Underwater Navigator

Be the diver everyone wants to follow and make your sense of direction legendary with the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course.

Underwater Compass
Compass Navigation

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.

Underwater Navigator Prerequisites

In order to qualify for the Underwater Navigator course you must:

  1. Be at least 10 years old
  2. Be a PADI Open Water Diver, Junior Open Water Diver, or equivalent

Underwater Navigator Course Details

The Underwater Navigator Course consists of 2 phases:

  1. Knowledge Development
  2. Open Water Dives (3)

These phases are detailed in the sections below.

Monkey Reading his Underwater Navigator Manual

1. Knowledge Development

The knowledge development phase starts with your independent study of the Underwater Navigator manual, as well as the optional Underwater Navigator video which complements and reinforces the manual.

Each chapter in the manual includes a knowledge review section to demonstrate your understanding of the material. Those knowledge reviews will be used to direct a classroom refresher session prior to completing the dives in open water.

Although there are a few options available, for most students AquaMunkee Scuba will cover the knowledge development section using the following approach:

1. Independent, Self-Paced Study at Home
2. Completion of All Knowledge Reviews in Your Manual
3. Classroom Session to Discuss Knowledge Reviews
4. Additional Explanation / Question-and-Answer Session

On average, the entire home study portion of the Knowledge Development phase can be completed in 1-2 weeks at a leisurely pace.

Where are we?

2. Open Water Dives

With your knowledge reviews completed, it's time to get hands-on learning in a real diving environment like Lake Mendota, Devil’s Lake, or Lake Wazee.

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.

During your open water dives you will learn and practice the following techniques:

  1. Navigation Patterns
  2. Natural Navigation (without a compass)
  3. Compass Navigation
  4. How to ”mark“ or relocate an underwater position from the surface
  5. Underwater mapping techniques
  6. How to follow an irregular course with the Nav-Finder
  7. Dive site relocation
  8. How to estimate distance underwater
compass elements

Special Equipment

In order to be ready for your Underwater Navigator experience, you will need the following additional diving equipment:

  1. Underwater Compass
  2. Dive slate
  3. Nav-Finder

Contact AquaMunkee to arrange for equipment rental if you do not have all of the necessary specialty gear required for your open water dives.

The Paperwork

Once you have completed your knowledge reviews and all of your diving, the only thing left to do is fill out your certification paperwork, take your photo, and get your temporary certification cards.

Within 2 weeks (typically closer to 1 week) you will have your lifetime certification as a PADI Underwater Navigator.

Course Price Includes Everything You Need (No Hidden Costs)

  1. Training and certification
  2. Rental equipment - standard and specialty gear
  3. Air fills for all dives
  4. Underwater Navigator Manual

Required Forms for Training

  1. PADI Continuing Education Form - combines Safe Diving Practices, Liability Release and Medical Statement forms into one convenient form for continuing education.

AquaMunkee Scuba is a PADI training facility, focused on the PADI approach to diver education and also offering training through the related organizations DSAT/Tec Rec and Emergency First Response.