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UNDERWATER NAVIGATION SPECIALTY
As of January 1, 2017, DIVING FOR FUN will NO LONGER be offering training services. However, we wanted to continue to provide a list of the classes we offered along with course outlines as a reference for all our past customers.

Underwater Navigation - Underwater CompassCourse Overview: When you are underwater, knowing where you are and where you are going comes in handy, especially if you are looking for that beautiful reef that you have heard all about. The Underwater Navigation Specialty course will help you become a pro at finding your way underwater.

Prerequisites: Must be at least 10 years old and certified as a Junior Open Water Diver or an Open Water Diver.

Underwater Navigation - Underwater MappingCourse Activities: You will learn about planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of underwater navigation, methods of estimating distances underwater, natural navigation techniques, using underwater patterns, dive site relocation techniques, compass navigation techniques, and how to use a nav-finder. You will get to use your new knowledge during the 3 dives under the supervision of an instructor.
  • Classroom: There are one classroom session. The classroom session will cover each of the chapters, review your knowledge review answers and prepare you for the open water dives.
  • Independent Study: Read the Underwater Navigation Specialty Manual and complete Knowledge Reviews Parts I and II. You will need to turn in the knowledge review prior to certification or provide a copy of an Adventure Log signed by an appropriate instructor if you have already done dive one in connection with your Adventure Diver or Advanced Open Water Diver Certification.
  • Open Water Dives: The 3 open water dives are done at an area lake/scuba park or on a dive trip.
Underwater Navigation - Underwater MappingForms Required: Students training will need to complete the three (3) forms: Liability Release, Statement of Understanding, and Medical Statement prior to entering the water.

Materials/Equipment Required: Underwater Navigation Specialty Manual. Recommended: Underwater Navigation Specialty DVD.


Underwater Navigation - Underwater MappingLength of Course: If you have read the Underwater Navigation Specialty Manual, completed the all the knowledge reviews and watched the entire video prior to coming to class then the classroom will last approximately 1 - 2 hour depending upon class size.

Related Specialties: Project AWARE, Boat Diver, Coral Reef Conservation, Deep Diver, Drift Diver, Dry Suit Diver, Enriched Air (Nitrox), Equipment Specialist, Fish ID, Multi-Level Diver, Night Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy, UW Naturalist, UW Navigation, UW Digital Photo, UW Photo, UW Search & Recovery, Wreck Diver.

 OPEN WATER DIVES

Dive 1:
  • Distance Estimation - Swim a measured distance of 100 ft. at a normal, relaxed pace from one end to the other. While doing so, count the number of kick cycles it takes to cover the distance. Return to the starting point and measure the elapsed time needed to cover the distance. Record on your slate the number of kick cycles and time needed to swim the 100 feet.
  • Navigate a straight line underwater using natural navigation.
  • Navigate a straight line and its reciprocal using a compass.
  • Navigate a square pattern using a compass.
Dive 2:
  • Land Practice with compass and instructor-provided navigation pattern.
  • Navigate underwater a predetermined compass course with five or more compass turns - the provided compass course will return to starting point.
  • Fix a specific location underwater.
Dive 3:
  • Compass practice on land – walk a course, following the markers with the new headings marked on them.
  • Underwater Compass course with five or more new headings – following marker headings: (1) Descend at designated point. Once on the bottom, write down time. (2) Find first underwater marker – read new heading, set compass, turn in given direction and begin swimming to next marker. (3) Continue following markers until the course is complete. Once the last marker is found, write down time. (4) Surface and note location.

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