The PADI Underwater Navigation Specialty course provides you with the skills required to navigate your way underwater. You will learn to use a compass whilst maintaining buoyancy and direction. You will learn the importance of reference points to guide you on your dives. You will learn to measure time and distance as well as the use of the compass in the creation of search patterns which will be important to you as your diving career advances. Whilst the course will be conducted between 6 mts and 9 mts, the basic skills that you will learn can be adapted and built upon for many of the diving environments that you will experience. You will also practise and use the PADI Nav-Finder in conjunction with your compass.
PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organisation)
10 years old
PADI Underwater Navigation program covers: the basic uses of a compass; taking bearings and their reciprocals; operation of the bezel. You will walk through the compass course on land prior to going for underwater training. You will learn to measure distances and time by fin kicks from a given location. Navigate to a pre-determined location and return within 6 mts of your starting point. Swim a square search pattern underwater and return to within 8 metres of your starting location. Read and complete the Knowledge Reviews for the various sections of the course.
Recommended Course Hours: 12 Minimum with open water training with three dives over two days
The manual can be sent to your home address, at a small additional cost, so that you can begin the theory part of your course before you start your holiday in Gozo! The first dive of this specialty is included in the Adventures in Diving program. If you do not own a suitable Underwater Compass you may rent or buy one from Utina. An underwater compass is an essential item of scuba diving equipment.
The PADI Underwater Navigation Manual & Certification is included in the cost of the course.