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Navigation Course

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Navigation is one of the more underrated but most important diving skills you can hone as a diver. Whether you’re trying to navigate your local quarry, find your way on a massive reef, or out in the open, our underwater navigation course provides you the tools, insight & confidence to find your intended locations (& make it back home again) when diving while increasing safe diving practices.

What to expect in this course:

The navigation course is a fun yet challenging course in which you’ll learn to use a compass, natural features, & the environment to successfully navigate underwater. Your instructor will lay out increasingly complex courses to navigate & walk you through the process in how to do so successfully. 

Who this class is for:

  • The certified diver looking for a higher sense of direction & orientation while scuba diving
  • Certified divers in areas where surface swimming isn’t advisable
  • Certified divers who enjoy planning & executing specific dive routes
  • Certified divers who often get lost
  • Certified divers who will be doing self-guided diving & want to make it back to their starting point

Our Navigation certification class fee includes:

  • 2 – 3* instructor supervised dives in open water
  • Your online learning, tests & one on one instructor review
  • Navigation certification card & processing fees.

    *Agency dependent

What you will learn:

  • How to use the aquatic environment to navigate
  • How to use natural navigation aids
  • Compass types, usage, & features
  • Underwater distance estimation techniques
  • Navigating simple & complex patterns
  • Dive planning using navigational markers

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Navigation Certification


Please check our online calendar for a scheduled class before purchasing. You may be able to join an already scheduled course.

This class includes your online e-learning material, 3 in-water training sessions with a certified instructor, your certification card (C-Card) and the awesome ability on how to find your way around underwater.


Course Requirements:

Navigation certification prerequisites:

  • 10 years or older (Under 18 requires parental consent)
  • Open water diving certification
  • Approved diver medical form
  • Liability waiver

Gear requirements:

  • Standard scuba gear (regulators, BCD, weights, tanks, computer – available for rental)
  • Personal scuba gear (mask, fin, snorkel, boots – student must provide)
  • Compass (digital or analog)
  • Underwater Slate

Class requirements:

  • Satisfactorily complete the online learning course with a test score of 80% or higher
  • After instructor remediation, a test score of 100%
  • Complete all open water requirements efficiently
  • Demonstrate various navigation techniques & achieve navigation goals set by instructor
  • Ensure the certifying agency has your photo on their website (no hats or sunglasses)

Time requirements:

  • 2 – 3 hours for online learning
  • 4 – 8 hours of instructor led surface & in-water training