PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty Course

Why should you attend a PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty Course? Do I get to dive out of a helicopter? Is it like being a Rescue diver?

It’s inevitable that sometimes people will accidentally drop things from docks, off boats or even lose equipment while scuba diving. If you’ve ever wondered just how to find something lost underwater, then the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty Course is for you. There are many effective methods to search for objects underwater that dramatically increase your chances of success. And there are a variety of different techniques to bring up large, heavy and awkward items. The PADI Search and Recovery course is certainly challenging, but a whole lot of fun too.

The Best Part

The best part about the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty Course is that you will learn skills that you can put into practice in real-life situations. The most satisfying thing about becoming a search and recovery diver is being able to find something that others would consider lost forever.

What will you learn?

Gathering information and resources, then carefully planning a search are the first important steps you learn. You’ll  learn about:

  • Swimming different types of search patterns using your compass and natural navigation
  • A systematic, methodical approach to the search and recovery of submerged objects.
  • How to locate large and small objects using various search patterns
  • How to use a lift bag for lifting large or heavy objects, plus other methods of recovery
  • How to plan a search operation using the facts gathered about a lost object prior to the dive

What will you do?

You will organize and make at least four Open Water dives under the close eye of your qualified  PADI Specialty Instructor that range from 6 – 9 metres/20-30  feet. You will:

  • Demonstrate methodical searchs of an area to find both small & large submerged objects.
  • Tie knots correctly while underwater
  • Demonstrate the expanding square and jackstay method search.
  • Demonstrate how to safely rig and bring to the surface an object not more than 10 kilograms/25 pounds negatively buoyant using an appropriate lifting device.
  • Organize, plan and conduct a search and recovery dive with a dive buddy.
  • Choose an appropriate search pattern and lifting method based on facts gathered about a lost object prior to a dive


  • Minimum age 12 years old
  • PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers with a PADI Underwater Navigator certification also qualify

What will you get?

Apart from the awesome feeling of finding stuff  underwater you will also get:

  • PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty Certification
  • One of the five PADI Specialty Diver Certifications to achieve the PADI Master Scuba Diver (MSD) Rating
  • The first dive of this PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty Course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Certification
  • You may be able to get college credit for the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty Course

Your Next Adventure
A favorite companion course to the PADI Search and Recovery Specialty course is the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty Course. If you want you can take these two specialties concurrently. Underwater navigation is a valuable skill to have and although you will work on developing your navigational skills during your Search and Recovery specialty, the Underwater Navigator Specialty goes deeper into the subject.