Search & Recovery


Min Certification (AOW) Min Age(12)

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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.

The Search and Recovery Diver Specialty consists of 4 dives.


You have to be a PADI (Junior) Advanced Open Water Diver or a PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers with a PADI Underwater Navigator certification.

During your course you will learn and 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.


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