Search and Recovery Diver

It happens; things are temporarily lost and accidentally dropped from docks, knocked off dive boats or even misplaced while diving. The PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course teaches you techniques for finding and recovering these sometimes expensive items and increase your chances of success. Practice methods to bring up small, large or just awkward items – the S&R Speciality is challenging, but a whole lot of fun.

Open to PADI AOWSD (aged 12 years or older) and PADI (Junior) OWSD with a PADI Underwater Navigator certification also qualify.

What will you learn?

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, practicing alternative other recovery methods;
  • Planning a search operation based on facts gathered about a lost object prior to the dive;