Most of the diving we do is guided dives, Discover Scuba Dives or Open Water and Advanced Open Water courses. From time to time however we do get divers who want to specialize and learn more about a specific subject in diving. For instance Wreck dive specialty or Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty.
One of the specialties we love to teach is the Navigation Specialty, or Underwater Navigator Course. In this 3 open water dives course you will learn how to navigate underwater working with you compass but also using natural navigation points. Just like you use specific points on the surface (‘at the traffic lights turn right’) you do the same underwater. What do you see when you reach the reef? What does it look like from the other side? How deep is it? This way you try to find points during your whole dive, so that on the way back you will have references to find you starting point again. Believe me, it’s not always as easy as it sounds.
Besides learning how to use natural navigation points and basic compass use you will also learn how to use your compass to find a specific spot back on another day, using 3 compass headings. This way you can find your way back easily, for instance if you found something you want to go back for to retrieve (trash that is to heavy to lift without a lift bag for instance) or to take pictures of.
A very useful course, this Navigation Specialty. It will make you more aware of your surroundings and more self-confident for when you go diving without a dive master or instructor to guide you. How much fun is it to bring your dive buddy back to exactly the point where you entered the water? Imagine their surprised looks when you manage to do this every single dive!!!
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