Search and Recovery Diver

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    It happens: People accidentally drop things from docks, off boats or even while scuba diving. If you’ve ever lost something in the water and wanted to go find it, then the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course is for you. There are effective ways to search for objects underwater that increase your chances of success. And there are good and better methods to bring up small, large or just awkward items. Search and Recovery can be challenging, but a whole lot of fun.

    Who should take this course?

    PADI (Junior) Advanced Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old can enroll in the Search and Recover Diver course. PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers with a PADI Underwater Navigator certification also qualify.

    What will you learn?

    Gathering information and resources, then carefully planning a search are the first important steps you learn. During four scuba dives you’ll practice:

      • Swimming search patterns using your compass and natural navigation.
      • Locating large and small objects using various search patterns.
      • Using a lift bag for large or heavy objects, plus other recovery methods.
      • Planning a search operation based on facts gathered about a lost object prior to the dive.

    Also, the first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your instructor about earning credit.


    Besides your basic scuba equipment, you'll need a compass and underwater slate.
    At Da Nang Scuba we have a fully stocked retail shop offering a wide range of scuba equipment from the basics of masks and snorkels to buoyancy control devices, including compasses, slates and reels. Taking a course with Da Nang scuba guarantees a 10% discount on any equipment purchased from Scuba Direct or Liquid Watersports.


    Day 1 – 2 Open Water Training Dives at Son Tra Beach
    Day 2 – 2 Open Water Training Dives at Son Tra Beach

    Day 1 – 2 Open Water Training Dives at Cham Island, Hoi An
    Day 2 – 2 Open Water Training Dives at Cham Island, Hoi An


    Contact Da Nang Scuba for pricing*
    *Certain Padi Speciality Courses require materials.


    Contact Da Nang Scuba to enroll in the course and get a PADI Search and Recovery manual and view the DVD. At Da Nang Scuba we will also practice your search patterns on dry land to help you master these all important skills.

    Search & Rescue Diver Video