SDI Search & Recovery Diver



This specialty is designed to acquaint the diver with special skills and techniques necessary to successfully plan, execute and evaluate a search and recovery dive.

Who this course is for:

  • The certified diver looking for more information to maximize the use of search and recovery for scuba diving

Course prerequisites:

  • SDI Open Water Scuba Diver, SDI Junior Open Water Diver, or equivalent
  • Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent (a parent or legal guardian must watch this Risk Awareness Video and contact us prior to signing up)

What you can expect to learn:

The SDI Search and Recovery Diver Course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • Navigation
    • Compass use
    • Estimating distances
  • Natural navigation
  • Limited visibility diving
    • Factors affecting visibility
    • Hazards of limited visibility
    • Techniques of diving
  • Search techniques
    • Shotgun
    • Circular search
    • Grid search SDI Instructor Manual
    • Current (overlap) search
    • Signals for search diving
  • Salvage techniques
    • Depth considerations
    • Lift bags
    • Lifting drums
    • Necessary qualities of lifting devices
    • Knots and rigging
    • Fill techniques
    • Mud/silt suction considerations

Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:

  • Review compass techniques
  • Review search techniques
  • Practice and perform different search patterns
  • Review lifting techniques
  • Recover an object from depth
  • Salvage and recovery of an object with a water weight of between 11 and 33 kg/25 and 75 lbs
  • Simulate scuba emergency using a minimum of 2 searching techniques
  • Log dives

What’s in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in diving activities without direct supervision of the SDI Instructor* so long as the following limits are adhered to:

  • The diving activities approximate those of training
  • The areas of activities approximate those of training
  • Environmental conditions approximate those of training

Also, the SDI Search and Recovery Diver certification counts towards a single specialty rating to achieve the SDI Advanced Diver Development Program.

SDI Search and Recovery Diver minimum requirements:

  • Complete all open water requirements efficiently
  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution

Prior to signing up:

 

-You must be 18 years of age.  Minors may enroll at 15 years of age, but a parent or legal guardian must watch this Risk Awareness Video and contact us prior to signing up

-No equipment is provided.  It is the responsibility of the student to provide all required equipment.  Please contact us for a complete list of required equipment.   

-If you are giving a course as a gift, please contact us.  

-Understand there is a $50 rescheduling fee if you do not arrive on time to the first academic session, you arrive and have not completed the online academic portion, or you do not bring your medical clearance to dive, if required.   

-Review the General Liability Release.

-Review the Medical Questionnaire.  The purpose of this Medical Questionnaire is to find out if you should be examined by your doctor before participating in recreational diver training. A positive response to a question does not necessarily disqualify you from diving. A positive response means that there is a preexisting condition that may affect your safety while diving and you must seek the advice of your physician prior to engaging in dive activities.

-Watch this Risk Awareness Video

-If you have any other questions or concerns please contact us. 


Skill Level: Specialty
Materials Included: Everything but equipment
Requirements: SDI Open Water Scuba Diver or Equivelent
Instructor: TBD
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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.