Search & Recovery Diver

The PADI Search and Recovery Diver Course

Have you ever dropped something in the water? Are you looking for lost “cherish”? The PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course will tutor you effective ways to locate objects underwater and bring them to the surface. Small, large or just awkward, there is a way to bring them up.

The Fun Part

Find lost items and lift them to the surface. Its fun to use the lift sack. Not only are these skills fun, but very practical and ultimately useful because eventually, youll lose something in the water. As a Search and Recovery Diver, youll know how to search for and recover it.

What You Learn

  • Search and recovery dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and how to deal with potential problems
  • How to locate large and little objects using search patterns
  • How to use a lift sack and other recovery methods
  • Limited visibility search techniques

The Scuba Gear You Use

You will use the basic scuba diving equipment, an underwater compass and a lift bag. Everything you need for this course is available at Aquatic Safaris.

The Learning Materials You Need

The Search and Recovery crewpak (DVD and manual) includes anything needed to prepare for the PADI Search and Recovery Specialty course. The manual includes a search pattern reference lead, knot-tying diagrams and an overview of how to organize a search. The video on DVD provides additional information on performing search patterns and how to scheme a search in variety of conditions. The Search and Recovery Crewpak is included in your course fee.


To take the PADI Search and Recovery Diver course, you must be:
  • A certified PADI (junior) Advanced Open Water Diver
  • A PADI (junior) Open Water Diver and a PADI Underwater Navigator (or equivalent certification from another organization)
  • At least 12 years old

Upcoming Search and Recovery Diver Classes Full Instruction Schedule here

Class: Dates & Times: Instructor: Cost: Space


Minimum age 12 years.
Equipment provided by student Student is responsible for providing their own gear or can rent from Aquatic Safaris. Student must have own underwater compass, a wreck reel or finger spool.
Services provided by Aquatic Safaris One classroom session.  4 skills dives
Course cost $175 per student.  Your payment secures your class spot and gets you the learning materials.
Required books & materials Search and Recovery CrewPak – included in course fee.
Additional expenses Costs of the charter(s) for the 4 skills dives.

Your Next Adventure

Because you often need to navigate to specific spots to locate lost items, the Underwater Navigator course can help you perfect your navigation skills.
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