• SDI Search and Recovery

SDI Search and Recovery

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.

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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

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

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