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Search & Recovery Diver Speciality

Search & Recovery Diver Speciality

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Who is this course for?

The certified diver looking for more information to maximize the use of search and recovery for scuba diving.

Course prerequisites

Open Water Scuba Diver, Junior Open Water Scuba Diver, or equivalen.

Minimum age 18 , 15 with parental consent.

What you can expect to learn

The SDI Search and Recovery Diver Course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:


Compass use

Estimating distances

Natural navigation

Limited visibility diving

Factors affecting visibility

Hazards of limited visibility

Techniques of diving

Search techniques


Circular search

Grid search

SDI Instructor Manual

Current (overlap) search

Signals for search diving

Salvage techniques

Depth considerations

Lift bags

Lifting drums

Necessary qualities of lifting devices

Knots and rigging

Fill techniques

Mud/silt suction considerations

Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:

Review compass techniques

Review search techniques

Practice and perform different search patterns

Review lifting techniques

Recover an object from depth

Salvage and recovery of an object with a water weight of between 11 and 33 kg/25 and 75 lbs

Simulate scuba emergency using a minimum of 2 searching techniques

Log dives

What's in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in diving activities without direct supervision of the DNQY Instructor* so long as the following limits are adhered to:

The diving activities approximate those of training

The areas of activities approximate those of training

Environmental conditions approximate those of training

Also, the Search and Recovery Diver certification counts towards a single specialty rating to achieve the Advanced Diver Development Program.

Search & Recovery Diver minimum requirements

Complete all open water requirements efficiently

Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution

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In this fascinating program, you will learn all the skills you need to safely and confidently conduct search and recovery dives. You will be taught how to use search patterns, specialized dive plans and equipment such as lift bags, lines and reels. By developing your search and communication techniques and practicing searches in a dive team, you will become a confident search and rescue diver in no time. Upon completion, you will earn the Search & Recovery specialty certification.

The Search & Recovery Speciality course is very beneficial to every single diver, you will notice the more you dive that people are clumsy and lose things all the time! You can use your extended knowledge to swoop in and save the day by recovering sunglasses, phones, drones etc (this is all stuff we've had to recover too!).

If you're really lucky, you will come across a mountain of sunken treasure, but just remember we were the ones who lost it!

Learning different knots might be a bit daunting, but it's a life skill that everyone should know! From bowlines, to half hitches and more, these knots are great for every day life and you'd be surprised how often you don't even realise you're tying them.

Don't forget the golden rule though: IF YOU CAN'T TIE KNOTS, TIE LOTS!