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Important tools for navigating

Learn how to effectively use a compass underwater! 

Navigate professionally

Learn how to use a navfinder to plot your dive!

Look differently

You learn to look differently at the underwaterworld when you combine compass navigation with natural navigation techniques

Do the PADI Underwater Navigation Specialty to:

  • Become an expert in navigating underwater and improve your navigation on land
  • Feel more comfortable underwater because you know where you are
  • Know how to make and use underwater maps

PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty Features

In three dives and two theory sessions you will learn about:

Underwater navigation techniques

  • Pre-dive observations to aid navigation
  • Methods for estimating distance underwater
  • Using natural references above and underwater
  • Learning the basics of making an underwater map

Dive patterns

  • Navigation patterns commonly used by divers
  • Tracking a multi-heading course
  • Using a course plotter
  • Determining pattern headings with a heading calculator

Compass navigation

  • Features of underwater compasses
  • Correct positioning for diving with a compass
  • Setting compasses and methods for avoiding compass errors
  • Methods for using compass bearings to fix and relocate underwater sites

PADI Underwater Navigation Specialty Prerequisites

Minimum age

  • 10 years old

Diving Certificate and Experience

Underwater Navigation Equipment


  • Standard set of diving equipment
  • Dive computer
  • Compass
PADI Underwater Navigation Specialty

Key Information
Prerequisites: PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver (or equivalent) 
Minimum age: 10 years old
Duration:  3 dives (2 days)
Required study materials: PADI eLearning - Underwater Navigator

PADI Underwater Navigation Specialty on Crete Video