The PADI Search and Recovery Course with AQUASUB SCUBA DIVING CENTRE

The PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Search and Recovery Diver course is a specialty scuba diving certification program designed to teach divers the skills and techniques necessary to locate and recover lost objects underwater. This course is suitable for certified divers who want to develop their underwater navigation and search abilities, as well as learn how to retrieve items from the depths.

Here are some key aspects of the PADI Search and Recovery Diver course:

  1. Prerequisites:

    • To enroll in this course, you must be at least 12 years old.
    • You should have a PADI Open Water Diver certification or an equivalent certification from another recognized scuba training agency.
  2. Course Content:

    • The course typically includes a combination of theory, confined water (pool) training, and open water dives.
    • You will learn about different search patterns and techniques used to locate objects underwater.
    • You'll be trained in the use of various search and recovery tools such as lift bags, reels, and lines.
    • Techniques for safely bringing objects to the surface will be covered.
    • The course will also address safety considerations and potential hazards associated with underwater search and recovery operations.
  3. Skills and Techniques:

    • Underwater navigation skills are a crucial part of the course, as precision is essential when searching for and recovering objects.
    • You'll practice using a compass and natural navigation references to create search patterns.
    • Training also includes how to use a lift bag to bring objects to the surface safely.
    • You'll practice underwater communication and coordination with your dive buddy to ensure a successful search and recovery operation.
  4. Certification:

    • Upon successful completion of the PADI Search and Recovery Diver course, you will receive a certification card, allowing you to dive with the skills and knowledge necessary for underwater search and recovery operations.
  5. Practical Applications:

    • The skills learned in this course can be valuable for a variety of scenarios, such as helping other divers retrieve lost items, searching for underwater artifacts, conducting underwater surveys, or assisting in search and rescue operations.

Overall, the PADI Search and Recovery Diver course is an excellent way to enhance your scuba diving skills, increase your confidence underwater, and become a more responsible and competent diver. It's particularly beneficial for those who enjoy exploring and working underwater and want to expand their diving capabilities.

What You Will Learn

Your training starts by reviewing guidelines for researching and respecting wrecks. You'll also learn:

    • Safety considerations for navigating and exploring wrecks.
    • Surveying and mapping a wreck.
    • Using penetration lines and reels to guide exploration.
    • Techniques to avoid kicking up silt or disturbing the wreck and its inhabitants.

Equipment Requirements

  • Standard Scuba Equipment
  • Dive Light
  • Spool or Reel
  • Slate (recommended)

For all your learning materials and equipment, contact AQUASUB SCUBA DIVING CENTER.


  1. Student Enrollment Form - All students must complete the intake form
  2. Liability and Risk Acknowledgement Forms - All students must complete, print and sign the questionaire and liability releases.
  3. Medical Questionaire - If Form 2 has ANY questions you have answered YES to, you must complete form 3 and have it signed by your personal physician

Choose your next adventure!

Many treasures are often found in deeper water. That’s why the PADI Deep Diver course is a natural companion to the PADI Search and Recovery Diver course. Sometimes you can take these two specialties concurrently.

Other training to consider is the PADI Enriched Air Diver course on your way to PADI Master Scuba Diver.

For more information about this or other PADI courses have a chat with one of the AQUASUB SCUBA DIVING CENTER Team members.

    Start Date Course Course Type Location Places Available   Price    
31 Dec 2024 RECV 2024-12-31 Search & Recovery Diver For Future Selection 20 CA$ 499.23

Search & Recovery Diver

Induction & Lecture 1
Fri 31 Dec 2021
12:00 AM
For Future Selection
Lecture 2
Fri 31 Dec 2021
12:00 AM
For Future Selection
Dive 1 (Optional)
Fri 31 Dec 2021
12:00 AM
For Future Selection
Dive 2
Fri 31 Dec 2021
12:00 AM
For Future Selection
Dive 3
Sat 01 Jan 2022
12:00 AM
For Future Selection
Dive 4
Sat 01 Jan 2022
12:00 AM
For Future Selection

Search & Recovery course. Dives will be done in Tobermory. Charter fees and accommodation are not included.

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