PADI Search & Recovery

The Course

If you fancy doing some treasure hunting then the PADI Search & Recovery specialty is for you! This course will teach you the techniques of locating objects underwater and then bringing them to the surface. During your four open water dives you will improve your navigation skills and search for both large and small objects. Having found them, your job will be to safely bring them to the surface. A fun course and a fantastic way to improve your general diving skills.

This certification will enable you to find and lift lost objects and counts towards your Master Scuba Diver rating.

Course Outline

After some self study using the PADI Search & Recovery manual you will complete four dives, over a weekend, with your PADI instructor.

You will complete four Open Water dives along with some practice on dry land. During the course you will try various search patterns, tying knots and using lift bags as well as planning effective dives.

Course Duration & Schedules

Having completed the self study from the course manual you will complete your four open water dives at Capernwray (near Lancaster) over a weekend.  Open Water dives for this course are currently scheduled on the following dates:

  • April: Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd
  • October: Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st

New Horizons aims to be flexible with arranging courses to suit your schedule. Please contact us to book on to one of the scheduled dates or to arrange an alternative to suit you (small supplements may apply for midweek sessions).

This course can also be completed while on a NHDC trip; talk to us about your options for completing this course at a time & date to suit.



£40 supplement payable if drysuit pool training is required

Discounts available if completed on a NHDC trip


  • PADI Underwater Search & Recovery manual
  • Full Equipment Hire including specialist search & recovery equipment
  • Instruction
  • Air Fills
  • PADI Certification fees

Not Included

  • Travel and entry fees (about £17 per day) to the open water site


Ability: PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification (or equivalent).

Minimum age: 12 years old.

Medical: You need to be in good health and reasonably fit, all students will need to fill in a PADI Medical Statement prior to participation.

To Book

Contact us to answer any questions and to confirm availability. Please complete a Course Booking Form (which may be downloaded and returned as an email attachment) and Medical Statement (which must be printed and completed by hand), returning the statement to us by post, in person or as a scanned copy. We will confirm your place on the course once we have received the completed forms.

Please return both forms to us no later than 2 weeks before your preferred course start date.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact us or call in to the dive centre.