SDI Search & Recovery Diver

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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.

This 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.

ScubaQuest is the ONLY Dive Centre EXCLUSIVELY based at The National Diving & Activity Centre.

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