PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty

PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty

PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty

Be the scuba diver everyone wants to follow! The PADI Underwater Navigator course fine-tunes your observation skills and helps you learn to more accurately use your compass underwater. You’ll not only know where you are, but where you’re going too! If you like challenges with big rewards, take this course and have fun finding your way.

Become the diver everyone wants to follow. Make your sense of direction legendary with the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course.

Finding your way is not a matter of luck! When everyone’s buzzing about a reef, they’re having a great time – until it’s time to go, then they’ll turn to you.

After some self study using the PADI Underwater Navigator manual you will complete three dives over a day with your PADI instructor.

During the PADI Underwater Navigator course you’ll fine-tune your observation skills and learn to more accurately use your compass underwater.

This course will also count towards the prestigious PADI Master Scuba Diver rating and the first dive of this Specialty course may count towards the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Certification. 


Basic Course: £205

Standard Course: £265

Deluxe Course: £295

Executive Option: additional £100 on Basic, Standard or Deluxe Course fee.

Elite Option: We’ll come to you! For an additional £150 on the Basic, Standard or Deluxe Course fee we’ll complete the training at your own facilities.


Min Age: 10 years old

Medically Fit: Complete this Medical Statement and have GP countersign if required.

Ability: You will need to be PADI Open Water Diver (or Junior Open Water Diver) certified to enrol onto this course.

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Knowledge Development 

As part of the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty Course, you’ll complete some Knowledge Development before the fun bits. This will be reviewed with your instructor before putting the theory into practice during three open water dives.

The theory side can be completed at you own pace before being reviewed. Currently only available as a physical manual, this can be collected from the NHDC Dive Centre.


Open Water Dives

Over the course of a day, you’ll complete three open water dives with your NHDC PADI Instructor. During these dives you’ll practice and come to master skills relating to:

  • Natural and compass navigation, including the use of straight-line bearings and reciprocal bearings
  • How to relocate a dive site or submerged position from the surface
  • Techniques for estimating distance underwater
  • Enjoying the rewards outstanding navigation skills can bring

We’ll provide everything you need. We pride ourselves on ensuring there are no hidden costs.

We will provide all the basic, as well as specialised, equipment for diving while navigating Comfort is everything in scuba diving, therefore if you already have your own equipment, we’d encourage you to bring it along to ensure it’s ideal to use for scuba diving.

Knowledge Development can be completed at your own pace but will be reviewed with the NHDC team before certification.

Open Water dives are completed over a day at the weekend, usually a Saturday, with courses arranged on a regular basis.

New Horizons aims to be flexible with arranging courses to suit your schedule so if the scheduled dates are not convenient please give us a call to discuss suitable alternatives.

 On all of our PADI Underwater Navigator course options you will receive…

  • Coaching and on-going support from an experienced, passionate and professional PADI Instructor
  • Equipment Orientation (when using specialised equipment)
  • 1 hour (minimum) Knowledge Review (with your NHDC PADI Instructor)
  • 1.5 hours (minimum) Skills Development (open water dives)
  • FREE rental of all required equipment (including, but not limited to: cylinders & air fills, dive computer, fins, mask, snorkel, drysuit & undersuit, specialist equipment [e.g. compasses])
  • Course materials 
  • PADI Certification

Our dives are usually completed in UK water, therefore we recommend you use a drysuit and undersuit for greater comfort. If you have no previous drysuit experience, we will arrange a pool based orientation session for an additional £40 before your weekend in Open Water so you are fully prepared and confident to jump in.

Please note, our course fees covers equipment rental, pool entry fees, PADI Certification fees etc, but do not cover entry fees to open water dive sites. These vary according to location; please ask for further details.


Basic Course

All of the above


Standard course

all of the above, plus a Suunto SK8 Compass


Deluxe Course

All of the above, a Sunnto SK8 compass, plus a compatible retractor.

Knowledge Development 

Completed in your own time, this can be started at any time and completed at your own pace. Currently only available as a physical manual the course materials can be collected from the NHDC Dive Centre.

An initial £75 deposit will ensure course materials can be issued, allowing you to start as soon as you want!

The NHDC team will be on hand to help you through and answer any questions as you progress. We will then review things and allow you to ask any questions you may have before the fun bits start.


Skills Development 

During the course of three dives, spread over a single day, you’ll put into practice the things you’ve been reading about. We offer standard schedules, with a minimum of 1.5 hours spent in the water practicing and ultimately mastering various specialist underwater navigation skills.


Basic Course

Complete the PADI Underwater Navigator Course following our standard schedules.


Standard Course

Complete the PADI Underwater Navigator Course following our standard schedules. Ensure you’re able to navigate any time you’re in the water with your own wrist or console mountable Suunto SK8 compass.


Deluxe Course

Complete the PADI Underwater Navigator Course following our standard schedules. Ensure you’re able to navigate any time you’re in the water with your own wrist or console mountable Suunto SK8 compass. Convert the compass into a BCD mountable system with a compatible retractor system.


Executive Option

Our standard schedules are designed to offer flexibility, however, if these aren’t convenient, or if you feel you’d benefit from the more personal touch, we can tailor our schedules to a more bespoke timetable.

This executive option allows a 1:1 program, giving you the chance to work with a member of the NHDC team to become a master of deep diving.


Elite Option

If you have access to your own facilities, we can come to you! We will work with you to make a truly tailor-made course schedule. Use the course materials then when you’re ready, we’ll complete the Skills Development at your own facilities. Choose to join us at our usual open water dive sites, or let us escort you overseas. There’s a whole world of possibilities.


Trip Completion

This course may be conducted and completed on one of our trips. Please get in touch with the team to discuss this option and applicable discounts.


Payment Plans

A single £75 deposit will allow us to issue the relevant course materials.

Further instalment payments can be made with the final balance paid before the open water weekend (or final pool session if completing the Referral option). Talk to us about instalment payment options.

Let us know you want to join us! Simply send us a Course Booking Form and completed Medical Statement. Once we’ve received your deposit we’ll issue your course materials, so you can get started straight away!

Get in touch for our bank account details or to make payment over the phone.

Your place will be confirmed on receipt of the Course Medical Statement (Countersigned by a GP if required). Please note, we will not be able to start any in water activities without one!