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Search & Recovery Diver



Who should take this course?

It happens: People accidentally drop things from docks, off boats or even while scuba diving. If you’ve ever lost something in the water and wanted to go find it, then the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course is for you. There are effective ways to search for objects underwater that increase your chances of success. And there are good and better methods to bring up small, large or just awkward items. Search and recovery can be challenging, but a whole lot of fun.

PADI (Junior) Advanced Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old can enroll in the Search and Recover Diver course. PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers with a PADI Underwater Navigator certification also qualify.

This course is recommended for anyone considering becoming a PADI Dive Master.

What will you learn?

You will learn the difference between a recreational and a commercial certification. Gathering information and resources, then carefully planning a search are the first important steps you learn. During four scuba dives you’ll practice:

  • Swimming search patterns using your compass and natural navigation.
  • Locating large and small objects using various search patterns.
  • Using a lift bag for large or heavy objects, plus other recovery methods.
  • Tying knots underwater with zero visibility.
  • Planning a search operation based on facts gathered about a lost object prior to the dive.

How long is the course?

You work on the knowledge development at your own pace to complete it prior to the in water sessions.

The dives are typically conducted over two full days. However, we can schedule the dives to a time that suits you.

What scuba gear will you use?

Besides your basic scuba equipment, you’ll need a compass, underwater slate, lines and reels, dive light, marker buoys, and lift bag.

Ideally, it's best to have your own gear as you want to be able to tailor the configuration for your comfort and needs as you gain more experience. But don't worry if you don't, we can provide all the specialist equipment or even fit you out in a full set of gear.

Next Step

This is definitely one of the most fun courses available.

Contact us by clicking the button at the top of the page to Enroll in the PADI Search & Recovery Diver course.