About the Course
Take the PADI Search & Recovery Diver course to learn how to find lost objects underwater and how to bring them to the surface, even when they’re really heavy.
During the course you’ll practice different search techniques and patterns and how to use a lift bag as you plan and execute mock search operations.
The course is broken up into 2 stages, undertaken one after the other. Click through below to get more details on each of the stages.
Firstly you’ll be provided access to the PADI eLearning materials. You’ll learn about types of search and recovery diving, potential hazards, how to plan search and recovery dives, surface and underwater search techniques, and object recovery procedures. The PADI Search & Recovery Diver course theory is all digital, meaning you can do it from the comfort of your sofa on a computer or smart device.
Typical time commitment: 2-4 hours
Open Water Dives
The PADI Search & Recovery Diver course consists of four open water dives.
Before getting in the water, you’ll do some land-based exercises with your instructor to practice the different search techniques learnt during the knowledge development, as well as tying a variety of knots used in search and recovery diving.
During the open water dives, you’ll practice searching for a variety of objects using the search techniques you have learnt, and then recovering them to the surface. On the final dive, your instructor will set you a challenge to find and recover a lost object from start to finish. You and your buddy will organise, plan and conduct the dive, chosing the appropriate procedures and techniques based on what you’ve learnt.
Typical time commitment: 2 days
Previous dive experience and/or qualifications: You must be a certified PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivilent from another recognised diving agency.
Minimum age: 12 years old. Divers who are under the age of 15 may earn a Junior Diver certification. After certification 12 to 14-year-olds must dive with an adult certified diver.
Medical fitness: In order to take part in diving, you should be medically fit to dive. As part of your booking process, we will ask you to complete a medical form. If the form indicates that you must get a diving physician’s medical evaluation, we recommend getting this sorted in good time ahead of your course, and prior to finalising your booking. We won’t be able to take you diving if you do not obtain any required approvals, and your deposit may be forfeit. For a list of qualified diving physicians, visit the SPUMS website.
Our base price includes the learning and administrative costs of the course. There may be additional costs to consider depending on the course and your individual requirements, we will confirm these with you when you book onto the course. Find below our typical inclusions, and other costs that you may need to consider:
- In-water instruction:
- 2 days of open water diving,
upto 4 open water dives
- Certification processing fee
Other Costs to Consider
- Equipment hire
- Boat tickets
- Air fills
Once you have received your eLearning access code, you can access the learning platform using a computer or a smart device. To access from you computer, log in to the PADI website.
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If you plan to be somewhere without internet access, use the PADI Training app to download course content and study offline. Content can be downloaded in small sections. When you get back online, upload your progress so you can resume your training right where you left off.
The PADI Training app is available for Apple® iOS and Android™ devices. For the ideal experience, devices should be no more than three models old and running with the most current OS (operating system).
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