Become a master of underwater navigation

No one really wants to get lost under water, apart from the cheeky comments when you eventually do return to your original intended point, you can avoid underwater confusion, save time and increase enjoyment by learning how to navigate properly with the underwater navigation speciality course. Okay so the visbility in the Red Sea is pretty hard to match anywhere in the world (think 30+ mtrs all year round). You might also be thinking you don't need to know how to return to your starting point or find your way to a wreck as you have a guide with you, but natural navigation is a daily part of our jobs and you're sure to need both it and compass skills when diving in the UK waters or even in more tropical destinations at certain times of the year, so read on to find out a little more about the course.

What's involved

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.

You learn

  • Navigation patterns
  • Natural navigation (without a compass)
  • Compass navigation
  • How to “mark” or relocate a submerged object or position from the surface
  • Underwater map making
  • How to follow irregular courses with the Nav-Finder
  • Dive site relocation
  • How to estimate distance underwater


You must be:

  • A PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization)
  • At least 10 years old

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Navigating in the dark during night dives will be a lot easier if you've had the appropriate training, or what about wreck dives or in preperation for your Divemaster course where you'll be expected to get your guests back to the boat without any long surface swims!

Course registration

All student divers of any level are required to complete the PADI medical questionnaire prior to starting course. Any student answering ‘Yes’ to one or more of the questions may require medical clearance prior to commencing in water activities. A copy of the medical form can be found here.

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