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PADI UNDERWATER NAVIGATOR COURSE CAPE TOWN - INTRODUCTION

Do you get lost easily underwater? Do you have trouble navigating your way through a dive site? Or do you just feel uncomfortable unless you have a Divemaster leading you? Then the PADI Underwater Navigator specialty course is the right one for you!

It will teach you the confidence to feel safe and at ease when diving on your own or with a buddy, without a Divemaster present.

After completing this course you will feel much more capable at dive planning, and in natural and compass navigating techniques. Take control of where your scuba diving will take you, and expand your horizons in leadership and confidence!

Quick overview of the PADI Underwater Navigator Course in Cape Town

  • You must have your PADI Open Water certification
  • Duration: 3 scuba dives (minimum 2 days)
  • Minimum age: 12
  • Duration is 3 days:
     It will focus on, the importance of navigation underwater, distance estimation, natural navigation, under water patterns, compass navigation and scuba dive site relocation.
  • Extra equipment: a compass.
  • Bring your swimsuit, sunscreen, towel, and a snack.

PADI UNDERWATER NAVIGATOR COURSE OUTLINE

We meet each morning at the Into the Blue shop in Cape Town as our central starting point. Here we do registration, theory and we also get your equipment. Meeting times are normally at 09:15. You can expect to be finished between 3 and 6 in the afternoon, depending on where we are diving on that day. Your will do both theory and practical which will comprise of:

Scuba Theory

There are two theory parts:

  • PADI Underwater Navigator Video
  • PADI Underwater Navigator Manual, complete and review the Knowledge reviews

Practical

  • Scuba Dive One:
    • Natural and Compass Navigation
    • Distance estimation
    • Navigate in a straight line using natural navigation
    • Navigate in a straight line using compass navigation
    • Navigate in a square pattern using a compass
  • Scuba Dive Two:
    • Navigating a route with a compass
    • Multiple- leg compass course
    • Fixing a specific location for relocation
  • Scuba Dive Three:
    • Navigating a route with a compass and underwater marker
    • Underwater compass course
    • Relocate location from dive two

PADI UNDERWATER SCUBA NAVIGATOR COURSE – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. Do you provide a compass or must we have our own?
    We have a limited number of compasses, so if we have available we can rent to you, however it is a good idea to have your own compass for future dives.

  2. Why would I want to do the underwater navigator course?
    It enables you to make more accurate and safer diving plans as well as making you feel more confident in scuba diving without a Divemaster present.

  3. Are compasses expensive?
    Depending on the type of compass you want they can range between R525 – R1050.

  4. Is it difficult?
    No it is not. We make sure that you are taught correctly to ensure that you have all the necessary skills to navigate under water.

 

What have others said about Into the Blue Scuba Dive Center?

Globetrekker Oxford

“Top marks for safety and professionalism”....

The reason for giving five stars is not because my dive day was good - it was horrible, a complete washout, no viz, unpleasant swell, just all round yucky conditions.

However, that's nature, and dive operators can do nothing about it. What all dive operators should do is be as professional and customer-focused as the guys from ITB diving.

First thing to note is that ITB is considerably cheaper (by almost 1000.- Rand) than Simonstown operators, which is baffling considering that they also have the transport cost from Cape Town to budget for.

DMs, Instructors and Shopfloor staff are all super friendly and helpful; I even got picked up from my Cape Town digs and dropped off afterwards, free of charge.

On the boat, I saw all the emergency and redundancy gear I like to see: twin engines (VERY important!), Oxygen, comms gear, flares, the lot. Briefings were thorough, and buddy check was insisted on.

The trip to Seal Rock in the RIB was fun in the swell, but when we got there the captain did not let us dive because of the unsafe conditions. Disappointing as this was, he was totally right. Low tide and heavy swells are a dangerous combination this close to the rocks, and as for trying to get back into a RIB in seas like this....
We then tried the PMB wreck, where zero viz and nasty vertical swell separated the group and forced us out of the water after 25 minutes.

The captain did offer to try another spot but was honest enough to tell us that in his opinion it was going to be rubbish everywhere, and so we called it a day.

Back at the dive shop, we were all offered a re-schedule, but as I'm out of time I was given half my money back. I know from experience that this is not the norm in the industry, sadly.

Into the Blue is a top notch outfit that does things by the book, with a strong safety focus and very customer centered, on top of offering reasonable pricing and a fair refund policy. You'll have a hard time to find a better operator anywhere around. They'll definitely be my first choice when I pass through next, and for doing my IDC sometime this year.

Just hope mother nature will be in better mood then.

Visited April 2017

 

Carina Koenig

Epic experience with the greatest team!�Thank you so much!

Julien van Zyl

I've been doing a scuba course with these guys, and am very impressed...

with the level of personal attention and professionalism. The staff are all warm, friendly and patient. I would highly recommend Into the Blue.