PADI Search and Recovery Diver

Retrieve lost items that have fallen overboard or over a dock. Learn effective swimming patterns and using a lift bag for heavy objects.

It happens: 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. Search and recovery can be challenging, but a whole lot of fun.

What the Course Entails

Gathering information and resources, then carefully planning a search are the first important steps you learn. During four scuba dives you’ll practice:

Course Pre-requisites

PADI (Junior) Advanced Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old can enrol in the Search and Recover Diver course. PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers with a PADI Underwater Navigator certification also qualify.

Course Flow

Find lost items and lift them to the surface. It’s fun to use the lift bag. Not only are these skills fun, but very practical and ultimately useful because eventually, you’ll lose something in the water. As a Search and Recovery Diver, you’ll know how to search for and recover it.

How Can I Get Started?

Visit your local PADI Dive Center or Resort to enroll in the course and get a PADI Search and Recovery Crew-Pak that includes your manual and video. By studying before class, you’ll be better prepared to start practicing your search and recovery skills when you meet with your instructor.

What is the next adventure?

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Holidays featuring this Course

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The Atlantis Puerto Galera Resort is located in the heart of the Coral Triangle with spectacular scenery above and below the water. This idyllic resort has to be on every divers bucket list!

  • Boutique beach resort
  • 40 rooms and suites
  • Local nightlife
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  • Pool/Bar/Internet/Spa/Camera Room
  • Beachfront cocktail bar

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Atlantis Dumaguete

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The luxurious Atlantis Dumaguete is located on a long peaceful stretch of beach with out of this world diving close by including Apo Island, Siquijor and Dauin marine.

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  • PADI 5* on-site dive centre
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Hotel Colombo

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  • Sandy beach close by
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Sunset House

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  • Photo Centre and Gallery
  • Wireless Internet

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Veligandu Island Resort & Spa

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  • Located in North Ari Atoll
  • Private island resort
  • Paradise on earth
  • 91 beach & water bungalows
  • Spa facilities available
  • House reef diving available

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  • 126 oceanfront and garden rooms
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  • Dive centre on-site
  • Room only basis
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Uepi Island Resort

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Uepi Resort is a small, relaxed and intimate resort located at the edge of the world’s largest lagoon (Marovo) offering a unique paradise experience and first class diving in this part of the Pacific

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  • On-site SSI Dive Centre
  • Pristine house reef off the beach

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Magic Oceans Dive Resort

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Opening in July 2015, the Magic Oceans Dive Resort is located on the east coast of the fantastic green and quiet island of Bohol in the Visayas region boosting one of the most amazing house reefs.

  • Opens in July 2015
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  • Mangrove & muck diving spots
  • Located on Bohol Island
  • Fabulous house reef
  • Away from busy tourist areas

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Magic Island Dive Resort

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Magic Island Dive Resort is an intimate retreat ideally located on a small coastal area with breath-taking views and a fantastic house reef enriched with an abundance of marine life to enjoy.

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  • Fantastic house reef diving
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  • Choice of board types
  • Featured in DIVER Jan 2012
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Exotic Dive & Beach Resort

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Exotic Dive & Beach Resort is the perfect hotel with a variety of rooms, a magnificent beachfront location, out of this world thresher shark diving experiences and a unique man-made house reef.

  • Beachfront located divers resort
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  • Daily thresher shark diving
  • Dive centre on-site
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