Search and Recovery scenario


Search and recovery another very sensible choice of specialty instructor rating for any new PADI instructor. The 2011 Divemaster course now requires Divemaster trainees to either do this specialty, or do a search and recovery scenario.  By taking this specialty instructor course at coconut tree, you will be well prepared to offer your divemaster interns an excellent search and recovery experience.

You will learn valuable techniques and teaching methods which will make you glad you took the time to attain your search and recovery specialty instructor rating.

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Spend time around water (as a diver, how can you avoid it?) and sooner or later, you come across someone who lost something underwater. If you’re looking for the challenge and excitement – along with doing your good deed for the day – the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course is for you. It gives you the skills you need to find what’s been lost, and how to get it to the surface.

In the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course, you learn search and recovery dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and how to deal with potential problems. You learn how to locate large and small objects using search patterns, and various ways for lifting them to the surface. Not only do these skills make you more capable and confident in the water, but most Search and Recovery Divers eventually end up searching for and recovering something they lost themselves

Many factors can affect the success or failure of any search and recovery conducted underwater. Those of particular importance are surface conditions, underwater visibility, depth, bottom topography, bottom composition, vegetation, accessibility, surge, tides, currents, accuracy of bearings, water temperature, pollution, and obstacles or hazards. The size, weight, and dimensions of the object to recover also play a huge role. The search and recovery dive team cannot control these factors. There is, in fact, one aspect of an underwater search and recovery that can be controlled – organization. The other factors must be considered when the team plans a search and recovery, altering how they search and the recovery methods to accommodate them. Thus, the goal of this course is to teach student divers a systematic, methodical approach to the search and recovery of submerged objects. Student divers will develop the techniques involved in locating and retrieving lost articles, large and small, within recreational limits and while avoiding disturbing delicate marine life. The mechanics of the search are truly an art; while the principles applied to the operation are firmly grounded in science. The best way to learn how to conduct search patterns and to use lifting devices is by doing it. This course philosophy therefore, emphasizes diving. Student divers will apply the knowledge they gain by reading the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Manual and watching the companion video on at least four open water dives searching for and recovering objects of different sizes in varying search areas.