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.
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.
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.
Besides your basic scuba equipment, you’ll need a compass and underwater slate. Other gear that may help with your searches, such as a dive light, marker buoys, lines and reels.
Price includes: all tuition, all PADI materials (manual) and the PADI PIC (Licence Card). This course requires four dives over two days with multiple search patterns, lift bags and buoyancy control challenges, all under the direct supervision of our professional team. We use a range of dive sites and the course does not require depth. Sites used may include Wraysbury Training Lake, Chepstow and Cromhall.