Why should you participate?

Nowadays, in modern and computerized times, the ability to use a compass is a rarity, and therefore an incredible advantage. However, underwater navigation is not only a compass, but also the ability to observe and pay attention to the environment. Young divers, thanks to such skills, gain more competence, confidence and independence, thus they are becoming safer divers.

What will you learn?

The navigation diver’s course in the youth version is very similar to adult training. Of course, there are different depth limits and the content of the lectures is adapted to the youngest participants. Different types of navigation are discussed in theory – from the tool and compass principles to the natural, learning to observe the environment accurately and remembering the “navigational” relief.

During the training dives, the lessons learned during the theory will be tested and put into practice.

What do you need to start?

  • Minimum age: 10 years
  • Sufficient swimming abilities
  • Health condition to participate in the course
  • IDF Junior Open Water Diver Certificate

What is the course?

Number of dives
Number of dives
1 dive in a pool or pool-like waters of not less than 25 minutes, 1 dive in open waters of not less than 25 minutes in total.
Depth range
Depth range
10 metres
Theoretical classes
Theoretical classes
Lectures using training presentations and IDF audiovisual materials
Online examination on the IDF website

What will you be entitled to after the course?

Graduates of this course obtain the qualification to dive in open waters using the basic principles of natural and instrumental navigation.

IDF certificate

Upon completion of the training, you will receive an internationally recognised certificate confirming your qualifications. It is a plastic card with a unique number and watermark. In addition, you will have lifelong access to an individual panel on the IDF website, where your certificate will always be available in electronic form - in case you ever forget to take the original with you for diving.

What next?

Another level of initiation may be night diving or a course covering the basics of rescue, which is tailored to the age and psychophysical abilities of young divers and teaches them content and skills very similar to those of “adults”. Thus, it prepares them for further development and teach a responsible approach to diving as well as to the entire water environment.

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