• PADI Search and Recovery Certification Course

PADI Search and Recovery Certification Course

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

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.


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Medical Requirements
Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Chronic health conditions, certain medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a physician before diving.

Avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a physician’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. Instructors, divemasters and dive shop staff are not physicians and should not be asked for medical advice; only medical professionals can give medical clearance to dive.

Prerequisites & Minimum Age
Minimum Age: 12
Course prerequisites: (Jr.) Advanced Open Water or (Jr.) Open Water with Underwater Navigation certification

Other Costs & Equipment
This course requires both knowledge development and inwater training for certification. When you purchase PADI eLearning from our website, the cost covers the knowledge development portion only. To purchase the PADI book please contact the shop. 

Besides your basic scuba equipment, you'll need a compass and underwater slate for this course. Descent Divers will suggest other gear that may help with your searches, such as a dive light, marker buoys, lines and reels.

Time Commitment
PADI eLearning: 2-4 hours
Entire course: 2-3 days (dives must be completed over a minimum of two days)

After the Course
The first dive of the Search and Recovery Specialty course may count toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your instructor about earning credit.
Every specialty certification you complete brings you one step closer to becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver™. Fewer than two percent of divers ever achieve this elite rating.



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