SSI Navigation Specialty Koh Tao

SSI Navigation Diver Specialty Course Koh Tao

What is the Navigation Specialty Diver Course?

Stop Getting Lost!!

Navigation is both a difficult skill to master and almost an art!

Have you ever wondered how your Divemaster or Instructor so often manages to come right back to the boat without having a long surface swim?

During your SSI Navigation Specialty with us here on Koh Tao we will teach you all the tricks and tips on how it's done, and once you know you'll forever be grateful (or at least your buddies will!!)

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Over the period of 2 dives you will learn the correct techniques used for both natural navigation and compass use, and combine these to be able to accurately know where you are and where you've been. 

This helps reduce anxiety for a lot of divers, consequently reducing people's air consumption and allowing them to dive longer!

The Navigation Dive Specialty Course is available for anyone that has a diving license, is 10 years or older, and medically fit

What's included in the Navigation Specialty Diver Course program?

Everything you could need for the course is included in our pricing. The only thing we don't cover is food and accommodation. Of the many items we get asked about, the below are 100% included;

  • SSI Navigation Specialist Diving License
  • 2 Dives
  • SSI Digital Manual
  • FREE Insurance
  • Pickup service from pier on arrival
  • Light refreshments
  • Includes all equipment rentals
  • Maximum group size of 4:1

Dive Your Way!

All our theory sessions take place in our beach bar and restaurant, unless otherwise requested. The maximum group size is 4 students to 1 instructor.

If smaller instruction is desired, please request this by email and we are happy to arrange - we often have people enjoying their honeymoon on Koh Tao who would prefer a more personalized trip.

Likewise, we often get divers that prefer to be in smaller groups.

Whatever the reason - no problem!!! Simply let us know and we can help you out! 

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What will you be doing during the Navigation Specialty Diver Course?

Sand Bars caused by wavesOver the period of a theory session and 2 dives you will develop correct compass use, how and when to use your compass vs natural navigation such as topography etc. 

We also expand on how to use compass bearings and reciprocals, rehearsing some patterns on land. 

In addition, we will further develop your knowledge of some tell-tale underwater signs and how we can use natural aids to pretty much make the whole process easier! For instance, have you noticed the sand bars / waves when you are swimming over sand? These are made by waves lapping the shore - if you swim 90 degrees to them you will either be getting shallow or deeper! 

During a theory based session, and two practical scuba dives, you’ll;

  • Discuss & Practice Compass use and techniques
  • Discuss topographical aides
  • Discuss the combination of natural and compass use

The Schedule

The New Wave Diving Navigation Specialist Course is designed to be flexible, and we offer it as such. However, please see below for a sample schedule which includes the 2 optional dives;

Day 1 09:00 - 11:00 Course Orientation, Paperwork & Theory
Day 2 13:00 - 17:30 2 x Practical Dives

Navigation Specialty Diver Course Price:How to Use a Compass

5,500 THB

How to proceed?

There's 2 simple options - the first, follow the book now links and all will be straightforward. You will be taken to Paypal to place a deposit, after which you will receive an email confirmation of your booking, usually within 10 hours.

We start diving courses on Koh Tao every day, so don't worry about this!

We understand planning holidays is hard, and if you're like us, the last thing you want to do is spend hours trying to arrange every single detail. For this reason, we offer a 100% refund policy on all cancellations within 12 hours of the planned start date. 

Alternatively, send us an email and see what we can do to help. Maybe you're unsure if you want to join a course, or perhaps your timings or commitments make the above schedule not possible. No worries - simply tell us what's on your mind and we will do whatever we can! 

What's Next?

The Koh Tao Navigation Specialty course certifies you to navigate effectively around dive sites, making you more comfortable and consequently reducing your air consumption and reduces unnecessary surface swims.  

After having achieved this qualification there are a few routes to continue.

Firstly, you may decide to continue Fun Diving with us and perhaps do be the one to navigate the dives. All ex-students receive a discounted rate of 20% on all continuing dives that they do with us, as a way of us saying thanks!

Secondly, you may decide to with some specialties to further develop your diving ability, or perhaps take your training a step further with the Stress & Rescue Diver Course.

With both of these last two options, we also like to say thanks for completing the Navigation Specialty Course with us, and offer 10% Discount from this course. 

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