Advanced Navigation

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This course is bundled with Search & Recovery for one low price! Click the "Book Now" button to reserve a spot in an upcoming session.

The ECD Navigation program provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to safely navigate underwater using both natural and compass navigation techniques. By combining these basic skills, dive teams will have increased independence on charter or shore dives. The objective is to equip divers to execute the navigational elements of dive plans and return from dives comfortably without direct support from a guide.

Why learn Advanced Navigation?

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. The course is bundled with Search & Recovery for one attractive price!

Before Class

Before attending your class you will need to complete some paperwork. The forms will be emailed to you for your review and can be completed by DocuSign prior to your class.

Before enrolling in a class, you should take time to read and review the Diver Medical Statement Participant Questionnaire. The first page has If you have any YES answers on that page, review the associated section on the Diver Medical Statement | Participant Questionnaire Continued. If you have any YES responses on this form – you’ll just need to get a doctors’ sign-off on the Physicians Approval to Dive form before you can participate in ANY in-water activities. It’s important to note if a physician’s signature is required, only a medical doctor’s (MD) signature will be accepted.

This class also has a helpful online training component hosted by SSI. Please complete your online training prior to your classroom session. If you have not already registered with SSI, look for an email from You can access online training materials, certification cards, and more at or the MySSI app on your iPhone or Android.

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If you have any questions give us a call at the store on 617-277-2216 or shoot us an email

  • 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.

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 our training department at 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. Please contact us for pricing and sign-up information.

The Advanced Navigation 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

  • One class session (Online via Zoom).
  • Two Advanced Navigation open water dives (at the Pond).
  • Internationally trained/certified instructor
  • Agency-approved online coursework.
  • Performance of skills such as Gear Setup, Pre-dive planning, proper use of natural navigation aids, proper use of a compass, and more.

Class Forms

Below you will find links to REQUIRED class forms. These forms must be reviewed in their entirety before participating in any ECDivers in-water program. Arrival to class with incomplete documents may result in a forfeiture of that class date. If you have any questions or need assistance in completing the class forms please email our training department at