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Search and Recovery Diver

For as long as man has been on the water, he has also been losing things of value under it.

While some objects are small enough that they can simply be brought up by hand, many items lost are large and require special techniques and equipment to be recovered.

The PADI Search and Recovery specialty programme goes through the many different techniques that will enable you to effectively locate an object that has been lost underwater be it a ring or a sunken boat!! Once you have been able to locate the object, you will then have the opportunity to practice using a variety of equipment configurations to bring the item safely to the surface.

Now as a qualified Search and Recovery Diver you will be able to locate your missing treasures and help friends recover theirs as well. This is great fun!!

locate missing treasures or help friends

The course includes:

  • Procedures, techniques, problems, and hazards of search and recovery diving
  • Object location, various search patterns
  • Safety considerations for recovery of objects using various lifting devices


  • PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent
  • 15 Years of age or older
  • Up to date divers medical within the 12 months

Course duration:

  • Four open water dives
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