Learn to Search & Recover!

The next time someone loses an item underwater, you can be the hero that finds the missing object. In the PADI® Search and Recovery course, you’ll learn how to find lost objects underwater. You’ll practice different types of underwater search patterns and learn how to use a lift bag as you plan and execute mock search operations.

Finding items underwater is both challenging and rewarding. You need to know how to gather information, organize a search and choose an effective underwater search pattern. Your PADI Instructor will give you practice scenarios to build and hone your skills.

What you can expect to learn

  • Find things underwater
  • Use a lift bag
  • Plan a search operation
  • Recover lost items
  • Learn underwater search patterns
  • Improve your navigation skills

Course Equipment Requirements

Besides your basic scuba equipment, you’ll need a compass and underwater slate for this course. Your PADI Instructor or local dive center staff may suggest other gear that may help with your searches, such as a dive light, marker buoys, lines and reels.

Course Prerequisites

Age Requirement: 

12 years and older

Course Prerequisites:

(Jr.) Advanced Open Water or (Jr.) Open Water with Underwater Navigation certification


How do I get Started?

During four dives, you’ll locate objects large and small using different search patterns. You’ll get hands-on experience using a lift bag and, on the last dive, you’ll plan and execute a mock search operation.

How long will this take?

Entire course: 2-3 days (dives must be completed over a minimum of two days)

How much is the course?


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