PADI Search and Recovery Diver

PADI Search and Recovery Diver

Have you ever seen something dropped in the water? Are you looking for “lost treasure” like a buddy's dive computer or other piece of expensive equipment lost on a dive? The PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty will teach you effective ways to find objects underwater and bring them to the surface. Small, large or just awkward, there is a way to bring them up.


Find lost items and lift them to the surface using lifting devices, not your BCD. Not only are these skills good fun, but very practical and ultimately useful because eventually you or someone you know will lose something in the water. As a Search and Recovery Diver you’ll know how to search for it, find it and recover it.

To Start

How do I get started?

As with all of the diving education programmes at Aquasport you start with the training materials. A deposit of £50 is required to book your PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty. We will provide you with the PADI Search and Recovery Diver manual for you to read prior to the start of your training.



What will I do?

During your programme you will cover the following:

  • Search and recovery dive planning, organisation, procedures, techniques and how to deal with potential problems
  • How to locate large and small objects using different search patterns
  • How to use various types of lifting devices including lift bags and other recovery methods
  • Limited visibility search techniques


You will have two and a half days of intense search and recovery diver training to complete. In our fully equipped multi-media classrooms you will learn how to deal with many different scenarios, including how to plan for searching for and recovering objects of all shapes and sizes and considerations to take into account before undertaking a search and recovery dive.


You will put into practice what you learn in a combination of skills in four open water training dives including the use of a lifting bag and other search and recovery diving related equipment, culminating in actually recovering objects from depth with your instructor.



How long will it take?

The PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty takes place over one weekend. Starting on the Friday evening you will complete the theory sections from the PADI Search and Recovery Diver manual.


The Saturday and Sunday will cover all the practical sessions during four open water training dives.



What will I need?

The PADI Advanced Open Water certification or equivalent is the prerequisite for the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty. You can also undertake this specialty as a PADI Open Water Diver as long as you also hold the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty rating.


All standard scuba equipment requirements are included in the price, less anything you should have from your AOW programme.


The minimum age for enrolment on this programme is 12 years.


You will need to fill out a self certification medical statement. If you have any medical conditions you think may prevent you from scuba diving please feel free to contact us and we will try to be of assistance.



PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty £245.

A £50 deposit is required when you book your programme with Aquasport. Balance of payment is due two weeks prior to the start of your training.



Starting on Friday evenings at 6.30pm and continuing on Saturday and Sunday.


Call the centre for the latest course information on 0121 706 6628 or email


Where To?

Where can I go from here?

Once you have completed your PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty there is a multitude of programmes open to you. As buoyancy is important when lifting an object the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty may be ideal. The PADI Enriched Air Diver Specialty will also extend your bottom time allowing for longer searches and increasing your chances of finding what you are looking for.


Once you have completed five PADI specialties, the PADI Rescue Diver course and have 50 logged dives you hold all the prerequisites for the PADI Master Scuba Diver certification. This is the highest non-professional rating in the PADI system of diver education.


Here at Aquasport all of our Instructors hold this level of recreational certification. We recommend that every diver takes this route regardless of their further ambitions as we see it as a commitment to education and a real achievement.

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The Dive Centre,

Lincoln Road,

Solihull, B27 6PA

0121 706 6628

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