PADI Underwater Navigation Specialty Instructor course

MSDT • PADI Specialty Instructor course, Koh Tao, Thailand

Course Price: 3,000 THB

There are two concerns enthusiastic and inexperienced scuba divers obsess about more than anything else. How much air they use, and getting lost – or more accurately – finding their way around underwater.

As an OWSI who has successfully completed the IDC / IE process, you are already certified to teach the Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course allowing you to address one of the most common concerns your divers will ask you about through training.

So why not get up to speed with teaching underwater navigation? This way you can show your students the right way to go, help them fine tune their observation skills and teach them how to use their compass more accurately underwater.

As an underwater navigation specialty instructor you will be able to teach your students how to estimate distance underwater, use natural references to find their way around the dive site, navigate patterns with multiple turns as well as teach them how to map a dive site.

Navigating around Koh Tao

Koh Tao boasts a vast array of shallow dive sites, ideal for training scuba divers how to navigate underwater. A variety of sites offering sandy bottoms, reefs with lots of natural reference points as well as sites with a mild current, Koh Tao is perfect for a diver to learn and fine tune their underwater navigation skills.

Who can enrol on the PADI Underwater Navigation Specialty Instructor course?

A renewed PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)

Note: IDC/OWSI candidates may participate in the PADI Underwater Navigation Specialty Instructor training course but may only apply for Specialty Instructor certification after passing an IE.

Underwater Navigation Specialty Instructors must have a minimum 10 deep dives prior to certification. This is a course exit requirement and the dives may be completed following the instructor training course.

What will you learn?

You will participate in the following sessions:

  • Present and be evaluated on a prescriptive presentation from the Underwater Navigation Specialty knowledge review
  • PADI Underwater Navigation Specialty standards, procedures and the curriculum
  • How to organise, conduct and market the PADI Underwater Navigation Specialty course
  • Open Water training sessions – where you will learn how to demonstrate, execute and evaluate the student level skills from the PADI Underwater Navigation Specialty course.

You will complete the open water training dives on one of several local dive sites suitable for this type of training.

As a PADI Underwater Navigation Specialty Instructor you are certified to independently teach the PADI Underwater Navigation Specialty Course

Course Price: 3,000 THB

PADI Materials:

Please bring the following materials with your PADI Specialty Course Instructor Manual. You received these as part of the IDC Crew Pack during your IDC.

In addition you will also need a copy of the PADI Instructor Manual. As of 2010, the Instructor manual is available as a free download for all PADI Members that are renewed from

Course Price: 3,000 THB

2018 PADI Fees  

PADI Underwater Navigation Specialty Instructor Application fee: A$101

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