Retrieve lost items that have fallen overboard or over a dock. Learn effective swimming patterns and using a lift bag for heavy objects.
It happens: People accidentally drop things from docks, off boats or even while scuba diving. If you’ve ever lost something in the water and wanted to go find it, then the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course is for you. There are effective ways to search for objects underwater that increase your chances of success. And there are good and better methods to bring up small, large or just awkward items. Search and recovery can be challenging, but a whole lot of fun.
The Search & Recovery Diver Course has two parts:
Knowledge Development (you will be given a course manual for you to study, independently prior to your open water dives) which will introduce you to search patterns, the equipment required, and the risks and rewards of searching for lost objects.
4 x Open Water Dives to practice;
swimming search patterns using your compass and natural navigation.
Locating large and small objects using various search patterns.
Using a lift bag for large or heavy objects, plus other recovery methods.
Planning a search operation based on facts gathered about a lost object prior to the dive.
The course takes place over 2-3 days.
Courses are scheduled on demand.
Equipment rental is free of charge for this course.
Due to the ongoing risk of COVID 19, to ensure our safety and yours, we have changed things around a little here at Dive Wellington.
Anyone partaking on a course, hiring dive gear, or going on a charter/trip MUST have a vaccination pass.
Customers must wear a face-covering inside at all times, and keep a 2m distance between other customers and staff where possible.
If travelling for a course/dive club, we will have very limited transport in the Dive Wellington van, but we recommend taking your own private vehicle to the site.
Masks, snorkels and regulators will be soaked in disinfectant after each use to avoid transmission.
As always, if you are unwell or have cold/flu-like symptoms, please stay home and get tested.
Please help keep everyone safe by following these regulations.
You can start your course right away when you purchase "Start NOW". You will be sent an eLearning code, a link to the eLearning web page, and instructions on how to access the online theory content.
We will be in contact to discuss course dates and options.
In order to complete the course, you will still need to finish any remaining training elements, including medical forms, pool and sea training, if included. You will need to pay for the remainder of the course before your in water training commences.
First - purchase your course online. Next, we'll get in contact and give you dates, and your course information pack. This pack includes all the course details, online training information (if applicable), medical forms, etc.
On the medical form, you will need to answer a few questions. Please read the form carefully before filling it out.
If you answer YES to ANY of the questions, please follow the instructions on the form. You may be required to gain clearance from your doctor before we can take you diving.
If the answers are all NO, you don't need to see a doctor. Please get in touch if you have any questions. You can find the form here.
If your course includes online training, you can start right away with your online training code.