PADI Search and Recovery Course

 
Course Introduction

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. Over the years I have found so much stuff that my friends have nicknamed me Sir Find-a-lot. The PADI Search and Recovery Scuba Diver Course, teaches you how to set up search patterns to look for and find things under the water.
Once you’ve found something we will teach you how to use underwater lift bags to bring it to the surface safely. Let’s go find some stuff!

Course Overview

The purpose of the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course is to familiarize divers with the skills, knowledge, planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems, hazards and fun of search and recovery diving.

The Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course is intended to serve as a safe and supervised introduction to search and recovery diving. The goals of PADI Search and Recovery Diver training are:

A. To develop the student’s practical knowledge of search and recovery diving.

B. To enable the student to plan, organize, and make search and recovery dives.

This course covers the techniques and application of a variety of search and recovery methods. To conduct a Search and Recovery Diver course, the following is to be included:
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

 

academics

The PADI Search and Recovery Course begin with independent study and knowledge development. Students will begin by watching the PADI Search and Recovery video. Then Students will read and complete all knowledge reviews inside of their PADI Search and Recovery Specialty Manual. Your instructor will review your knowledge reviews during your classroom session.

 

Open Water Training Dives

Open Water Training Dive 1
By the end of Search and Recovery Dive One, the student should be able to:
• Demonstrate a methodical search of an area approximately 15 meters/50 feet by 15 meters/50 feet or other dimensions for the same area of search to find a small submerged object.
• Demonstrate a methodical search of an area approximately 30 meters/100 feet by 30 meters/100 feet or other dimensions for the same area of search to find a submerged object not more than 10 kilograms/25 pounds negatively buoyant.
• Tie the following knots correctly while underwater wearing gloves: the bow line, two half hitches and a sheet bend.
• Demonstrate how to safely rig and bring to the surface an object not more than 25 pounds/11 kilograms negatively buoyant using an appropriate lifting device.

Open Water Training Dive 2
By the end of Search and Recovery Dive Two, the student should be able to:
• Demonstrate the expanding square search for a submerged object in an area approximately 18 meters by 18 meters/60 feet by 60 feet or other dimensions for the same area of search.
• Demonstrate how to use an appropriate lifting device to safely rig and bring to the surface an object found using the expanding square search pattern.

Open Water Training Dive 3
By the end of Search and Recovery Dive Three, the student should be able to:
• Demonstrate the jackstay search for a submerged object in an area approximately 60 meters by 60 meters/200 feet by 200 feet, or other dimensions for the same area of search.
• Demonstrate how to use an appropriate lifting device to safely rig and bring to the surface an object found with the jackstay search method.

Open Water Training Dive 4
By the end of Search and Recovery Dive Four, the student should be able to:
• Organize, plan and conduct a search and recovery dive with a dive buddy.
• Choose an appropriate search pattern and lifting method based on facts gathered about a lost object prior to a dive.

 

    course duration

    The total course duration is approximately 24 hours typically conducted over 3 to 4 classes. For more information on specific scheduling for this course please click on the calendar below.

     

    Recommended Additional Training (optional)

    We suggest that all divers enrolling in PADI Specialty Course take the PADI Enriched Air Scuba Diver Course first in order to increase bottom time during your training dives.

    Click here for more information on PADI Eriched Diver Course.

Course Prerequisites

    prerequisite training

    Be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, Junior Advanced Open Water Diver or have a qualifying certification from another training organization.
    OR
    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.

     

    Age requirements

    PADI Minimum Age Requirement is 12 years old.

     
    depth restrictions

    The maximum depth is 30 meters/100 feet and for Junior Divers (12-14 years old) the maximum depth is 21 meters/70 feet.

     

    required Books

    The PADI Search and Recovery Crewpak

    Search and RecoveryCrewpak: includes Search and Recovery DVD and Specialty Manual.

     

    required equipment

    Standard SCUBA Gear: Mask, Fins, Snorkel, Compass, Dive Computer or Dive Watch, Knife, Safety Sausage, Communication Slate, Safety Whistle, Dive Lights, BCD, Regulators with Submersible Pressure Gauge, Tanks, Weights, Gloves and Wetsuit if required(during winter classes).

    Rental equipment is not included in this class. If you need to rent equipment please do not forget to select the rental equipment you will need when you book your course.

    All Students Are Required to Have a Dive Computer or Dive Watch for all courses.

     

    waivers and liability releases

    All participants must sign the following PADI release prior to any in water training. Parent or guardian signature is requiredfor participants younger than legal age for all PADI programs.

    Certification

    a. Upon successfully completing the course, you will receive the PADI Search and Recovery Specialty certification.
    b. Certification means that you will be qualified to:
    1. Plan, organize, make and log open water search and recovery dives in conditions generally comparable to or better than, those you are trained in.
    2. Apply for the Master Scuba Diver rating if you are a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or have a qualifying certification from another training organization) and a PADI Rescue Diver (or have a qualifying certification from another training organization) with certification in four other PADI Specialty ratings.

PADI Course Cost, Location and Schedule

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