Search & Recovery

If you want to learn how to recover lost items underwater with ease, the SSI Search & Recovery Specialty program is perfect for you. You’ll learn all you need to safely and confidently conduct search and recovery dives and communicate underwater, so you can find lost items with ease. Become a search and recovery diver now and be the dive buddy everyone wants by their side.

Facts and Training Standards

Make lost items a thing of the past with the SSI Search & Recovery Specialty program. In this fascinating program, you’ll learn all the skills you need to safely and confidently conduct search and recovery dives. You’ll be taught how to use search patterns, specialized dive plans and underwater communication skills and you’ll practice using new equipment like lift bags, lines and reels. By developing your search techniques and practicing searches in a dive team, you’ll become a confident search and rescue diver during this program. Upon completion, you’ll earn the SSI Search & Recovery Specialty certification.

Minimum Age for Participation 15
Available as Junior Program Yes
Minimum Age (Junior Program) Not applicable / mandatory
Certification Prerequisites Not applicable / mandatory
Amount of Academic Sessions 4
Amount of Pool/Confined Water Sessions 1
Amount of Open Water Dives 2
Maximum Training Depth 30m / 100ft
Suggested Duration of the Training Program 10 - 15 h



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