One of the most relevant specialties a diver should learn and acquire - underwater navigation knowledge and skills!
A safe and enjoyable dive is measured by your ensured answers about the dive profile, the more you will know before the dive, the safer you will feel during the dive. The problems begin when you are not feeling confident to dive and there are too many questions about your dive plan, whether it is because you haven't talked about your plan in full or if it is because you do not have the knowledge and skills required to perform the dive. Orientation and navigation knowledge will give you the maximum security to enjoy your dive with no worries.
Acquiring those skills will help you get better orientation, better air consumption and will increase your self-confidence as a diver.
A navigation specialty course will prepare you to dive with a quiet mind and will teach you how to locate your entry and exit points, how to find the site and its points of interest, understanding the sea currents and conditions, navigating your way back, understanding underwater topography and orientating in both night and day dives.
Navigation specialty is a course that provides the ability to master navigational tools and to correctly read the underwater terrain as an aid to proper navigation.
The underwater navigation is quite harder than on the land due to various factors such as visibility, communication, and distance.
Knowing how to navigate is important to any diver, whether it is in the open sea or during offshore diving. After all, you have to know how to find the way back to the beach or to the boat.
During the navigation specialty course, you will perform special and challenging exercises that will give you the skills and tools to navigate at the highest level in order to dive safe and happy!
Navigation specialty course is a mandatory course for a Master Diver certification and an entry requirement for the Divemaster course!
Navigation specialty course layout includes:
uses of compasses, the purpose of the direction-of-travel indicator (DOT) and how to find it, distance estimation, navigating with partners, magnetic field and magnetic deviation, natural navigation according to the site logic, entry and exit spot, sites mapping, marine environment and oceanography topic and more.
Navigation specialty course dive no. 1: time measurement of fins flapping at a normal pace 100 meters away, Number of fins flapping measurement 100 meters away, working with compasses by swimming in different shapes, working with compasses with the assistance of the buddy and logging the dive.
Navigation specialty course dive no. 2: Site mapping according to natural and artificial objects.
Navigation specialty course dive no. 3: Navigation with natural objects.
Navigation specialty course snorkel: Preparing a dive site by placing buoys and finding DOT between them on the surface.
Navigation specialty course dive no. 4: Diving according to the plan we had using the DOTs and the measurements we did.
Dive planning must include surface breaks, non-decompression time, etc. The dives need to be recorded in the logbook.
~ 2 days.
~ Minimum age of 18, or 12 with parental consent.
~ Open Water Diver (1 star)
~ A healthy state of health (a health statement must be fulfilled before arriving at the course).