Underwater Navigator Specialty

Course pre-requisites

To start this specialty you´ll need to

• be at least 14 years old
• hold the PADI Open Water Diver qualification, or have a qualifying certification from another training organisation
• have dived within the last six months and feel confident in your assembly and use of SCUBA equipment, along with reasonable buoyancy control. If in any doubt then please contact us, but we can offer you the PADI Reactivate program to prepare you for the training dives
• have a medical statement completed and signed by your doctor (download here)
• agree to our course terms and conditions (download here)


PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty

from €199

Course Description

Navigation underwater can sometimes be easy; when your finning alongside a deep wall, or exploring a well preserved wreck in clear water. Other times it can be more challenging; in reduced visibility, or when the dive follows no distinct direction. And it’s much more than just knowing where you’re going, or how to get back to the shore/boat, because when you know where you are you are more relaxed, and when you’re more relaxed you use less gas, which can give you more time for your dive. The PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty is a fun three dive two-day course, and combined with a practical compass session, it should give you the skills and confidence to explore more underwater.

Course Content

The PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course includes everything you´ll need. We´ll supply you with –

• Full equipment for diving including wetsuit, BCD, regulator set, air/EANx dive computer, cylinders, hood, gloves, boots, fins, mask and weight system
• PADI Underwater Navigator manual
• Use of the compass and wetnotes  
• Certification upon successful completion

And remember that on all of our courses there will never be more than four students per course!

You can book this course from €199 or alternatively enjoy a fully inclusive diving holiday from just €271 (2 people sharing)

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Underwater Navigator Specialty

The PADI Underwater Navigator specialty comes with an informative and easy to understand manual. Within this manual you´ll get to look at -

Underwater Navigator Specialty• Benefits of Underwater Navigation
• Distance Estimation
• Natural Navigation Techniques
• Underwater Patterns
• Underwater Navigation with a Compass
• Dive Site Relocation
• Navigational Aids

Included within the manual are two Knowledge Development sections that you´ll need to complete, and are designed to help you better understand and retain the information.

With the knowledge development completed it´s time to gear up and head into the water. There are three dives to complete, so let´s take a look at each dive we´ll be doing.

Dive One – depth 6-14 mtrs

Underwater Navigator SpecialtyOur first dive is an introduction to underwater navigation techniques. We’ll look at natural navigation as well as navigation by compass. Nothing too complicated on this dive; instead we’ll focus on the correct handling of a compass underwater, along with some basic navigation techniques and patterns, that should build our confidence for the following dives.

When we´re ready to go, we´ll perform our pre-dive safety check, confirm our dive plan, and then enter the water to complete these skills –

• 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 metres 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 metres 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 metres 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 of the starting point using a compass and beginning from a fixed location.

Dive Two – depth 6-14 mtrs

Underwater Navigator SpecialtyOur second dive will be an underwater tour by compass! Before the start of the dive you’ll be provided with a series of headings and distances, and your challenge is to return to the starting point. At the end of the dive we’ll launch a buoy to help us identify an interesting underwater feature, and using the position of the buoy on the surface, we’ll take a ‘fix’ on this location.

So after changing our cylinders, and allowing for our planned surface interval, we´ll kit back up, carry out our pre-dive safety check, confirm our dive plan, and then enter the water to complete these skills –

• 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 metres 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.

Dive Three – depth 6-14 mtrs

Underwater Navigator SpecialtyFor our final dive we’re going to give you an underwater treasure hunt! When you enter the water you’ll be given your first heading and distance, and from there you’ll need to arrive at the correct location to find the next. Along the way you’ll need to make a note of the route you’ve taken, including any features you noticed, and when you’re back on dry and we’ll use this to draw a map.

When we´re ready to go, we´ll perform our pre-dive safety check, confirm our dive plan, and then enter the water to complete these skills –

• Demonstrate the correct compass positioning and handling needed to maintain an accurate heading while swimming under water
• 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


Course
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What other courses can you link in, and achieve greater enjoyment and safety under the water? The ability to control your position underwater is not only efficient and more comfortable, but vital if you are to maintain your heading and accurately measure distance. You’ll find the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Diver course specifically targets skills and techniques for maintaining good buoyancy and trim.

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