Basic Underwater Navigation

  • Dutch Springs 4098 Hanoverville Road Bethlehem, PA, 18020 United States

Navigation is a key skill to ending a dive successfully.

Hilma Hooker; Bonaire 

Hilma Hooker; Bonaire 

Let's use Bonaire for example; the Hilma Hooker Dive is a intentionally sunk wreck that starts about 60 feet. You may elect to dive it from a boat, and you wouldn't need to know much about navigation. However, if you dive it by shore, you can take advantage of, what is known as, the double reef system. The wreck lies in between to coral reefs. The dive would consist of you going off shore, gliding over the first reef, than visiting the wreck, than continuing out to the second reef that begins after following a few hundred feet of white sandy bottom to the West. This dive will take you over hundreds of Garden Eels looking their heads out of the sand. After about 40 minutes, you decide you need to turn around.....and now you realize why you needed to understand navigation. It is true, you could just head east and eventually run into the island. However, an embarrassing way to end a gorgeous secret dive is to try and explain to your dive buddy why they have to wait with the dive gear until you walk to the beach to find the truck. Or, you could use your navigation skills and pop up right in front of where you went in. You feel good and your buddy thinks you are a diving god. 

Prerequisites
• Age: Minimum is 12 years. 
• Certification/Experience/Knowledge: Certification as a NAUI SCUBA Diver or the equivalent is required. 

Course Schedule: 
• July 1, 2017: 9:00a - 4:00p @ Dutch Springs

Cost: $90
*Does not include Dutch Springs admission fee or rental equipment

Instructor: Ed Guckin