Search and Recovery Diver Specialty

Course pre-requisites

To start this specialty you´ll need to

• be at least 14 years old
• hold the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver qualification, or have a qualifying certification from another training organisation
• have dived within the last six months and feel confident in your assembly and use of SCUBA equipment, along with reasonable buoyancy control. If in any doubt then please contact us, but we can offer you the PADI Reactivate program to prepare you for the training dives
• have a medical statement completed and signed by your doctor (download here)
• agree to our course terms and conditions (download here)


PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty

from €238

Course Description

Sitting on the quay side in between dives, or sat by your equipment on the beach, sooner or later someone will come up and ask you to help them find something they’ve lost in the sea. It could be an expensive pair of sunglasses, or a much larger object fallen overboard from their boat. Would you know how to organise a search? Where to look, what pattern to use, how to mark the search area and communicating with your buddy underwater? Make your search more successful by taking the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty. Conducted over two days with four dives, and combined with the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Manual, this course provides you with the knowledge and skills to plan and execute a thorough search, and improving your chances of success.

Course Content

The PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course includes everything you´ll need. We´ll supply you with –

• Full equipment for diving including wetsuit, BCD, regulator set, air/EANx dive computer, cylinders, hood, gloves, boots, fins, mask and weight system
• Compass, reels, lines, marker buoys and selection of lift bags
• PADI Search and Recovery Diver manual
• Certification upon successful completion

And remember that on all of our courses there will never be more than four students per course!

You can book this course from €238 or alternatively enjoy a fully inclusive diving holiday from just €334 (2 people sharing)

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Search and Recovery Diver Specialty

The PADI Search and Recovery Diver specialty comes with an informative and easy to understand manual. Within this manual you´ll get to look at -

Search and Recovery Diver Specialty• The Recreational Search and Recovery Diver
• Two Types of Search and Recovery Diving
• Search and Recovery Environments
• Potential Hazards of Search and Recovery Diving
• Planning Search and Recovery Dives
• Pinpointing Lost Objects at the Surface
• Underwater Searches
• Object Recovery Procedures

Included within the manual are two Knowledge Development sections that you´ll need to complete, and are designed to help you better understand and retain the information.

With the knowledge development completed it´s time to gear up and head into the water. There are four dives to complete, so let´s take a look at each dive we´ll be doing.

Dive One – depth 6-14 mtrs

Search and Recovery Diver SpecialtyOn our first dive we’re going to search for a small submerged object, within a reasonably small area. Once located we’ll look at different methods for attaching the lift bag, and then bring the object to the surface. We’ll look at two different patterns for searching underwater, of which we’ll practice on dry land first, and both of which are suitable for locating small objects, and for use in poor visibility.

When we´re ready to go, we´ll perform our pre-dive safety check, confirm our dive plan, and then enter the water to complete these skills -

• Demonstrate a methodical search of an area approximately 15 metres by 15 metres, or other dimensions for the same area of search to find a small submerged object
• Demonstrate a methodical search of an area approximately 30 metres by 30 metres, or other dimensions for the same area of search to find a submerged object not more than 10 kilograms/25 pounds negatively buoyant
• Tie the following knots correctly while underwater: the bowline, two half hitches and a sheet bend
• Demonstrate how to safely rig and bring to the surface an object not more than 10 kilograms negatively buoyant using an appropriate lifting device

Dive Two – depth 6-14 mtrs

Search and Recovery Diver SpecialtyFor this dive we’ll carry out a search for a larger object, using the expanding square search pattern, of which we’ll have a dry run on land first. Once located we’ll use a combination of lift bags to bring the object safely to the surface.

So after changing our cylinders, and allowing for a surface interval, we´ll kit back up, carry out our pre-dive safety check, confirm our dive plan, and then enter the water to complete these skills –

 • Demonstrate the expanding square search for a submerged object in an area approximately 18 metres by 18 metres, or other dimensions for the same area of search
• Demonstrate how to use an appropriate lifting device to safely rig and bring to the surface an object found using the expanding square search pattern

Dive Three – depth 6-14 mtrs

Search and Recovery Diver SpecialtyOur final search technique, we’re going to look at the ‘jackstay’ method. A useful pattern for precision searching, and one that requires good underwater management. We’ll have a thorough practice on dry land first, before attempting this underwater. And of course once you’ve found the submerged object, you’ll have another chance to rig a lift bag and bring the object to the surface.

With our equipment on we will complete our safety pre-dive check, confirm our dive plan, and then enter the water. We´ll complete these skills –

• Demonstrate the jackstay search for a submerged object in an area approximately 60 metres by 60 metres, or other dimensions for the same area of search
• Demonstrate how to use an appropriate lifting device to safely rig and bring to the surface an object found with the jackstay search method

Dive Four– depth 6-14 mtrs

Search and Recovery Diver Specialty

The last dive of the course, and chance for you to plan and execute your own search and recovery dive. We’ll provide you with the information on what is lost, and where, and you can decide upon an appropriate search pattern, along with necessary lift bags and ropes.

So after changing our cylinders, and allowing for a surface interval, we´ll kit back up, carry out our pre-dive safety check, confirm our dive plan, and then enter the water to complete these skills –

• Organize, plan and conduct a search and recovery dive with a dive buddy
• Choose an appropriate search pattern and lifting method based on facts gathered about a lost object prior to a dive


Course
Links

What other courses can you link in, and achieve greater enjoyment and safety under the water? Throughout this course there is a heavy reliance upon the use of an underwater compass, and having the ability to know where you’re going, and where you’ve been are quite important! If you want to increase your knowledge and skills of underwater navigation, then have a look at the PADI Underwater Navigator Diver Specialty.

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