We Buy Used GEAR! **Don't forget to check out our monthly specialty Deals** Head on over to the CLEARANCE CORNER and PRE-OWNED SECTION!!!

We Buy Used GEAR! **Don't forget to check out our monthly specialty Deals** Head on over to the CLEARANCE CORNER and PRE-OWNED SECTION!!!

  • Search and Recovery

Search and Recovery

Retrieve lost items that have fallen overboard or over a dock. Learn effective search patterns and using a lift bag for heavy objects.

Starting from

Availability: Contact us for booking information


It happens: People accidentally drop things from docks, off boats or even while scuba diving. If you have 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.

Also, the first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification - ask your instructor about earning credit.


Besides your basic scuba equipment, you will need a compass and underwater slate. Your PADI Instructor and dive center staff may suggest other gear that may help with your searches, such as a dive light, marker buoys, lines, and reels.


  • Four Search and Recovery dives with instructors
  • Search and Recovery diver materials
  • PADI Search and Recovery Certification card



Course Fee:  $299


What’s not included:

Scuba Gear rental: $40 one-time fee for the entire course (BCD, Reg w/Computer, Tanks, Weights, Wetsuit)  You are responsible for providing your own scuba quality personal gear. Mask, fins, snorkel, and boots. Unfortunately, snorkel gear will not work for this course. 


0 reviews for Search and Recovery

Write a review

Can't read? Reload