PADI Underwater Navigator Diver Specialty Course

Why should you attend a PADI Scuba Diving Underwater Navigator Diver Specialty Course? Would you like to be the person the others look to know where to go? Do you want to achieve a great sense of direction underwater?

Becoming an Underwater Navigator is one of the most important skills to master. It’s very easy to lose your sense of direction underwater, but by taking the PADI Underwater Navigator Diver Specialty Course, you will know where you are and where you’re going. The course will fine-tune your observation skills, teach you how to estimate distance and show you how to accurately use your compass underwater. If you like a challenge, take this course be the one that others want to follow as you lead the way.

The Best Part

The best part about the PADI Underwater Navigator Diver Specialty Course is that you will learn the skills necessary to be able to find your way around underwater. This will give you a new level of confidence & the satisfaction of finding your way to your destination.

What will you learn?

You’ll learn the tools of the trade, including navigation using natural clues and by following compass headings. You’ll learn various methods for estimating distance travelled underwater, as well as how to swim patterns using your compass.

What will you do?

Under the close eye of your qualified PADI Specialty Instructor you will organize and make at least three Open Water dives that range from 6 -12 metres/ 20-40 feet. You will:

  • 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 metres/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 metres/25 feet of the starting point using a compass and beginning from a fixed location
  • 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
  • Navigate a compass course under water when new course headings (five or more) are provided on underwater markers.
  • Draw a map of the underwater covered by the course conducted during the dive


  • minimum age 10
  • PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver

What will you get?

  • PADI Underwater Navigator Diver Specialty Certification
  • One of the five PADI Specialty Diver Certifications to achieve the PADI Master Scuba Diver (MSD) Rating
  • The first dive of this PADI Underwater Navigator Diver Specialty Course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Certification
  • You may be able to get college credit for the PADI Underwater Navigator Diver Specialty Course

Your Next Adventure

A favorite companion of  the PADI Underwater Navigator course is the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty Course. If you wish, you can take these  two courses concurrently. It’s inevitable that sometimes people will accidentally drop things from docks, off boats or even lose equipment while scuba diving. If you’ve ever wondered just how to find something lost underwater, then the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty Course is for you. There are many effective methods to search for objects underwater that dramatically increase your chances of success. Underwater navigation skills are an integral part of effective search methods, so why not combine these two specialties?