SDI Search & Recovery Specialty

SDI Search & Recovery Specialty

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SDI Search & Recovery Specialty

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

    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


    • 2 Dives (1 Day)

    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.

      Minimum requirements:

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

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