In the PADI® Search and Recovery course, you’ll learn how to find lost objects underwater. You’ll practice different types of underwater search patterns and learn how to use a lift bag as you plan and execute mock search operations.


How to start?

Online learning makes it easy to fit scuba lessons into a busy schedule. Complete the knowledge development section of your course whenever, wherever it's convenient for you.

Work at your own pace, online or offline, using a computer or mobile device.

Take This Course If You Want to

  • Recover lost items
  • Learn underwater search patterns
  • Improve your navigation skills

You Will Learn How to

  • Find things underwater
  • Use a lift bag
  • Plan a search operation


With Your Instructor

Finding items underwater is both challenging and rewarding. You need to know how to gather information, organize a search and choose an effective underwater search pattern. Your PADI Instructor will give you practice scenarios to build and hone your skills.


During four dives, you'll locate objects large and small using different search patterns. You’ll get hands-on experience using a lift bag and, on the last dive, you’ll plan and execute a mock search operation.


Prerequisites: PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or Open Water with Underwater Navigation

eLearning: 2-4 hours

Total time commitment: 2-3 days

Dives: 4 dives

Minimum age: 12 years or older


Ready to start? 

To start your course, sign up today: 

Cost: $399 - includes eLearning and in person training.