In this specialty program, you will gain the advanced skills and knowledge you need to safely and confidently navigate underwater. You will learn how to use a compass and natural navigation techniques, estimate distance, how to leave and return to a designated point, plus basic navigation patterns.
You will also be taught how to combine navigation techniques to enhance your diving experience. All of which hones your underwater observation skills, improves your dive safety and helps you to get the most out of every dive. Upon completion, you will earn the SSI Navigation Specialty certification.
Prerequisites for Navigation
Certification prerequisites: Minimum Open Water Certification
Minimum age is 15
All persons under the age of 18 require parent/guardian signature for participation.
Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied with a parent/guardian over the age of 18.
Successfully complete the fitness to dive questionnaire. Some medical conditions may prevent you from diving. For Example: heart disease, asthma, or epilepsy. Cost of diving medical is not included. A medical is only required if you answer yes to any of the following questions on this form.
Completion over one day (duration approx. 5-10hrs)
Max depth 30m/100ft
Mask, Snorkel, Fins and Boots
Diving equipment e.g., Tank, Regulator, Gauge, BCD, Weights and Wetsuit.
Transport is not included
What To Bring
Mask, Snorkel, Fins, and Boots
Completed paperwork with Parent/Guardian signature if required. (Contact our shop staff if you are unsure)
Open Water certification card
Diving equipment e.g., Tank, Regulator, Gauge, BCD, Weights and Wetsuit (can be rented on the day)
Flying After Diving Guidelines
For a single no-decompression dive, a minimum prefight surface interval of 12 hours is suggested. (Including pool and shallow water immersions)
For multiple dives per day or multiple days of diving, a minimum prefight surface interval of 18 hours is suggested. Dive Newcastle recommends 24 hours to err on the side of safety.
For dives requiring decompression stops, 24 hours minimum is recommended. To err on the side of safety, many divers plan a 24-hour surface interval or longer and spend their time exploring topside attractions.
All divers and students need to follow the recommendation given by the manufacturer of the dive computer regarding No-Fly Times and should always take the most conservative approach regarding flying after diving. Waiting longer before flying when possible after diving and exploring the top side during this period is always your best approach. This information is discussed further and in more detail during your dive course.