Low Key Watersports offers PADI diving courses so you can get certified on St. John. With several open-water and e-learning courses to choose from, we’ve got you covered.
PADI Underwater Navigator
- Adult Student Divers Ages 15+
- Junior Student Divers Ages 10-14
Be the scuba diver everyone wants to follow because you know where you are and where you’re going. The PADI Underwater Navigator 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.
If you’re a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver who is at least 10 years old, you can enroll in the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course.
You’ll learn to use natural clues to navigate and also practice:
Methods to estimate distance underwater
- Compass navigation while making multiple turns
- Marking or relocating a submerged object or position from the surface
- Underwater map making
The first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your instructor about earning credit. You may be able to get college credit for the Underwater Navigator course – ask your instructor.
Beyond using basic scuba equipment, you’ll need your own compass (available in our dive center) and either a dive computer or a timing device. Your Low Key PADI Pro may suggest additional equipment and accessories depending on your needs.
To get started:
- Call or Click the Book Now Button on this page to sign up for your specific dive dates
On Your Dive Day:
- Meet with your Low Key Dive Instructor to review your eLearning and prepare for your dive
After completing the online portion of the course, you will plan your learning path with your instructor by choosing from a long list of Adventure Dives. There are two required dives – Deep and Underwater Navigation – and you choose the other three, for a total of five dives. During the Deep Adventure Dive, you learn how to plan dives to deal with the physiological effects and challenges of deeper scuba diving. The Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive refines your compass navigation skills and helps you better navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time.
The other knowledge and skills you get vary with your interest and the adventures you have chosen from the following specialty areas:
- Boat diving
- Delayed Surface Marker Buoy
- Digital Underwater Photography
- Peak Performance Buoyancy Control
- Fish Identification
- Exploring Wrecks and many more
You may be able to get college credit for the Advanced Open Water Diver course, just ask us to send you the form.
Beyond using basic scuba equipment, you’ll need a compass and dive knife or dive tool. A dive computer or timing device and eRDP ml/RDP Table.
You’ll also use specialized gear depending on the Adventure Dives you choose. For example, you’d obviously use a dry suit for the Dry Suit Adventure Dive (yes, we can teach that here in St. John, but you would need to bring your own dry suit) or a lift-bag for lifting heavy objects during the Search and Recovery Adventure Dive. Some of the equipment is provided and some you may need to have to complete the dive. Your PADI Instructor will explain the equipment that you need and may suggest additional gear, such as a dive light for night diving or a lift bag for search and recovery diving.
Sign up for Advanced Open Water Diver Online – PADI’s eLearning option – to get started immediately. The web-based system lets you learn about 14 of the most popular Adventures Dives – including the required Deep and Underwater Navigation Adventure Dives, plus Altitude, Boat Diving, Digital Underwater Imaging, Drift Diving, Dry Suit Diving, Fish Identification, Night Diving, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Underwater Naturalist and Wreck Adventure Dives. You study at your own pace through an easy to use, interactive program. You also have access to an online version of the Advanced Open Water Diver manual and can complete sections for other Adventure Dives as directed by your PADI Instructor.