Search & Recovery Diver
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.
Advanced Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old can enroll in the Search and Recover Diver course. Open Water Divers with an Underwater Navigator certification also qualify.
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.
You may be able to get college credit for the Search and Recovery course.
Important Medical Information
All student divers are required to complete the PADI/RSTC Medical Statement Participant Record form. If you can answer "YES" to one or more of the questions in the Divers Medical Questionnaire section of this form, then you are required to obtain a physician's release, without conditions or restrictions, before participating in any in-water component of the course. Please read the complete details and download the form here.
If you have a copy of this form signed by a physician within 12 months prior to the expected completion date of your course, and your medical history has not changed, then you may provide a copy of it to your instructor. Otherwise, you will need to complete a new form.
Course tuition includes:
PADI Search and Recovery Diver Crew-Pak
(Manual and other knowledge development materials)
Instructional dives with our professional crew*
Rental tank and weights
*Scuba park admission, air fills and scuba equipment rental not included. Add $120 if you require rental regulator, BCD and dive computer.
Stop by or call Scuba Frisco at 214-227-2494 to enroll in the course and get the PADI Search & Recovery Diver Crew-Pak that includes your manual and video. By studying before the dives, you’ll be better prepared to start practicing your search and recovery skills when you go diving with your Instructor.
Student Agreement: By registering for the Search and Recovery Diver Course, you indicate that you have read and agree to the course policies, terms and conditions.
Search and Recovery Diver Course Schedule
Besides your basic scuba equipment, you’ll need a compass, a reel and line, a surface marker buoy and underwater slate with pencil. Your instructor may suggest other gear that may help with your searches, such as a dive light and lift bag.
The Next Step
With your PADI Search & Recovery certification, you're well on your way toward earning additional specialty diver certifications, the Advanced Open Water Diver certification, or the prestigious Master Scuba Diver certification. You may want to expand your diving skills even more with the PADI Rescue Diver course. Ask your instructor or divemaster, stop by Scuba Frisco, or give us a call for more details.