Navigating underwater can be a challenge. Without clear defined routes or markings it's easy for everything to blend together and look the same. On top of that, as a culture we've grown accustomed to using technology to help us navigate as opposed to natural insight and clues. There aren't underwater GPS's yet so the best thing you can do is become proficient in compass use and learn how to use natural features on a dive to help you get where you are going and back to your exit point safely. Don't find yourself in a situation where you have to rely on a dive buddy or guide to get you where you are going. A good sense of underwater navigation will help any diver build confidence and dramatically increase their comfort and ability.
Many dives have more than one route to follow. In fact, most dive sites are really just a large area with many possible paths to follow. Knowing where you want to go and being able to get there will help you go where you want to go and see what you want to see. There are many Advanced Navigation techniques we use to help you be able to navigate in any condition comfortably and safely. Advanced Navigation dives are typically completed as a shore dive but boat dives are also possible depending on the student requirements and weather conditions. Sign up today!
This course only runs from May - October.
Please use the link in the right-side column to signup and schedule or you can sign up and schedule in-person, over the phone or via email.
Before your Advanced Navigation Diving Course, there is a bit of paperwork you’ll have to fill out. This program requires a minimum of 5 distinct forms. You can find the forms below and complete them ahead of your pool session, most important is the “SCUBA – MEDICAL FORM“. Go through the medical form now and check to see if you need to answer “YES” to any of the questions. If so no big deal – you’ll just need to get a doctors’ sign-off before we can let you in the water. The doctors’ note is in the additional “PHYSICIAN'S RELEASE” file – along with guidelines for your physician. Remember if you answer “YES” to anything in the medical it is NECESSARY to get a doctors’ note BEFORE getting in the water. It’s also important to note if a physician's signature is required, only a medical doctor's (MD) signature will be accepted.
The Advanced Navigation Diving Course has 2 components - classroom and open water dives. There is one classroom session and two open water dives though this course is often done in conjunction with search and recovery which will add a third dive. To do both courses together you'll have to sign up on the search and recovery page. Please check the schedule before signing up to make sure you will be able to make the classes ahead of time.
Please use the link in the right-side column to signup or you can sign up and schedule in-person, over the phone or via email.
The 2 to 3 open water dives will happen in 1 to 2 days and the locations will be weather and situationally dependent. These dives often happen as shore dives though there are some boat dive options. Directions to the, most likely, meeting points can be found on our "DIRECTIONS" page.
Interested in a private? We got you covered! Sign-up today!
Private courses are set up slightly differently than regular advanced Navigation diving courses. The beginning process is the same – you’ll still be required to fill out the same paperwork but you won’t be tethered to our schedule. Instead, you can find out whenever works best for you and let us know so we can get the sessions scheduled.
Private Scheduling is done through Kim and Max in our training department at Training@ecdivers.com. They will be in contact within 24 hours of any inquiries. If you need to contact us sooner please call us at 617-277-2217.
1 Person $390 per person - $390 total
3 People $250 per person - $750 total
2 People $300 per person - $600 total
4 People $210 per person - $840 total
~Please reference the “BEFORE CLASS” tab for required paperwork~
The Deep Diving course has an in-water portion that requires a full set of gear. If you have your own gear, we suggest making plans to carry all of that gear along with you. If not, rental equipment can be arranged but MUST be reserved ahead of time.
Availability fills quickly and spots are not guaranteed! We recommend registering and reserving rental equipment at least 2 WEEKS IN ADVANCE!
*We require that students have their own specialty-specific gear for several of our courses. This equipment is necessary for the type of diving that you will be embarking upon during, and post certification. Please refer to the prerequisites section below for a list of the gear you will need to own for this course. We offer a 10% discount to all of our students who purchase the required equipment for the class through us as well as our famed 60 day return policy that will ensure that you are happy with everything that you buy. We appreciate your support of your local dive shop, which allows us to continue operations and offer the services that we do today****
If you need to rent any gear other than that listed in the prerequisites, you can do so with us below! For anything else check out the our rental page
Students must be 12 years or older.
This course is only available for certified divers.
Clear medical history or MD sign-off if necessary.
All students must provide their own mask, fins, and snorkel. A compass and all other necessary equipment can be rented.
One class session.
Two Advanced Navigation open water dives.
Internationally trained / certified instructor
Agency approved on-line course work.
Performance of skills such as Gear Setup, Pre-dive planning, proper use of natural navigation aids, proper use of compass and more.