SDI Underwater Navigation

Divers are intensely fascinated by navigation… It allows them to make their way back to a special spot discovered on an earlier dive. They use the tricks and techniques of navigation to find an ideal exit point at the end of a dive without the need for an uncomfortable surface swim.Your SDI Underwater Navigation Specialty 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.

Course Cost: $149.00

ELearning Course Code: $69.00

Lake Training Dives: $80.00

Getting Certified Is a Two Step Process

  • Step 1  is to acquire all of the important academic information every certified diver must know. Traditionally, it required attending several hours of formal classroom training. Now, through on-line training, you can complete this phase through self-study, at your own pace, in the convenience of your home or office.
  • Step 2  is complete an open-water training dive under the supervision of your SDI Instructor. Here you will apply what you have learned during your academic and skill-development sessions, while learning practical lessons that can only be gained through real-world experience in open water.

What you can expect to learn:

The SDI Underwater Navigation Diver Course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • The aquatic environment
    • Vision
    • Light
    • Sound
    • Tides
    • Currents
    • Waves
    • Surge
  • Natural navigation
    • Bottom contours
    • Depth
    • Amount of light
    • Surge
    • Currents
    • Underwater objects
  • Compass
    • Types
    • Analog
    • Digital
    • Features
  • Compass use
  • Estimating distance underwater
  • Kick cycles
  • Time

Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:

  • Equipment set up
  • Dive planning
  • Predive checks
  • Orientation
  • Navigation
  • Skills are generally done with more success if practiced on the surface from shore. Using the shore or descent line as a starting/reference point makes keeping track of students easier
  • Practice compass use on the surface: out and back, in addition to square and triangle patterns
  • Perform square pattern on the bottom
  • Perform triangle pattern on the bottom
  • Buddy contact
  • Equipment disassembly
  • Log all dives

Also, the SDI Underwater Navigation Diver certification counts towards a single specialty rating to achieve the SDI Advanced Diver Development program.

march 2019

13mar6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

april 2019

10apr6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

20aprAll Day27Grand Cayman Group Trip

may 2019

08may6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

june 2019

01junAll Day08Bonaire Group Trip

12jun6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

july 2019

10jul6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

august 2019

03augAll Day10Roatan Group Trip

14aug6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

24augAll Day31Cozumel Group Trip

september 2019

11sep6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

october 2019

05octAll Day12Costa Rica Group Trip

09oct6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

november 2019

13nov6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

december 2019

11dec6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

january 2020

08jan6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

february 2020

12feb6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

Course Prerequisites:

  • SDI Open Water Scuba Diver, SDI Junior Open Water Diver, or equivalent
  • Minimum age 18, 10 with parental consent

What’s next after completing your Underwater Navigation course?

You can continue your diving education by checking out some of the other specialties or courses on our SDI Course Map.

SDI Underwater Navigation Diver minimum requirements:

  • Satisfactorily complete the SDI Underwater Navigation Diver Knowledge Quests with a passing score of 80%, followed by 100% remediation by the Instructor
  • Complete all open water requirements efficiently
  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution
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Costs

Course Cost: $149.00

ELearning Course Code: $69.00

Lake Training Dives: $80.00

How Does It Work

Getting Certified Is a Two Step Process

  • Step 1  is to acquire all of the important academic information every certified diver must know. Traditionally, it required attending several hours of formal classroom training. Now, through on-line training, you can complete this phase through self-study, at your own pace, in the convenience of your home or office.
  • Step 2  is complete an open-water training dive under the supervision of your SDI Instructor. Here you will apply what you have learned during your academic and skill-development sessions, while learning practical lessons that can only be gained through real-world experience in open water.
What Does It Cover

What you can expect to learn:

The SDI Underwater Navigation Diver Course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • The aquatic environment
    • Vision
    • Light
    • Sound
    • Tides
    • Currents
    • Waves
    • Surge
  • Natural navigation
    • Bottom contours
    • Depth
    • Amount of light
    • Surge
    • Currents
    • Underwater objects
  • Compass
    • Types
    • Analog
    • Digital
    • Features
  • Compass use
  • Estimating distance underwater
  • Kick cycles
  • Time

Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:

  • Equipment set up
  • Dive planning
  • Predive checks
  • Orientation
  • Navigation
  • Skills are generally done with more success if practiced on the surface from shore. Using the shore or descent line as a starting/reference point makes keeping track of students easier
  • Practice compass use on the surface: out and back, in addition to square and triangle patterns
  • Perform square pattern on the bottom
  • Perform triangle pattern on the bottom
  • Buddy contact
  • Equipment disassembly
  • Log all dives

Also, the SDI Underwater Navigation Diver certification counts towards a single specialty rating to achieve the SDI Advanced Diver Development program.

Calendar

march 2019

13mar6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

april 2019

10apr6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

20aprAll Day27Grand Cayman Group Trip

may 2019

08may6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

june 2019

01junAll Day08Bonaire Group Trip

12jun6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

july 2019

10jul6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

august 2019

03augAll Day10Roatan Group Trip

14aug6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

24augAll Day31Cozumel Group Trip

september 2019

11sep6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

october 2019

05octAll Day12Costa Rica Group Trip

09oct6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

november 2019

13nov6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

december 2019

11dec6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

january 2020

08jan6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

february 2020

12feb6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

Prerequisites

Course Prerequisites:

  • SDI Open Water Scuba Diver, SDI Junior Open Water Diver, or equivalent
  • Minimum age 18, 10 with parental consent
Whats Next

What’s next after completing your Underwater Navigation course?

You can continue your diving education by checking out some of the other specialties or courses on our SDI Course Map.

What Else

SDI Underwater Navigation Diver minimum requirements:

  • Satisfactorily complete the SDI Underwater Navigation Diver Knowledge Quests with a passing score of 80%, followed by 100% remediation by the Instructor
  • Complete all open water requirements efficiently
  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution

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