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PADI Underwater Navigator

Learn how to navigate new dive sites and find your way every time!

PADI Underwater Navigator Course

About the Course

$399 – Private one-on-one course

$249 – Bring 1 friend – SAVE $150 per person!

$199 – Bring 2 friends – SAVE $200 per person!

$175 – Bring 3 friends – SAVE $224 per person!

Besides neutral buoyancy, the core skill of underwater navigation is one of those skills any scuba diver would like to master as quickly as possible to become a good diver!

Finding your way to the entry/exit point is reasonably easy in South Australia, but knowing where you are at all times by using your compass and eyes (by focussing on depth, bottom contour, the position of the sun and underwater landmarks or key points of a dive site) is not as easy as it seems!

The PADI Underwater Navigator specialty course will teach you these skills and more. Over the course of 2 dives, you will learn different techniques of navigating underwater and become more confident in finding your way underwater!

The Diving Adelaide navigation specialty course can be bundled with the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Course, as these two core skills lay a solid foundation to build up the rest of your scuba skills!

Before you start the Course

Standard Course Schedule

This course is run over a single day with a quick theory review in the morning and 2 dives during the day. It’s an action packed day that usually runs for about 8-9 hours, so make sure you’re prepared for a big day! We normally start the day at 9AM at the dive centre and do two ocean dives at Port Noarlunga Reef afterwards. We normally finish the second dive around 3:30PM!

Things to bring:

  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Certification Card (or equivalent)

  • PADI Underwater Navigator eLearning Results

Usual Schedule:

Independent Study(2 – 4 Hours)PADI eLearning
Saturday Morning9AM-10:30AMTheory & Gear Fitting
Saturday Afternoon11:30AM-5:00PMOcean Dives 1 & 2


PADI eLearning®

Where some dive schools still choose to teach the theory side of the learn to dive course in a traditional classroom setting, Diving Adelaide has chosen for the faster, cost-effective way of teaching the theory via online training. To us, the advantages of e-learning are clear:


  • E-learning provides a single experience that accomodates the three disctinct styles of auditory learners, visual learners and kinesthetic learners, allowing for more efficient training.

  • E-learning is self-paced. Advanced learners are allowed to speed through the theory, while others slow their own progress through content, eliminating frustration with themselves, their fellow learners and the course.

  • E-learning has on-demand availability, which allows the student to complete the training conveniently at off-hours or from home (as a student you can log on and off to do parts of the theory as many times as you want) and doesn’t require the student to travel to training location.

  • E-Learning reduces the learning time on average by 40 to 60 percent, which means the overall time that you will be spending on the theory will most likely be only half of the time you would have spent in a classroom setting.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The official minimum requirement for this course is a PADI Open Water Diver Course Certification (or equivalent), so we can run the course for PADI Open Water Divers, but the requirement in that case is to do 3 dives, one of which will be repeated during your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course. 

We therefore recommend getting certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver before signing up for the course, as you will already complete the first dive of the PADI Underwater Navigator during your advanced course, as this is one of the mandatory dives of the course.

The additional cost of running this course as a 3-dive course is +$99.

Have you completed your Open Water or Advanced Open Water Diver certification with a different agency? PADI recognise most other training agencies, such as SSI or RAID, so you can simply cross over to the PADI system by booking onto this course. If in doubt, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

We have taught the youngest kids all the way up to 70 years old to dive, so don’t think you need to be superfit to participate in this course!

There are no waterman skills (swims or floats) to complete before the course, but you have to be comfortbale in the water of course and be able to carry the equipment (including a tank and weights).

All participants need to fill out a dive medical questionnaire before the course. Simply follow the steps on the form to determine whether you will need clearance to start your course. We recommend SPUMS Diving Dr Anne Sampson from Hallett Cove for dive medicals (Mobile: 0418 803 250).

The minimum number of participants for us to run the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty Course is just one, as this course can be taught as a private course.

The minimum age to do this course with us is just 12 years old.

Whether you’re sick, got COVID19, need to isolate, haven’t completed the PADI eLearning in time or can’t make the proposed course dates anymore, you can reschedule at any time before or during the course for any reason.

