• Search & Recovery

Search & Recovery

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.


Take This Course If You Want to
  • Recover lost items

  • Learn underwater search patterns

  • Improve your navigation skills

Learn How to
  • Find things underwater

  • Use a lift bag

  • Plan a search operation


  • All classes may be subject to a minimum and/or maximum number of students.
  • Students of or under the age of 16 may have additional restrictions
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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.

Minimum Age: 12

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

This course requires both knowledge development and inwater training for certification. When you purchase PADI eLearning from our website, the cost covers the knowledge development portion only.

There is an additional cost to complete your certification with a PADI Instructor. The cost depends on class size, environment, and whether or not you need to rent equipment. Contact a PADI Dive Center or Resort for more information and pricing. 

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.

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