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PADI Speciality - Search & Recovery Diver

Minimum Age



2 Days OR 1 Day + 2 Evenings

About the Course

The next time someone loses an item underwater, you can be the hero that finds the missing object. When we say 'hero' trust us you really will be viewed as one!

Finding items underwater is both challenging and rewarding. You need to know how to gather information, organize a search and choose an effective underwater search pattern. Your PADI Instructor will give you practice scenarios to build and hone your skills.

In the PADI Search and Recovery course, you’ll learn how to find lost objects underwater. You’ll practice different types of underwater search patterns and learn how to use a lift bag as you plan and execute mock search operations.

We'll begin with e-learning which you can begin at home or on the go using the PADI app. We'll then move on to in water training using realistic scenarios and equipment.

One of the most rewarding courses this speciality puts you in great stead for your future diving development as well as day to day diving activities.

Why take this course

Recover lost items

Learn underwater search patterns

Improve your navigation skills

What you'll learn

Find things underwater

Use a lift bag

Plan a search operation

Course Prerequisites 

You must be at least 15 years old. Due to our location and sites used we cannot currently enrol anyone under this age onto most of our courses. Please speak to us about alternative options for younger divers.

Course prerequisites: Advanced Open Water or Open Water with Underwater Navigation certification or equivalent from another recognised agency (please speak to us before booking)

Equipment & Extra Cost

By this stage you should have your own dive gear. Only hire weights and cylinders are included in the course cost. If you need to borrow other equipment we charge £15 per person/per course for complete kit hire.

You'll be using compass, reels, lines and lift bags on this speciality which we will happily include for hire free of charge in the course. We don't expect you to own lift bags however would encourage you to invest in the other items.

We offer discount on TUSA, Waterproof, TovaTec and Beaver Sports gear and equipment. We can have this ready for you ahead of your course. Chat to us before hand to discover what we have in stock or to order in your preferred colour!

After the course...

The first dive of the Search and Recovery Specialty course may count toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your instructor about earning credit.

If you've got to this point then why not consider your PADI Rescue Diver course or Divemaster. Search and Recovery skills are developed and used in both of these courses.

Every specialty certification you complete brings you one step closer to becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver. Fewer than two percent of divers ever achieve this elite rating.

Medical Requirements

Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Certain health conditions, medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a doctor before diving.

Avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a doctor’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. You can find this on the About page of our website under 'key info'. Only medical professionals can give clearance to dive. In the case of the UK this is a specialist area and you may need to speak to a HSE Approved Medical Examiners of Divers (AMEDs)

If you (or your doctor) have questions about medical fitness to dive, contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN) or a HSE AMED.

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