Search & Recovery Diver

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.
  • Planning a search operation based on facts gathered about a lost object prior to the dive.

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 & 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.


To take this course, you need to have a rating of PADI (Junior-) Advanced Open Water Diver or higher, and be at least 12 years old.
Optional: (Junior-) Open Water Divers who completed the Navigation Adventure Dive can join this Specialty Course.

With the Search & Recovery Specialty course, you get 2 nights of free fan room accommodation. If you require air conditioning then please upgrade to the air conditioning option upon checkout.

Fancy finding treasures? Click below and reserve your place.

Search & Recovery Diver was last modified: August 14th, 2015 by test french