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The PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course is an engaging program designed for divers interested in developing the skills necessary to efficiently conduct search and recovery operations underwater. Whether it's locating lost items or retrieving sunken objects, this course offers a systematic approach to search and recovery diving, combining practical techniques with valuable problem-solving skills.


Course Aims and Structure

This course aims to equip divers with the knowledge and abilities to plan, organise, and execute safe and effective search and recovery dives. Through a combination of theoretical learning and practical application, participants will master the art of underwater search and recovery.


Knowledge Development

Participants will begin with a knowledge development session that covers the fundamentals of search and recovery operations. This includes learning about search patterns, the use of lift bags, and the legal considerations surrounding the recovery of underwater objects. Understanding the principles behind locating objects and safely bringing them to the surface is crucial for any search and recovery diver.


Practical Application

The practical component of the course involves conducting a series of search and recovery dives, where divers will apply and refine their skills. These dives will teach participants to:

  • Use various search patterns using natural navigation and compasses.
  • Safely lift objects using lift bags and other recovery methods.
  • Employ effective search techniques in different underwater environments.
  • Manage potential problems that can arise during search and recovery operations.



Upon successful completion of the course, participants will earn the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty certification. This certification signifies your ability to effectively conduct search and recovery dives, making you a valuable asset to any diving team or operation.

Search and Recovery Diver

  • What's Included

    •  eLearning
    • A classroom session to prepare you for your open water dives
    • Four open water dives, completed over two days
  • Course Requirements

    • Be at least 12 years of age
    • Be at least a qualified PADI Adventure Diver
    • Be in good physical health
    • Completed medical form (Click here)
    • Agree to our terms and conditions (Click here)
  • What's Next?

    If you’re interested in becoming a Search and Recovery Diver, you might also be interested in our Underwater Navigation Speciality (here), RNLI Sea Survival Speciality (here) or Boat Diver Speciality (here).

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