Search and Recovery Diver

The PADI Search & Recovery specialty course is a particularly valuable scuba diving course which develops your ability to use search patterns, tie knots and use lifting bags while searching for and recovering lost objects.



In order to enroll in the PADI Search & Recovery course, you need to be at least 15 years old and a certified PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or equivalent).


Course Structure

During your Search & Recovery specialty course, you will learn how to perform various styles of search patterns using grids, ropes and a compass. Your instructor will discuss how to correctly secure and lift an object to the surface, and during your open water dives, you will practice searching for and recovering objects of varying size and weight. You will also learn a number of knots to use while securing objects to lifting bags.

Once you have you completed the Search & Recovery specialty course, you will receive a temporary Search & Recovery certification card, which you can start using right away! You will receive your permanent card about 30-45 days after you have been certified.


Required Equipment

You will be required to have your own mask, fins, and snorkel for the duration of the course. You will also require primary and secondary underwater lights. We would also recommend that you have a suitable exposure suit – a wetsuit during the winter months to protect your body from the cold and a lycra, or skin suit for the summer months to protect your body from jellyfish stings and scrapes.

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