Beyond The Basics

Be the Malibu Diver everyone wants to follow - because you know where you are!

The PADI Underwater Navigator Course
Be the diver everyone wants to follow and make your sense of direction legendary with the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course. You can earn this specialty with 2 more dives with your Adventure or Advanced Open Water Navigation dive counting as dive one.

PADI Navigation Specialty is a core component of advanced diver training. In the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course, it is one of the two mandatory skills (together with Deep diving) which must be taken alongside three elective skills.

Underwater navigation is an essential skill on the basis that it:
- builds diver confidence
- saves energy by minimizing excess swimming
- makes dive planning more effective
- keeps dive buddies together
- reduces air consumption

The Fun Part

Finding your way is not a matter of luck! When everyone's buzzing about a reef or checking out a shipwreck, they're having a great time - until it's time to go. Then they turn to you, because as a PADI Underwater Navigator, you know the way back to the boat.


Get College Credit

You may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Underwater Navigator Course.


What You Learn

Underwater navigation can be challenging, but in the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course, you master the challenge. You learn the tools of the trade, including navigation via natural clues and by compass.

You learn:
- Navigation patterns
- Natural navigation (without a compass)
- Compass navigation
- How to "mark" or relocate a submerged object or position from the surface
- Underwater map making
- How to follow irregular courses with the Nav-Finder
- Dive site relocation
- How to estimate distance underwater

The Scuba Gear You Use
You will use the basic scuba diving equipment, some scuba accessories such as a dive slate and an underwater compass. Check with Malibu Divers about gear rentals and packages offered with this course. You can find most everything here.

The Learning Materials You Need
Accurate navigation is based on thoughtful preparation. With that in mind: PADI's Navigation crewpak includes everything needed to complete the Underwater Navigation specialty. The manual and DVD preview the navigation skills you'll practice with your instructor both on land and underwater. Use the Nav-Finder to track where you've been and chart the most direct route back to the boat or shore.

You must be at least:

Minimum Age for this Course: 10 years old 

* Minimum pre-requisite certification level: (Jr) Open Water or equivalent.

Your Next Adventure
Underwater navigation is an important skill no matter what type of scuba diving you're doing. It's especially useful when night diving, wreck diving or when you're searching to recover a lost item underwater. This Specialty course certification also counts as one of five Specialty certifications required for Master Scuba Diver certification.

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