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Search and Recovery Diver

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

What will you learn?

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

Get credit! The first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification. The PADI Search and REcovery Diver course may also be eligible for college credit – ask your instructor about earning credit.

How can you start learning now?

Contact us to sign up for the Search and Recovery Diver course and get your PADI Search and Recovery Crew Pack.   

What scuba gear will you use?

In the PADI Search and Recovery Diver course, you will use basic scuba equipment. You will also need a compass and underwater slate. Your PADI Instructor may suggest other gear that may help with your searches, such as a dive light, marker bouys, lines and reeels.

Next Step

Stop looking and earn your next certification, contact us to sign up for the Search and Recover Diver course.

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