• Search And Recovery

Search And Recovery

The next time someone loses an item underwater, you can be the hero that finds the missing object.

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In the PADI® Search and Recovery course, you’ll learn how to find lost objects underwater. You’ll practice different types of underwater search patterns and learn how to use a lift bag as you plan and execute mock search operations.

Finding items underwater is both challenging and rewarding. You need to know how to gather information, organize a search and choose an effective underwater search pattern. Your PADI Instructor will give you practice scenarios to build and hone your skills.

This course consist of two parts: Knowledge Development and Open Water Training Dives

Knowledge Development

Online learning makes it easy to fit scuba lessons into a busy schedule. Complete the knowledge development section of your course whenever, wherever it's convenient for you. The total eLearning time commitment is about 2-4 hours

Open Water Training Dives

During four dives, you'll locate objects large and small using different search patterns. You’ll get hands-on experience using a lift bag and, on the last dive, you’ll plan and execute a mock search operation.


  • Minimum Certification: PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or PADI Open Water Diver with Underwater Navigation (or qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • A Medical Questionnaire must be completed by all participants.

Required Equipment

*Rental gear is not included, except weights & tanks

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