Spend time around water (as a diver, how can you avoid it?) and sooner or later, you come across someone who lost something underwater. If you’re looking for the challenge and excitement – along with doing your good deed for the day – the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course is for you. It gives you the skills you need to find what’s been lost, and how to get it to the surface.
Minimum Age: 12
Course Cost: $150
Prerequisite: PADI (Junior) Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization).
Course Fees Include:
- 4 open water dives conducted over a 2 day period
- All academic instruction
- Use of all gear, tanks & weights during the course
- PADI Search & Recovery Diver Certification Card (good for life)
Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating
- Lifetime support - Call or email if you ever have any Scuba-related questions
Equipment Requirements: None required - However, divers should have their own snorkel gear (mask, fins & snorkel). I supply the BCD, regulator & tanks. I have snorkel gear available that you can use until you purchase your own set.
- Quarry entry fees
- PADI Search & Recovery Diver Manual (required) - $30
- Transportation & expenses if open water dives are conducted in the ocean.
Location: Open Water (quarry or ocean)
In the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course, you learn search and recovery dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and how to deal with potential problems. You learn how to locate large and small objects using search patterns, and various ways for lifting them to the surface. Not only do these skills make you more capable and confident in the water, but most Search and Recovery Divers eventually end up searching for and recovering something they lost themselves.
The course consists of two parts:
- Academics - The academics is self-study. You read the book, take the chapter quizzes and watch the Search & Recovery Diver video. We'll get together throughout the course to answer any questions, review material and grade the quizzes.
- Open Water dives - The 4 open water dives are conducted either in a local quarry, in Florida or on a Caribbean dive trip. You'll learn and practice search patterns, lift bag use and recovery methods. We'll also cover limited visibility techniques and navigation for search & recovery