top of page

PADI Speciality - Underwater Navigator

Minimum Age



2 Days OR 1 Day + 1 Evening OR 1 Long Day

About the Course

Be the scuba diver everyone wants to follow because you know where you are and where you're going. The PADI Underwater Navigator course fine-tunes your observation skills and teaches you to more accurately use your compass underwater. If you like challenges with big rewards, take this course and have fun finding your way.

It’s easy to get disoriented underwater if you don’t know how to use a compass or natural navigation clues. Learn how to easily find your way back to boat or shore without returning to the surface and avoid long, exhausting swims.

You'll begin with some e-learning which you can start at home or on the go before we head out into the water. You'll have plenty of time to practice your skills on the underwater treasure hunt which you'll map and repeat by yourself (under our supervision) before we make it a tad more complex to help you master this skill.

This course is one of the most popular because you'll use these skills on EVERY dive; even on guided dives you should know how to get back to the shore or boat so make this your go to Speciality before all others!

Why take this course

Improve your navigation skills

Find the boat without surfacing

Learn natural navigation clues

What you'll learn

Use a diving compass

Navigate making multiple turns

Estimate distance underwater

Course Prerequisites 

You must be at least 15 years old. Due to our location and sites used we cannot currently enrol anyone under this age onto most of our courses. Please speak to us about alternative options for younger divers.

Course prerequisites: Open Water Diver or equivalent from another recognised agency (please speak to us before booking)

Equipment & Extra Cost

By this stage you should have your own dive gear. Only hire weights and cylinders are included in the course cost. If you need to borrow other equipment we charge £15 per person/per course for complete kit hire.

We understand that you may not yet have your own compass so we've included the hire of ours free of charge in the course. We do however urge you to buy your own asap; it's a key bit of dive kit you wont want to get in the water without!

We offer discount on TUSA, Waterproof, TovaTec and Beaver Sports gear and equipment. We can have this ready for you ahead of your course. Chat to us before hand to discover what we have in stock or to order in your preferred colour!

After the course...

The first dive of the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course may count toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your instructor about earning credit.

Every PADI Specialty you earn gets you one step closer to becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver™. Only 2 percent of divers ever achieve this elite rating.

If you liked this then you'll love Search & Recovery where we use even more complex search patterns to find lost items before using lift bags to surface them from depth

Medical Requirements

Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Certain health conditions, medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a doctor before diving.

Avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a doctor’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. You can find this on the About page of our website under 'key info'. Only medical professionals can give clearance to dive. In the case of the UK this is a specialist area and you may need to speak to a HSE Approved Medical Examiners of Divers (AMEDs)

If you (or your doctor) have questions about medical fitness to dive, contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN) or a HSE AMED.

bottom of page