Search and Recovery

Learn the art of Search and Recovery with this simple course!

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The PADI Search and Recovery Diver course is one of the most satisfying courses you can do. Search techniques will be studied in depth, and put to the test in recovery operations. Lifting the recovered object becomes easy, once you’ve mastered the relevant calculations, and learnt how to use lifting bags.

This is a course for the practically minded diver, or keen treasure hunter.

The course covers the techniques and application of a variety of search and recovery methods, including

The planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems, and hazards of search and recovery diving
Limited visibility diving, and underwater navigation techniques
Object location, including the use of various search patterns lines and reels
Recovery of objects using various lifting devices

Ending your dive safely, and getting back on board, are undoubtedly the most important aspects of the dive. Regardless of your dive destination and especially in a drift diving environment, a surface marker can be an incredibly valuable tool.