Our PADI Search and Recovery Specialty course is a great way to learn underwater navigation and search techniques to cover all eventualities of good or limited visibility. Students also learn how to rig and attach an object to a lift bag as well as the most effective and safe way in which to lift the object to the surface.
The course is one of the most fun and action packed of all the specialty programs and is also the most useful if you ever drop anything valuable over the side of the boat, or if you are a bit of a treasure hunter and looking to explore the bottom in more detail?
Search and Recovery Pre-Requisites
Students must be certified as a PADI Advanced Diver or PADI Junior Advanced Diver or PADI Open Water Diver or PADI Junior Open Water Diver with PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty certification, or have a qualifying certification from another training organisation.
Minimum age 12.
All students must fill in a PADI Medical Questionnaire prior to participation.
What will I do?
The course consists of a knowledge development session and four open water dives which will cover:
The planning, organisation, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of search and recovery diving
Limited visibility diving and underwater navigation techniques
Proper techniques and safety considerations for object location, including the use of various search patterns, lines and reels
Proper techniques and safety considerations for recovery of objects using various lifting devices
Knowledge Development is based on a self-study method, allowing you to study in your own time, at your own pace, backed up by an academic session with a PADI Instructor, to ensure full understanding of search and recovery equipment, techniques and navigation.
Open Water Dives - Students must complete four open water dives to certify as a PADI Search and Recovery Diver. During these dives you will demonstrate various methodical search patterns of both small and large areas to locate missing objects. You will also demonstrate the ability to rig a lift bag using a variety of knots, and safely raise an object to the surface with the aid of a lift bag.
1 Evening for Theory
4 Open Water Dives - 2 Days at a UK inland dive site
Includes all equipment hire, air, tuition, PADI Search and Recovery Manual, PADI Certification fee. Not entry fees to inland dive sites.
How do I sign up?
To book your place please call or email us. A non-refundable deposit is required on booking to secure your place, and you will be issued with your training materials and confirmation of the start date.
Search patterns and underwater navigation techniques are an important component in the rescue diver course, when searching for a missing diver. Why not put your new skills into practice by enrolling onto the PADI Rescue Diver course, which teaches you invaluable rescue skills for controlling and managing most diving incidents.
How much does it cost?
Search & Recovery Diver course costs
£350 per person