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Underwater Navigation

pool-briefingBe the scuba diver everyone wants to follow because you know where you are and where you’re going. The Underwater Navigation course fine-tunes your observation skills and teaches you to more accurately use your compass underwater. If you like challenges with big rewards, take this course and have fun finding your way.




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You’ll learn the tools of the trade, including navigation using natural clues and by following compass headings. During three scuba dives, you’ll practice:

  • Methods to estimate distance underwater.
  • Compass navigation while making at least five turns.
  • Marking or relocating a submerged object or position from the surface.
  • Underwater map making.


If you have not done so, I encourage you to take a few minutes and read the Frequently Asked Questions and Our Training Philosophy pages. Below is detailed information on the process of getting started and completing your training.

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We put as much information on here to create as complete a picture as possible of the Underwater Navigation certification process. Read through it and if you have any questions, or prefer to talk  to someone about what’s involved, please Contact Us.


  • Be at least 12 years old.
  • Be certified as an Open Water Diver (or equivalent)
  • Be in good mental and physical condition.

Paperwork: Download and Complete

Stop by the Shop

  • Bring your completed paperwork or complete it at the shop with Jeff or Rami.
  • Sign up and pay for the course. Please see the Cost tab for details.
  • Set up your eLearning program (or you can do it at home later). We will send you the code.
  • Go over any other details or questions you may have, and confirm schedule.
  • Purchase or make rental arrangements for gear you need for class.

Classroom Sessions

  • For group classes, please see the Upcoming Classes tab. For a private course, we will create a schedule together that works for you.
  • You will attend one classroom session, about four hours long.
  • All classroom sessions are held at the dive shop.

Underwater Navigation Certification Dives

  • Three required open water certification dives done in a single day.
  • All certification dives are done with us at Haigh Quarry, in Kankakee, between May and October.
Spots Remaining are as of 04/10/2017
Day Date Start End
Classroom Session Thursday July 13 7:00 PM 10:30 PM
     – 4 Spots Remaining
Open Water Dives Sunday July 22 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
     – 4 Spots Remaining

Gear you are responsible for providing:

  • Buoyancy Control Device (BCD) with integrated weight pockets *
  • Regulator system with a submersible pressure gauge *
  • Dive computer *
  • Suitable dry suit system or wet suit *
  • Hood *
  • Gloves *
  • Mask
  • Snorkel
  • Fins and Boots
  • Student Logbook

* Gear items that may be rented.

Gear included in your course fee:

  • Tanks and air fills
  • Weights

We offer two types of courses to complete your training: Group and Private

Group Training ($450):

  • Minimum of four students, maximum eight
  • Classroom and Certification Dive dates are set and may be viewed on the Upcoming Classes tab.

Private Training ($750):

  • These classes are ideal for:
    • Students who have a tight time frame or complicated schedule.
    • Students who need or want one on one-or-one-on-two training.
    • 12 year olds must do private lessons and no more than two students.
  • Minimum of one student, maximum four
  • Dates may be scheduled on weekdays or weekends

Included in both Prices:

  • eLearning program and all course materials
  • All classroom sessions
  • Use of SCUBA Gear (as noted on Gear tab)
  • All certification dives
  • Air fills
  • Water and snacks
  • Certification processing
  • All taxes