PADI Underwater Navigator Course

 
Course Introduction

Have trouble getting back to the boat? Do you like to explore new areas off the beaten path? Then the PADI Underwater Navigator Scuba Diver Course is for you. Whether it’s trying to find the cool swim through you remember from last dive or exploring new areas you can never get too much navigation training. Dive number one of this course is a prerequisite for the PADI Advanced Open Water SCUBA Diver certification.

Course Overview

The purpose of the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course is to familiarize divers with the skills, knowledge, planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems, hazards and enjoyment of underwater navigation. Training emphasizes fun and safety. The Underwater Navigator course, includes the following:
1. The planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of underwater navigation.
2. Methods of estimating distances underwater.
3. Natural navigation techniques.
4. Using underwater patterns.
5. Dive site relocation techniques.
6. Compass navigation techniques.

academics

The PADI Underwater Navigator Course begins with independent study and knowledge development. Students will begin by watching the PADI Underwater Navigator video. Then Students will read and complete all knowledge reviews inside of their PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty Manual. Your instructor will review your knowledge reviews during your classroom session.

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Open Water Training Dive One – Natural and
Compass Navigation

Performance Requirements.
By the end of this open water training session, you will be able to:
• 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 meters/100 feet 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 meters/50 feet 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 meters/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 meters/25 feet of the starting point using a compass and beginning from a fixed location. Recommended size of square — each side 30 meters/100 feet or total combined length of approximately 120 meters/400 feet.

Open Water Training Dive Two— Navigating a
Predetermined Course with a Compass

Performance Requirements.
By the end of this open-water training session, you will be able to:
• 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 meters/50 feet 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.

Open-Water Training Dive Three — Navigating a
Compass Course with Headings on Underwater Markers

Performance Requirements.
By the end of this open-water training session, you will be able to:
• 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.

Dive Location

Dive site location changes from class to class. However we typically conduct our boat dives off the second reef (depth 45 to 60 feet) and third reef (depth 60 to 100 feet) of Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach and Lauderdale by the sea. Our beach dives are conducted in front of Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach and Lauderdale by the sea on the shallow sub reefs (depth 12 to 20 feet).

    course duration

    The total course duration is approximately 12 hours typically conducted over 2 to 3 classes. For more information on specific scheduling for this course please click on the calendar below.

    Recommended Additional Training (optional)

    We suggest that all divers enrolling in PADI Specialty Course take the PADI Enriched Air Scuba Diver Course first in order to increase bottom time during your training dives.

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Course Prerequisites

    prerequisite training

    PADI Adventure Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization similar to that of a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver)

    Age requirements

    PADI Underwater Navigator Minimum Age Requirement is 10 years old.

    depth restrictions

    The maximum depth is 40 meters/130 feet and for Junior Divers (12-14 years old) the maximum depth is 21 meters/70 feet.

    Required PADI Books

    The PADI Underwater Navigator Crewpak

    Underwater NavigatorCrewpak: includes Underwater Navigator DVD and Specialty Manual.

     

    required equipment

    Each Student participating in the PADI Underwater Navigator course will need to have their own underwater compass for training.

    Standard SCUBA Gear: Mask, Fins, Snorkel, Compass, Dive Computer or Dive Watch, Knife, Safety Sausage, Communication Slate, Safety Whistle, Dive Lights, BCD, Regulators with Submersible Pressure Gauge, Tanks, Weights, Gloves and Wetsuit if required(during winter classes).

    Rental equipment is not included in this class. If you need to rent equipment please do not forget to select the rental equipment you will need when you book your course.

    All Students Are Required to Have a Dive Computer or Dive Watch for all courses.

     

    waivers and liability releases

    All participants must sign the following PADI release prior to any in water training. Parent or guardian signature is required for participants younger than legal age for all PADI programs.

     

    Certification

    Upon successful completion of the course, the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty certification card is awarded. Certification means that you will be qualified to:
    • Plan, organize, make and log open water dives, using underwater navigation skills, in conditions generally comparable to, or better than, those you were trained in.


    • Apply for the rating of Master Scuba Diver if you are a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or have a qualifying certification from another organization) and a PADI Rescue Diver (or have a qualifying certification from another organization) with certification in four other PADI Specialty ratings.

PADI Course Cost, Location and Schedule

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    We offer private lessons seven days a week. Sign up today and start diving tomorrow. We offer group lessons twice a month. Check the course schedule for more details.

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