search & recovery certification

Search & Recovery Course

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Search & Recovery is one of the most useful advanced certifications you can have. There is no feeling like being asked to retrieve something precious, meaningful, or expensive for someone else. Regardless, if a boat lost their anchor, another diver lost their mask, a swimmer lost their wedding ring, or something completely off the wall, this course gives you the skills & techniques to locate & safely recover what was lost.

What to expect in this course:

Many scuba divers go underwater for relaxation & recreation. Search & Recovery gives you experience with diving for a targeted purpose. In this challenging & rewarding course; you’ll spend just as much time gathering information, triangulating locations, & planning the dive as you will in the water. You’ll learn how to rig, lift, & safely recover different objects from small (like a wedding ring) to large (like a boat motor)*.  *up to a certain weight range, agency dependent

Who this class is for:

  • The certified diver looking to maximize the use of search & recovery techniques for scuba diving
  • The certified diver who works in or around docks, boat slips, or marinas
  • Up & coming or existing dive professionals who work with students, lead dives, or work on dive boats

Our Search & Recovery certification class fee includes:

  • Your online learning, tests, & one-on-one instructor review
  • Up to 4 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 & 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

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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.


Course Requirements:

Search & recovery certification prerequisites:

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

Gear requirements:

  • Standard scuba gear (regulators, BCD, weights, tanks, computer – rentals available)
  • Personal scuba gear (mask, fin, snorkel, boots – student must provide)
  • Finger spool or reel
  • Appropriately sized 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
  • Ensure the certifying agency has your photo on their website (no hats or sunglasses)

Time requirements:

  • 2 – 4 hours for online learning
  • 4 – 8 hours* of instructor led surface & in-water training 
*Up to 2 days may be required dependent on agency