PADI Search and Recovery Diver Course

What will you learn?

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 our PADI Underwater Navigator certification also qualify.

Additional Details:

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.

Also, the first dive of this course may be credited towards your Advanced Open Water certification – ask your instructor about earning credit.

How can you start learning now?

Visit our store to enroll in the course and pick up your PADI Search and Recovery Crew-Pack that includes your manual and video. By studying before class, you’ll be better prepared to start practicing your search and recovery skills when you meet with your instructor.

Cost: $150+HST includes materials.

What scuba gear will you use?

Besides basic scuba setup, you’ll need a wrist compass and underwater slate or notebook with waterproof pages, a light, as well as some other gear that may help with your searches, such as a surface marker buoy or lift bag. Lines and reels will be provided by our staff for the course if necessary.

Where do I go from here?

Here are some popular examples of courses commonly taken by graduates of this course:

  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Deep Diver
  • Divemaster