Get Your PADI Underwater Navigator Certification Today.

Have trouble getting back to the boat? or 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 your 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.

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Scheduling Options

PADI Underwater Navigator Course (Midweek)

Tuesday Night 6 PM to 8 PM – Academics.

Wednesday 8 AM to 2 PM – Wreck Training Dives 1 & 2

Thursday 8 AM to 2 PM - Wreck Training Dives 3

PADI Underwater Navigator Course (Weekend)

Friday Night 6 PM to 9 PM – Academics.

Saturday 8 AM to 2 PM – Wreck Training Dives 1 & 2

Sunday 8 AM to 2 PM - Wreck Training Dives 3

Note: private classes and custom schedules are available upon request.

course prerequisites

Training Prerequisites

If you’re a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or equivalent who is at least 10 years old, you can enroll in the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course.

Age Requirements

PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course is for ages 10 Years and Older.

Swimming Requirements


Waivers and Liability Releases

All participants will need to have a completed set of liability releases signed and dated prior to any in water training. Participants under the age of 18 will need to have a parent or guardian signatures as well. No exceptions

Course Duration

The duration of the PADI Underwater Navigator Course is between 1 and 1 ½ days depending on the style of academics you choose. The course is performance-based so we do not like to rush. We want to make sure everyone is safe and fully understands the skills of the day. So there is a start time but never a set finish time.

Certification Process

Once a student has completed all of their performance requirements, we will process their certification card. Once processed the student will be a certified scuba diver.

Certification Card

As soon as we process your certification you will receive an email with a temporary card good for 30 days. Your permanent card should arrive within 1 to 2 weeks after certification. Don’t panic if you’re going on a trip. Once we process your card immediately you are listed in the system as a certified diver. This information can be accessed by any dive shop anywhere in the world. So even if you forget your card you can still dive.

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.

What You Learn

The goals of PADI Underwater Navigator course training are: 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.

One Option for Academics

1. Traditional Academics (included with your course)

2. Online Academics (Not Available at This Time)

1. Traditional Academics (included with your course)

What Is Traditional Academics?

Traditional academics begin with home study followed by a short session with your instructor in the classroom.

Home Study

You begin the academics in the comfort of your own home. Once you sign up for the course, you will receive all the academic materials needed to complete the home study portion of your course.

Step One: You will start the home study portion of your PADI Underwater Navigator course by watching the PADI Underwater Navigator course video. This will prepare you for your next step.

Step two: You will need to complete the knowledge reviews at the end of each chapter in your PADI Underwater Navigator course manual to prepare you for your next step.

Step Three: review dive tables and dive computer functions. This will get you ready for your classroom session.

Don’t panic if you’re having trouble with the tables or dive computer we will go over in the class room


Step four: Begins with the short review of your PADI Underwater Navigator knowledge reviews

Step five: Complete our dive plan for the next day’s dives

Required PADI Course Materials

A. The PADI Underwater Navigator Crewpak – Table Version (Most Popular & Economical)

Includes: Wreck Diving DVD and Specialty Manual (required)

2. Online Academics (Not Available at This Time)

What Is Online Academics?

The PADI online academics program is great for students who are short on time. You will complete all of your academics in the comfort of your own home at your own pace. There are additional costs associated with the PADI online academic program.

Underwater Navigator Training Dives

There are 3 Underwater Navigator training dives that will need to be completed before you can become a Certified PADI Underwater Navigator.

Dive One: Skills Natural and Compass Navigation • 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.

Dive Two: Skills Navigating a Predetermined Course With a Compass • 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.

Dive Three: Skills Navigating a Compass Course with Headings on Underwater Markers • 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.

Each open water dive is approximately 1 hour, air and bottom time permitting.

Depths and Restrictions after Certification

This course does not change your depth rating or restrictions. Check your highest certification level for your depth rating and restrictions.

Required Scuba Gear

You will need the following gear for this course:

Standard Gear Set

Mask, Snorkel, Fins, BCD, Regulator Set with Gauges, Dive Light, Knife/Cutters, SMB, Thermal Protection, Tanks and Weights

Specialty Gear Required For This Course

Dive Computer


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Rental Scuba Gear

Don’t have a complete set of gear yet? No Problem, we can rent you some or all of the gear you will need for this course. We do not rent Thermal Protection

Purchasing Scuba Gear

Why Purchase Your Scuba Gear from Us?

It’s simple. Nobody Beats Our Prices, Manufacturer Guarantees Or Customer Service Guaranteed. Your instructor will help you pick out the proper gear your course, make sure it’s properly adjusted and ready to dive. We have the best prices on thermal protection in town. We’ve got your back.

Personal Scuba Gear

New Gear

Stops do not go out and purchase Scuba gear from a third-party for your class. This could be an expensive mistake. New Scuba diving gear always requires minor adjustments and a safety inspection before it is used. If you have purchased your Scuba gear from a third-party either online or at another dive center and it has a malfunction during your class. You will have to pay to reschedule the portion of the class you missed due to your gear malfunction.

Used Gear

We do not accept gear that is Out of service, unsafe or damaged to be used in any of our programs. Equipment must be serviced annually to be considered in service. If you have any questions on whether the gear you have will be acceptable for this program, please contact us prior to class for a free gear evaluation. We service and repair Scuba gear. Safety First!

Scuba Gear and Special Promotional Deals

Rental gear is typically not included in any special promotional deals. Please read the fine print on all special deals to find out whether your rental gear is included in your course.

Your Next Step

Extend Your Bottom Time With Enriched Air (Nitrox).

The PADI Enriched Air (Nitrox) diver course will certify you to use Enriched Air (Nitrox) to stay down longer during your shallow water dives.  Also by breathing a higher concentration of oxygen during your dive, you will come back feeling refreshed and ready for more diving.

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