Search and Recovery Diver

Search and Recovery Diver

The Course

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


Advanced Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old can enroll in the Search and Recover Diver course. Open Water Divers with an Underwater Navigator certification also qualify.

​The Learning

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.

​You may be able to get college credit for the Search and Recovery course.

​Also, the first dive of this course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask us about earning credit.



​Course tuition includes:

  • PADI Search and Recovery Diver eLearning
  • Instructional dives with our professional crew*
  • Certification processing
  • Certification card

​*Scuba park admission, air fills and scuba equipment rental not included. Add $120 if you require rental regulator, BCD and dive computer.

​Get Started

​Stop by or call International Scuba at either 972-416-8400 or 214-227-2494 to enroll in the course and get the PADI Search & Recovery Diver eLearning. By studying before the dives, you’ll be better prepared to start practicing your search and recovery skills when you go diving with your Instructor.

The Gear

Besides your basic scuba equipment, you’ll need a compass, a reel and line, a surface marker buoy and underwater slate with pencil. Your instructor may suggest other gear that may help with your searches, such as a dive light and lift bag.

​The Next Step

​With your PADI Search & Recovery certification, you’re well on your way toward earning additional specialty diver certifications, the Advanced Open Water Diver certification, or the prestigious Master Scuba Diver certification. You may want to expand your diving skills even more with the Rescue Diver course. Ask your instructor or divemaster, stop by, or give us a call for more details.