buoys or lines and reels.

Getting Started

Read and watch video about underwater navigation, then interact with knowledge checks in preparation for meeting with your PADI Instructor to schedule your three underwater navigation dives. Speak with your instructor if you have any questions about the course content.

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