Search and Recovery


People accidentally drop things on the docks, overboard or even while diving. If you’ve ever lost something in the water and wanted to find it, then the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course is for you.

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PADI Search and Recovery Specialty

What do you learn in search and recovery? You’ll learn how to gather information and resources. Then to carefully plan a search as these are important first steps. During four dives, you will practice:

  • Swim search paths using your compass and natural navigation.
  • Locate large and small objects using different search paths.
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  • Use a lifting balloon for large or heavy objects, in addition to other recovery methods.
  • Plan a search operation based on data obtained on the lost object prior to immersion.
  • 4 dives.

You can earn academic credit for the Search and Recovery course by asking your instructor.

In addition, the first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course can serve as an Adventure Dive credit for your Advanced Open Water Diver certification ask your instructor how to get the credit.

Equipment needed to recover objects underwater

In addition to your basic diving equipment, you will need a compass and an underwater whiteboard. Your PADI Instructor or dive center staff can recommend other equipment that can help you with your searches, such as a diving light , dive buoys, capes and reels .

Start the search and recovery course

Visit the dive center to sign up for the course and pick up a PADI Search and Recovery Crew-Pak which includes your manual and video. You can also register online and we will send it to your home. By studying before class, you will be better prepared to begin practicing your search and recovery techniques when you meet with your PADI Instructor.


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