PADI Search and Recovery Specialty - Dive Centre | Scuba Dive Campbell River, BC

PADI Search and Recovery Specialty

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Retrieve lost items that have fallen overboard or over a dock. Learn effective swimming patterns and using a lift bag for heavy objects.


Once you sign up for the course, your instructor will be in touch!

Knowledge Development: all theory may be completed at home through PADI eLearning or in the shop with your instructor.

Ocean Dives: gathering information and resources, then carefully planning a search are the first important steps you’ll learn. Over 4 ocean dives, you’ll practice:

- Swimming search patterns using your compass and natural navigation

- Locating large and small objects using various search patterns

- Using a lift bag for large or heavy objects, plus other recovery methods

- Planning a search operation based on facts gathered about a lost object prior to the dive


Minimum Age: 12 years old

Certification: minimum PADI Advanced Open Water (or Jr. Advanced Open Water) certification or equivalent OR PADI Open Water (or Jr. Open Water) certification with PADI Navigation Specialty also qualify

Medical: each student must complete a PADI medical form specifically for scuba diving. Click to view the PADI Medical Questionnaire


We provide all gear during your course at no extra cost.

During your Search and Recovery course, you will use basic scuba gear (BCD, regulator, tanks, weights, drysuit or wetsuit). You will also get to use a lift bag, compass, dive computer, and other gear that may help you with your searches.

We recommend investing in the following gear during or after your course: Mask, snorkel, fins, boots, gloves, hood, and dive computer. These items have a specific fit to each diver, and having your own will make your experience more enjoyable and familiar.

We offer 15% off any gear purchases before or during your course.