Navigation Diver

Navigation Diver


This course will help you overcome the obstacles inherent to finding your way underwater. You will learn how easy and simple navigation can be and how it will help you both above and below the surface.

During this course, you will review natural aids such as sand ripples or reef formations, which can accurately predict your route. Tools such as mechanical or digital compasses are a surprising challenge to the novice but we will help you unravel the challenge and teach the practical skills and techniques you’ll need to use them effectively.

This course is designed to give students a greater understanding and experience on how to properly navigate underwater using both natural and compass navigation.

Upcoming Courses

Jasper                          Twin Lakes                         
June 22-23 2024
July 20-21 2024
Aug 24-25 2024
Sept 21-22 2024                    
Contact us for dates

Who this course is for

  • The certified diver looking for a higher sense of direction and orientation while scuba diving

Course prerequisites

  • SDI Open Water Scuba Diver, SDI Junior Open Water Diver, or equivalent
  • Minimum age 18, 12 with parental consent
  • Recommended 10 or more logged dives, some of which must be recent (with-in the last 6 months)
  • Cold water experience. In order to complete this course locally you should have some dive experience in cold water prior to this course.

Equipment requirements

  • Underwater slate or wetnotes
  • Underwater compass

What you can expect to learn

  • The aquatic environment: vision, light, sound, tides, currents, waves, surge
  • Natural navigation techniques
  • Compass use
  • Estimating distances underwater
  • Kick cycles
  • Time

Certification Requirements

  • Pre-Course Study: Prior to the start of the course, students must successfully complete the Student Manual with IQ Review.
  • Open Water Dives: With a qualified instructor, students will complete two dives in an open water environment.

Course fees do not include gear, tanks, airfills, travel, accommodations, training materials.


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