Search & Recovery Diver (SDI)

You drop under the water on a mission to find lost sunken treasure… ok, not really. However, the Search and Recovery course can be a useful program to search for marks ‘unidentified wrecks,’ to cover ground, to seek dropped equipment or to lift that porthole that you have found, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, right?

Speaking of trash, doing area sweeps to clear rubbish from your local dive spots is ecologically helpful to our underwater world, but useless if you cannot get the trash to the surface. 


Covering ground effectively is a skill, covering it quickly and effectively is an art. As a diver time is not on your side so having the skills to search ground efficiently in all visibility conditions is essential.

If what you are looking for is too heavy to lift to the surface, then correct rigging and lifting techniques will assist in the lift being successful but more importantly safe.

Divers on RIB

The Search & Recovery Diver specialty is designed to acquaint the diver with the special skills and techniques necessary to successfully plan, execute and evaluate a search and recovery dive.

To gain the Search and Recovery Diver certification students must complete two dives scheduled over one day. 

Initial theory will be undertaken online at the student’s convenience, with review and consolidation in the ScubaQuest Dive Centre located in the National Diving & Activity Centre when you attend for the course.


By the way, if you do find sunken treasure, be sure to give us a call, we would be happy to help you recover it.

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 SDI 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.


We are providing this certification through Scuba Diving Interanational (SDI), a Scuba training and certification agency. SDI is a member of the World Recreational Scuba Training Council (WRSTC).

Scuba Diving International (SDI)


The course is completed in one day with a theory session and a minimum of 2 dives.


Speciality Courses are organised to fit with customer demand. Availability on specific dates will be discussed on enquiry when every effort will be made to schedule the required course into the planned forward program.


  • Theory sections of the course take place at the ScubaQuest dive centre based at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC).
  • Open water dives are held at the National Diving & Activity Centre lake.

Please note: The Open Water Dive sessions at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) will be weather, water temperature and underwater visibility dependent.

ScubaQuest Dive Centre
National Diving & Activity Centre
A48, Tidenham
NP16 7LQ

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Course Options

A Search and Recovery dive undertaken as part of the SDI Advanced Adventure Diver can be credited to this course.

The course cost includes all educational materials, equipment, tuition and certification.

This speciality can be used as a credit towards achieving a SDI Advanced Diver.

ScubaQuest offer both traditional hard copy, classroom based theory and agency online learning packages.



The course cost includes all educational materials, equipment, tuition and certification.

Please Note: For open water dives at The National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) there is a daily entry charge to the site, payable on the day by all students. This is NOT included in the course fee.  Please check the NDAC website for details.

Course Requirements & Notes

  • Minimum age: 18 years old or 15 years old with parental consent.
  • Be certified as an SDI/PADI Open Water or Junior Open Water Diver or agency equivalent.
  • All documentation must be completed, reviewed and signed prior to any in-water training.

Book this Course

To book on this course, please contact us using the form below, or phone us on 01291 798 118

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