Search & Recovery Diver

Have you ever dropped something in the water? Are you looking for lost “treasure”? The PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course will teach you effective ways to find objects underwater and bring them to the surface. Small, large or just awkward, there is a way to bring them up.

Underwater Lift Bag
Underwater Search

Find lost items and lift them to the surface. It’s fun to use the lift bag. Not only are these skills fun, but very practical and ultimately useful because eventually, you’ll lose something in the water. As a Search and Recovery Diver, you’ll know how to search for and recover it.

Search & Recovery Diver Prerequisites

In order to qualify for the Search & Recovery Diver course you must:

  1. Be at least 12 years old
  2. Option 1 - Be a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, Junior Advanced Open Water Diver, or equivalent
  3. Option 2 - Be a PADI Open Water Diver with Underwater Navigator specialty, or equivalent

Search & Recovery Diver Course Details

The Search & Recovery Diver Course consists of 2 phases:

  1. Knowledge Development
  2. Open Water Dives (4)

These phases are detailed in the sections below.

Monkey Reading his Search & Recovery Diver Manual

1. Knowledge Development

The knowledge development phase starts with your independent study of the Search & Recovery Diver manual, as well as the optional Search & Recovery Diver video which complements and reinforces the manual.

Each chapter in the manual includes a knowledge review section to demonstrate your understanding of the material. Those knowledge reviews will be used to direct a classroom refresher session prior to completing the dives in open water.

Although there are a few options available, for most students AquaMunkee Scuba will cover the knowledge development section using the following approach:

1. Independent, Self-Paced Study at Home
2. Completion of All Knowledge Reviews in Your Manual
3. Classroom Session to Discuss Knowledge Reviews
4. Additional Explanation / Question-and-Answer Session

On average, the entire home study portion of the Knowledge Development phase can be completed in 1-2 weeks at a leisurely pace.

Recovering an Outboard Motor

2. Open Water Dives

With your knowledge reviews completed, it's time to get hands-on learning in a real diving environment like Lake Mendota, Devil’s Lake, or Lake Wazee.

In the PADI Search & Recovery Diver specialty course you will learn specialized search techniques and underwater recovery methods.

During your open water dives you will learn and practice the following techniques:

  1. Search & recovery dive planning, organization, and procedures
  2. Search & recovery problem avoidance & resolution
  3. How to locate large and small objects using search patterns
  4. How to use a lift bag and other recovery methods
  5. Limited visibility search techniques

Special Equipment

In order to be ready for your Search & Recovery Diver experience, you will need the following additional diving equipment:

  1. Underwater Compass
  2. Lift Bag

Contact AquaMunkee to arrange for equipment rental if you do not have all of the necessary specialty gear required for your open water dives.

The Paperwork

Once you have completed your knowledge reviews and all of your diving, the only thing left to do is fill out your certification paperwork, take your photo, and get your temporary certification cards.

Within 2 weeks (typically closer to 1 week) you will have your lifetime certification as a PADI Search & Recovery Diver.

Course Price Includes Everything You Need (No Hidden Costs)

  1. Training and certification
  2. Rental equipment - standard and specialty gear
  3. Air fills for all dives
  4. Search & Recovery Diver Manual

Required Forms for Training

  1. PADI Continuing Education Form - combines Safe Diving Practices, Liability Release and Medical Statement forms into one convenient form for continuing education.

AquaMunkee Scuba is a PADI training facility, focused on the PADI approach to diver education and also offering training through the related organizations DSAT/Tec Rec and Emergency First Response.