PADI Search and Recovery Diver Course


PADI Search and Recovery Diver Course teaches you the ways to effectively and efficiently search and recover objects that have fallen from boats, docks, and while scuba diving.

When you go fishing, boating, scuba diving, and do other water activities, things could accidentally fall over board.  If you do not know the techniques in looking for and retrieving lost objects, you would have lesser chance in finding those precious items and you could also get into the hassle of having someone find them for you.  With PADI Search and Recovery Diving Course, you will be able to develop skills that will help you find and retrieve objects underwater, whether big or small and light or heavy.

PADI Search and Recovery Diver Course

The PADI Search and Recovery Diver Course is a 2-day course that involves knowledge development sessions and dives that will train you in finding and retrieving objects underwater within your limits.  If you had Search and Recovery as one of your adventure dives during your PADI Advanced Open water Course, that dive can be credited towards this specialty course.

The search and recovery diving course involves the following skills development and dive lessons:

  • Gathering information on lost object and planning a search based on given facts;
  • Swimming and searching using natural navigation and a compass;
  • Using various search patterns to locate big and small objects;
  • Learning about the possible hazards, visibility issues, effects of water movement, impact of bottom topography, and other considerations when searching for sunken items;
  • Using recovery equipment, such as lift bag to carry bulky or heavy objects; and
  • Knot-tying and other skills that may be needed for underwater recovery.

PADI Search and Recovery Diving Course Prerequisites

To enroll in the underwater search and recovery course, you have to be at least 12 years old and a certified PADI (Junior) Advanced Open Water Diver or a certified PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver with a PADI Underwater Navigator certification.

PADI Diver Search and Recovery Equipment

Aside from your basic scuba diving equipment, the following additional equipment may be needed for your underwater search and recovery dives:

  • Compass,
  • Dive computer,
  • Slate,
  • Dive light,
  • Marker bouys,
  • Lines and reels, and
  • Recovery equipment, such as lift bag.

To view the available PADI courses at Sea Explorers Philippines, see here: PADI Dive Courses Philippines