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?

Aware Fish Identification

Holidays featuring this Course

Solo Divers

Atlantis Dumaguete

Philippines, The Visayas

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.

  • Dive Apo Island & Dauin Marine
  • 36 deluxe rooms
  • PADI 5* on-site dive centre
  • Spa, pool & gym
  • Full board lodging included
  • Resort set in lush gardens

Solo Divers

Atlantis Puerto Galera Resort

Philippines, Mindoro & Anilao

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
  • 5* PADI CDC dive centre on-site
  • Pool/Bar/Internet/Spa/Camera Room
  • Beachfront cocktail bar

Solo Divers

Hotel Colombo

Azores, Azores

Located on the warmest and southernmost island of the Azores Archipelago, the Hotel Colombo is the ideal base for a diving holiday with manta ray encounters.

  • Located on Santa Maria Island
  • Dive with manta rays
  • Diving package included
  • Sandy beach close by
  • Haliotis Dive Centre close by
  • Nitrox available