Underwater Navigator

Underwater Navigator

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.


If you’re an Open Water Diver who is at least 10 years old, you can enroll in the Underwater Navigator specialty course.

The Learning

You’ll learn the tools of the trade, including navigation using natural clues and by following compass headings. During three scuba dives, you’ll practice:

  • Methods to estimate distance underwater.
  • Compass navigation while making at least five turns.
  • Marking or relocating a submerged object or position from the surface.
  • Underwater map making.

​Also, the first dive of the Underwater Navigator course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask us about earning credit.

You may be able to get college credit for the Underwater Navigator course.



​Course tuition includes:

  • PADI Underwater Navigator eLearning
  • Instructional dives with our professional crew*
  • Certification processing
  • Certification card

*Scuba park admission, air fills and scuba equipment rental not included. Add $120 if you require rental regulator, BCD and dive computer.

Get Started

​Stop by or call us to enroll in the course and get the PADI Underwater Navigator Crew-Pak that includes your manual and video. By studying before the dives, you’ll be better prepared to start practicing your navigational skills when you go diving with your Instructor.

The Gear

Besides your basic scuba equipment, you’ll need a compass and underwater slate with pencil. Your Instructor may suggest other gear to help you stay oriented, such as marker buoys or lines and reels.

​The Next Step

​With your PADI Underwater Navigator certification, you’re well on your way toward earning additional specialty diver certifications, the Advanced Open Water Diver certification, or the prestigious Master Scuba Diver certification. You may want to expand your diving skills even more with the Rescue Diver course. Ask your instructor or divemaster, stop by either International Scuba location, or give us a call for more details.