To reschedule, we will charge a small rescheduling fee of $99. As soon as a course spot is booked, we reserve a company van and book in an instructor for your course. The rescheduling fee will be used to cover the costs.

The theory for the PADI Underwater Navigator Course is delivered through PADI eLearning. The eLearning is included in the course fee.

The theory for this course takes approximately 2 – 4 hours to complete. 

The main thing to remember is that we are going to get wet anyway, so if it rains a little that is totally fine (you will be nice and warm in your new drysuit).

However, we are of course dependent on the weather, with the wind and swell being the main factors that determine whether we can go diving safely. If the weather forecast predicts large swells or high winds, we may have to transfer the course to a different weekend. We always keep an eye on the weather forecast and will notify you beforehand if we expect this to be the case!

The PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty Course is normally run over 1 full day with a quick theory review and gear fitting session in the morning and 2 ocean dives during the day.

Please block a full day in your agenda for the day. Exact times and the dive site will be confirmed by your instructor on the course. 

Any dive centre around the world will recognise your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course certification card. PADI is the largest certification agency in the world with more than 6000 dive centres worldwide.


Even if you end up diving somewhere in the world with a non-PADI dive centre, they will recognise your certification.

All dive gear will be provided by Diving Adelaide for the duration of the course if required, including mask, snorkel and fins!

To guarantee a perfect fit and the most enjoyable experience, we recommend coming in store to have a look at our masks, as the mask is the most important piece of equipment!

Having your own compass is recommended for this course, but one can be supplied (at no extra cost) for use during the course if required.

Once you have succesfully completed the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty Course, you will have gained the experience to dive confidently and trust your navigation abilities to find your way back to the boat or the entry point of your dive!

You will be added to the Diving Adelaide newsletter, where we announce our (free) social shore dives for ex-students and our weekends away, interstate and international dive trips and so much more!

You can join any of the dive clubs in Adelaide as well. Many dive clubs run boat dives for just $25 for a single dive or $35 for 2 dives!

Keen to take the next step?
You’re now one step closer to achieving the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating! This rating is achieved by completing your core courses (open water, advanced open water and rescue diver) as well as 5 specialty and completing a minimum of 50 dives!

Most people will have completed their advanced course before taking the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty Course. In that case, we recommend taking the PADI Rescue Diver Course next, which is designed in a way that you can sign up for it straight after your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course. The course runs over just 1 weekend (or 2 weekdays)! During the rescue course you will learn how to prevent and handle diving emergencies and become a more competent diver and dive buddy.

Booking Terms & Conditions

No shows, cancellations and transfers

  1. If you cancel your course on or within 7 days of the start date of the course, no refund will be given.
  2. If you cancel your course 7+ days before the start date, a cancellation fee of $99 will apply. Please note the PADI Underwater Navigator eLearning ($125) of this course is non-refundable.
  3. If you fail to attend your course without notification, no refund will be given.
  4. You may reschedule your course before the course starts at any time and for any reason (including sickness, not completing eLearning in time and  COVID-19 related issues such as isolation). A $99 rescheduling fee will apply.
  5. If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions on the dive medical questionnaire, clearance to dive by a SPUMS dive doctor will have to be provided at the start of the course (stating you are fit to dive unconditionally). Failure to do so will result in a $99 rescheduling fee.
  6. You may transfer the course to someone else at no charge before the start of the course. Please note the PADI eLearning portion of this course ($125) may be transferrable, but if already redeemed, will need to be purchased again.
  7. All instructions are provided in English only. You are required to be proficient in English. Other students cannot translate on behalf of your instructor (no translation services can be used).
  8. If you fail to complete the course during the scheduled times, a $99 rescheduling fee will be payable to complete the course at a later date.
  9. Failure to adhere to all of the pre-course requirements found on the course overview page (including completion of any online training) will result in cancellation of the course. No refund will be given and rebooking will be at full cost.
  10. You need to be comfortable in the water and have dived in recent years. If you’re not comfortable in the water or are not sure, please contact us beforehand or book a Refresher Course first. Failure to do so may result in course cancellation without refund and rebooking will be at full cost.
  11. Courses must be completed within 90 days of the original start date.
  12. Under 18’s must have a parental waiver signed by parent/guardian on or before the start day of the course.
  13. All fees are per person.
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