SDI Search and Recovery Diver


This specialty is designed to acquaint the diver with special skills and techniques necessary to successfully plan, execute and evaluate a search and recovery dive.

Who this course is for:

  • The certified diver looking for more information to maximize the use of search and recovery for scuba diving

Course Duration:

Courses should not be treated as a race or something that can be skipped through quickly. Please remember training does not guarantee certification, we need to ensure you fully understand the training and will be a safe diver on certification. We follow a loved one clause that when certified we would be happy you could safely dive with one of our loved ones.

  • The e-learning and academic portion of this course should be completed before starting in water training and exercises. The duration of this piece is dependant on your availability. During this time our instructors are on hand to assist with questions or any element you may struggle with.
  • For many courses the swimming pool or confined water sessions give us time to practice and carry out skills in a controlled environment. We do not fix specific number of pool sessions as it is dependant on your comfort level with skills before moving to open water.
  • The open water element is again determined more by time in water rather than number of dives. We prefer longer dives building experience rather than quick short 20 minute 'dips'.
We will strive to meet your timelines and requirements where possible and will always be dependant on student availability to attend sessions.


Course prerequisites & forms:

  • SDI Open Water Scuba Diver, SDI Junior Open Water Diver, or equivalent
  • Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent 

Medical Form
Liability Release 

What you can expect to learn:

The SDI Search and Recovery Diver Course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:
    • Navigation
      • Compass use
      • Estimating distances
    • Natural navigation
    • Limited visibility diving
      • Factors affecting visibility
      • Hazards of limited visibility
      • Techniques of diving
    • Search techniques
      • Shotgun
      • Circular search
      • Grid search SDI Instructor Manual
      • Current (overlap) search
      • Signals for search diving
    • Salvage techniques
      • Depth considerations
      • Lift bags
      • Lifting drums
      • Necessary qualities of lifting devices
      • Knots and rigging
      • Fill techniques
      • Mud/silt suction considerations
    Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:
      • Review compass techniques
      • Review search techniques
      • Practice and perform different search patterns
      • Review lifting techniques
      • Recover an object from depth
      • 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
      • Log dives

      What’s in it for you?

      Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in diving activities without direct supervision of the SDI Instructor* so long as the following limits are adhered to:

        • The diving activities approximate those of training
        • The areas of activities approximate those of training
        • Environmental conditions approximate those of training

        Also, the SDI Search and Recovery Diver certification counts towards a single specialty rating to achieve the SDI Advanced Diver Development Program.

        How to take this course?

        • Availability to start every week. 
        • Get in touch with us by phone, whatsapp, facebook or e-mail
        • You can also add to shopping cart and pay online using ideal, credit card or paypal.

        Price & Value:

        SDISearch and Recovery Diver - €145,00

        *Fully inclusive of all e-learning, equipment required for the course, training and certification on successful completion.

        We focus on and are proud of the skill level, knowledge, decision making, experience and readiness of divers to dive at levels which they have been trained. We want to invest in you, your safety and ability to dive, then come home with amazing stories.

        Our courses are priced as such and we do not hide additional costs. We are are very flexible for training, especially in terms of dates or location as we know we all have busy lives and work commitments. However if for reasons outside of weather, illness or other such emergencies a course/training can not be completed in the standard training schedule we will charge for extra days at €150,00 per day.