“Complex navigation made easy”

Extending experience is a natural progression with enthusiastic divers, and for GUE trained diving teams, environmental awareness is one of the most important aspects of their capabilities. Knowing where you are and how to navigate underwater will increase your comfort and confidence to perform safe dives with your team.

Navigation Primer is a course designed to teach divers the advance use of underwater compass, reel and spool or natural navigation techniques.


The Navigation Primer is normally conducted over two days. It requires a minimum of three dives (including a dive in reduced ambient light conditions) and at least 12 hours of instruction, encompassing classroom lectures, land drills, and in-water work.

During this training you acquire knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • compass use and navigation (simple and complex),
  • natural navigation,
  • basic navigational strategies,
  • managing a spool and reel as a guideline underwater.

All divers who are autonomous should have the skills to navigate on dive sites. This course is recommended to be taken before the Documentation Diver, Scientific Diver, and especially Rescue Primer, as the latter requires competence in navigational skills.
This primer will also prepare you to dive in reduced light conditions (i.e. night dive). 

Need more details? Download and read GUE Standards.

Total cost depends on where the training takes place.
Standard price of GUE Navigation Primer is:

  • 300 € training fee,
  • 45 $ registration fee (including study materials),
  • Diving and travel expenses.