PADI – Underwater Navigator

With the PADI – Underwater Navigator course you learn the fundamentals of underwater orientation. Using a compass combined with conditions and environmental observations you will learn to orientate yourself and better navigate.

When we know where we going and where we are coming from it increases confidence and our comfort level. It also enables divers who take part in non-guided dives to maximize the efficiency of their dives and their plans. Nothing better than avoiding long swims and surfacing at the ladder of the boat or at the pier where the dive started.

The PADI - Underwater Navigator specialty course

The different sections of the course.


The theory is quite simple since orientation is much more of a practical thing. But it covers subjects like bottom types, luminosity, currents, and other clues and observations that are used for navigation and orientation.

Practice on land

Before jumping into the water it is a good idea to practice on land. Your instructor has a much easier time to correct and provide tips and guidance. It is also a good way to keep our skills sharp when we are not diving.

Dives in open water

In 2 dives on a trip, you will have the chance to test what you have learned in the course. You will demonstrate that you can navigate the site with the assistance and guidance of your instructor. You will also learn the planning, spotting, and orientation that is done out of the water, even before the dive starts.

Timeline of the PADI - Underwater Navigator specialty course

This dive specialty usually takes 2 days to complete for the basic course option, including 2 dives in open water. It is possible to make the course a lot more complete by adding two extra dives. This way you can perfect your skills and knowledge to a higher level.

Example of a course schedule on two days

  • Paperwork and account creation on PADI
  • Forms and payments
  • Academic support presentation
  • Self-study
  • Review of the theory if completed online before
  • Navigation workshop on land
  • Self-study
  • Exams
  • Breakfast at the dive center
  • Planning and briefing of the first dive
  • Orientation at the surface
  • Route planning
  • First dive
  • Debriefing of skills and dives
  • Lunch on the boat
  • Predive planning of the 2nd dive
  • Route planning of the second dive
  • Fourth dive
  • Debriefing
  • Logbook entries on the way back or at the dive center
  • Certification

PADI - Underwater Navigator course prerequisites

To enroll in the PADI – Underwater Navigator course, participants need to be undertaking or already be certified as a PADI – Open Water Diver. Equivalent certifications from other certifying agencies are also valid to take part in the course. Participants must also be 12 years or older. For people less than 18 years of age, written permission along with liability releases need to be provided by the parents or legal guardian.

Requirements in short:

  • To have an PADI – Open Water Diver or equivalent certification.
  • 12 years old

What is included in the PADI - Underwater Navigator specialty course

Courses and packages include everything needed for the completion of the course. No surprise fees or additional rental. Bring sunscreen, a towel, and a smile and you are set. We will take care of the rest.

  • The PADI learning material in electronic format for the duration of the course
  • The instructor
  • The certification card in electronic format (available in a plastic format on special request)
  • Rental of the full kit of gear including; mask, fins, snorkel, short wetsuit, regulator set, buoyancy compensator, and weight system. Dive computer, reel, compass, slates, tanks, and fills are included as needed.
  • Meals and snacks when taking part in trips include breakfast and lunch, as well as fruits, refreshments, tea, coffee, soft drinks, electrolyte drinks, and of course drinking water.

Packages offered for the course

Prices of the PADI – Underwater Navigator course starts with the basics which includes 2 dives. It is possible to add additional dives to the course.

PADI - Underwater Navigator Packages Prices
The PADI - Underwater Navigator basic course (2 dives)8,000
The option of 2 extra dives with your instructor+1,600
Prices are subject to changes without prior notice. We recommend contacting us directly to obtain up-to-date prices and a more personalized service.

What you need to know about the PADI - Underwater Navigator course

The program gives you the basics and fundamentals of navigation but the experience is an important factor. Results may vary from one individual to the next.

This is why we encourage divers to pursue and practice navigation.

PADI - Underwater Navigator, what comes after

Knowing how to navigate helps a lot to find objects underwater. Another program that goes hand in hand with navigation is the PADI – Search and Recovery Diver specialty course. You could also look into becoming a dive leader yourself. The PADI – Underwater Navigator course is a great advantage in becoming a good PADI – Divemaster.

Related to the course:

  • The PADI – Search and Recovery Diver specialty course
  • The PADI – Divemaster program