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Underwater Navigation Specialty Course
Early Polynesian navigators routinely crossed thousands of miles of open ocean in outrigger canoes, using only their own senses and knowledge, a tradition passed down from generation to generation. These early peoples used natural navigation clues such as the motion of specific stars, weather, wildlife species, and directions of swells on the ocean, colors of the sea and sky and angles of approaching harbors to navigate their way from point A to point B on the ocean’s surface. Today, we still use natural navigation clues to navigate above and below the water, but the invention of the compass and other navigational instruments makes navigation a much easier albeit still a very challenging task.
Despite more than an hour underwater and covering a lot of ground, scuba divers can successfully reach their intended mark by integrating natural navigation techniques (environmental observation) and their skill of using instruments like the compass. Whether your first navigation dive or your hundredth, few moments in diving compare with the satisfaction and pride you feel when you navigate a distance or specific navigation pattern and hit your mark dead-on. Keep that thought, the philosophy of this course is to focus on fun and challenging underwater navigation dives with an emphasis on safety. Thus, the goal of this course is to teach student divers a systematic, methodical approach to enjoying underwater navigation. Student divers will develop the techniques involved in navigating underwater within recreational limits and while avoiding disturbing delicate marine life.
The best way to learn underwater navigation procedures and to apply them is by doing it. This course philosophy therefore, expands student diver knowledge about environmental clues that help them to navigate, how to use a compass for precision, patterns that aid navigation, navigational instruments and how to interact responsibly with the aquatic life they’ll see while navigating underwater.
Dive requirement: 3 Dives over 2 daysCost: $350 US per diver
Multi-Diver Discount: two or more divers joining together will get a 10% multi-diver discount off the cost of the course: $315 US per diver.
Prerequisites: 10 years of age and must hold a PADI Open Water Certification or the equivilent from another recognized training agency.
Please email us you schedule of dates you would be available to dive in Tulum. This course is not on schedule everyday, but if you let us know when you will be here we will do our best to get one scheduled for you.