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Search and Recovery Diver

Spend time around water and you're sure to come across someone who lost something underwater. If you're looking for the challenge and excitement – along with doing your good deed for the day – the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course is for you. It gives you the skills you need to find what's been lost, and how to get it to the surface.

In the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course, you learn search and recovery dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and how to deal with potential problems. You learn how to locate large and small objects using search patterns, and various ways for lifting them to the surface and recovering them. We introduce you to limited visibility techniques, such as using a line to communicate with a buddy who is beyond visual range. You also learn methods for pinpointing the location of a sinking object from shore, and navigation for search and recovery. This fun class is like a giant underwater scavenger hunt.

The search and recovery skills that you learn have many applications, from environmental cleanups to just scouting for lost treasure. Not only do these skills make you more capable and confident in the water, but most Search and Recovery Divers eventually end up searching for and recovering something they lost themselves.

Watch the PADI video about this course (in a new window)


Number of dives: 4 dives over 2 days

What you get: PADI Search and Recovery Diver manual, Advanced Log Book pages

What you need to bring: Standard dive gear, underwater line and reel, lift bag, marker buoy, dive light

Class size: Limited to 6 students

Cost: $240

Sign up now: See the schedule for upcoming dates and times for this course.

If you don't see this class currently scheduled, please contact us to arrange a course for you.

We are currently teaching in Missoula, Montana and throughout Western Montana. We can also travel to your location.

We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you are not happy with our class, let us know prior to receiving your certification, and we will refund your tuition.

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