PADI Search & Recovery Diver Specialty Instructor Course

MSDT • Search and Recovery Specialty Course Koh Tao, Thailand

Course Price: 3,000 THB

If you have ever lost something in the water from a boat or while scuba diving and want to find and recover it, you will need to understand how to organise, plan and execute search and recovery procedures with precision.

There is a huge difference between a bunch of divers randomly looking for something underwater haphazardly and an organised search using proper techniques for search and recovery. How you go about it, will be the difference between success and failure.

As a PADI Search & Recovery Diver Specialty Instructor you will teach your students effective ways to search for objects underwater that will increase your chance of success in finding missing objects.

You will also teach the various lift techniques used to safely bring objects of various sizes and shapes to the surface. Search and Recovery can be challenging but is also great fun.

Search & Recovery diving around Koh Tao

The different topography, depths and conditions on the dive sites around Koh Tao make this a perfect location for Search and Recovery divers. As a PADI Search & Recovery Diver Specialty Instructor you will conduct exercises with student divers that identify problems, hazards, and techniques used in search, navigation and lift techniques.

At a dive site suitable for this type of training you will conduct underwater search patterns using compass and natural navigation. Additionally, you will use lift bags and other recovery methods suited to raising various sized and shaped objects safely from the seabed. After completing this course, you will be the specialty instructor that everyone wants to dive with.

Who can enrol on the PADI Search & Recovery Diver Instructor Specialty course?

A renewed PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)

Note: IDC/OWSI candidates may participate in the PADI Search & Recovery Diver Instructor Specialty training course but may only apply for Specialty Instructor certification after passing an IE.

Search & Recovery Diver Specialty Instructors must have attended a training course taken by a PADI Course Director and demonstrated proof of experience prior to certification. This is a course exit requirement.

What you will learn

You will participate in the following sessions:

  • Present and be evaluated on a prescriptive presentation from the Search & Recovery Diver Specialty knowledge review
  • PADI Search & Recovery Diver Specialty standards, procedures and the curriculum
  • How to organise and conduct the PADI Search & Recovery Diver Specialty course
  • Open Water training sessions – where you will learn how to demonstrate, execute and evaluate the student level skills from the PADI Search & Recovery Diver Specialty course.

You will complete the open water training dives at one or more of the many local dive sites suitable for this type of training.

As a PADI Search & Recovery Diver Specialty Instructor you are certified to independently teach the PADI Search & Recovery Diver Specialty Course

Course Price: 3,000 THB

PADI Materials

Please bring the following materials with your PADI Specialty Course Instructor Manual. You received these as part of the IDC Crew Pack during your IDC.

In addition you will also need a copy of the PADI Instructor Manual. As of 2010, the Instructor manual is available as a free download for all PADI Members that are renewed from

Course Price: 3,000 THB

2018 PADI Fees  

PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty Instructor Course Application fee: A$101

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