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Search and Recovery

Search and Recovery
Want to learn effective search and safe recovery of underwater objects?

This two-day course teaches divers how to use the correct techniques and procedures required for search and recovery projects. It also provides practical experience of underwater search methods and the use of buoyancy to lift objects. Search and Recovery SDC covers DO4 in the Dive Leader syllabus and this element can be signed up after the course.

Entry requirement 
This course is open to BSAC Sports Divers or acceptable alternative.

What you’ll learn
The Search and Recovery course has a mix of classroom-based and practical lessons, teaching you about:
• the shotline and its uses
• search operations and techniques
• recovery operations and techniques

Learning materials
Your course pack includes all the learning materials you need for the course. The pack includes the Search and Recovery course manual and a Qualification Card application.

Recommended gear
The following recommended kit is available from the BSAC shop:
Large SMB Reel
Search and Recovery Package
More products to go with your Search and Recovery course
Lifting Bag?

How to do this course...

If you are a member:
You can do the Search and Recovery course either at a BSAC Regional Event, at a commercial BSAC Centre or in your BSAC club. Not all clubs run their own Search and Recovery courses, please check with your Diving Officer if you are interested.

If you are not a BSAC member:
You can do this course by joining a local BSAC club and training with other club members or through a BSAC Regional Event. Or you could do the course at a BSAC Centre.

Your next steps
After this course you could further your training by doing another Skill Development Courses (SDCs) such as the ones listed below. Or you could progress with a Diver Grade Course.
Buoyancy and Trim Workshop
Dive Planning and Management
Practical Rescue Management
Oxygen Administration
Lifesaver Award

Useful links
Find a club using the 'Find It' tool
Find a Search and Recovery course
Products that go with the Search and Recover Course

Search and Recovery SCUBA May 2012

Search and Recovery - Read the Scuba Article

The featured article covering the Search and Recovery Course from May 2012

Lift and Shift Jun 2016

Lift and Shift Jun 2016

The Art of the Lift and Shift SCUBA article June 2016