Search and Recovery

This course is designed to be an introduction to search and recovery diving and to help the student diver develop the necessary skills and knowledge for safe search and recovery diving.
This course include the following:

  1. The planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems, and hazards of search and recovery diving.
  2. Limited-visibility diving and underwater navigation techniques.
  3. Proper techniques and safety considerations for object location, including the use of various search patterns, lines and reels.
  4. Proper techniques and safety considerations for recovery of objects using various lifting devices.

To qualify for the Search and Recovery Diver course, an individual must:

  1. Be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, Junior Advanced Open Water Diver or have a qualifying certification from another training organization.
    Be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver, Junior Open Water Diver and PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty Diver or have qualifying certifications from another training organization.
    In this case, a qualifying certification is defined as proof of entry-level scuba certification and proof of specialty course certification in underwater navigation with a minimum of three scuba dives that include training in natural and compass navigation.
  2. Be 12 years of age or older.
  3. Submit, to the instructor, medical clearance for diving signed by a physician, attesting to fitness to dive. The medical clearance must be current within the previous 12 months. The physician signing the form cannot be the individual.
  4. Sign the Certified Diver Experience Programs Liability Release
  5. Assumption of Risk form.