Have you ever dropped anything into the water and wondered the best method to find the object? Are you a treasure hunter and looking to explore the bottom in more detail?

The PADI Search and Recovery Specialty course is a great way to learn underwater navigation and search techniques to cover all eventualities of good or limited visibility.

Students also learn how to rig and attach an object to a lift bag as well as the most effective and safe way in which to lift the object to the surface.

The PADI Search and Recovery course is one of the most fun and action packed of all the specialty programs and is also the most useful if you ever drop anything valuable over the side of the boat!

PADI Search & Recovery Specialty
Course Overview​

  • The planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of search & recovery diving

  • Limited visibility diving and underwater navigation techniques

  • Proper techniques and safety considerations for object location, including the use of various search patterns, lines and reels

  • Proper techniques and safety considerations for recovery of objects using various lifting devices

Course Prerequisites

Knowledge Development


Knowledge development is based on a self-study method, allowing you to study in your own time, at your own pace. Home study is backed up by an academic session with your PADI Instructor, to ensure full understanding of the course material.

Confined/Open Water Dives


  • 4 Open Water Dives

Price Includes​

  • PADI Search & Recovery Course Materials

  • PADI Certification Fee

Continue The Adventure...

Search patterns and underwater navigation techniques are an important component in the rescue diver course, when searching for a missing diver. Why not put your new skills into practice by enrolling onto the PADI Rescue Diver course, which teaches you invaluable rescue skills for controlling and managing most diving incidents.

If you have completed 5 PADI Specialties & the PADI Rescue Diver course and have 50 logged dives, you qualify to register as a PADI Master Scuba Diver, the highest non-professional diver rating within PADI.