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Search & Recovery Certification

search & recovery certification

Search & recovery is one of the most useful advanced certifications you can have. Regardless if something was lost from a boat, another diver, land or even air, this course gives you the skills to locate & recover what was lost.

Who this class is for:

  • The certified diver looking for more information to maximize the use of search and recovery for scuba diving.
  • The certified diver who works in or around docks, slips or marinas.

Our Search & Recovery certification class fee includes:

  • Your online learning, tests & one on one instructor review.
  • 2 instructor-led dives in open waters.
  • Search & Recovery certification card & processing fees.

What you will learn:

  • Compass use
  • Estimating distances underwater
  • Natural navigation
  • Limited visibility diving
  • Factors affecting visibility
  • Hazards of limited visibility
  • Various Search techniques
  • Signals for search diving
  • Salvage techniques
  • Depth considerations
  • Lift bag usage
  • Lifting drums
  • Necessary qualities of lifting devices
  • Knots and rigging
  • Fill techniques
  • Mud/silt suction considerations
  • 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


Search & recovery certification prerequisites:

  • 15 years or older (Under 18 requires parental consent)
  • Open water diving certification
  • Approved diver medical form
  • Liability waiver

Gear requirements:

  • Standard scuba gear (Regulators, BCD, Weights, Tanks)
  • Finger spool or reel
  • Appropriate size lift bag (optional)

Class requirements:

  • Satisfactorily complete the online learning course with a test score of 80% or higher.
  • After instructor remediation, a test score of 100%
  • Complete all open water requirements efficiently
  • Demonstrate safe recovery practices
  • Insure the certifying agency has your photo on their website (no hats or sunglasses)

Time requirements:

  • 2-3 hours for online learning
  • 3-4 hours of instructor led surface & in-water training

Search & Recovery Certification


Please check our online calendar for a scheduled class before purchasing. You may be able to join an already scheduled course.

This class includes your online e-learning material, 4 in-water training sessions with a certified instructor,  your certification card (C-Card) and the ability to find all the cool stuff the surface dwellers have lost.