PADI Search & Recovery Specialty Diver Course

Develop the techniques involved in systematically locating and retrieving lost articles. Not only are these skills fun, but very practical and ultimately useful. Find small-medium objects within recreational depths & environments with the PADI Search & Recovery Specialty Diver Course!

The 2 day PADI Search & Recovery Specialty Diver Course is designed to teach effective ways to find objects underwater and bring them to the surface. Small, large or just awkward, there is a way to bring them up.

Day 1

08:00 – 3:30pm
You’ll complete 2 Search & Recovery dives, searching areas of 15m x 15m to find a small object, 30 x 30m, and 18m x 18m to locate an object up to 10kgs in weight when negatively buoyant. You’ll tie a bowline, sheet bend and two half-hitches and surface the object using a lift bag.


Day 2

08:00 – 15:30
You’ll complete 2 further Search & Recovery dives, searching an area of 60m x 60m using the Jackstay pattern, then rig and surface said object. For your final dive you’ll organize, plan and conduct a search & recovery dive -choosing the appropriate pattern and lift method based on facts presented before the dive.


  • Age 12+
  • Must be at least Open Water Diver with Navigator Specialty or an Advanced Diver
  • 2 Days
  • In Good HealthNot suffering from a cold or ear infection, and meet PADI Course Health Requirements.

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PADI Search & Recovery Specialty, Age 12+, 2-days

13,400 THB    


Why Choose Scubafish?

What languages can I learn in?

We run fully supported PADI dive courses in:

  • English
  • German
  • Swedish
  • French

Course materials (DVDs, manuals, quizzes & exams) are available in many other languages allowing us to run the following semi-supported courses:

  • Danish
  • Norwegian
  • Finnish
  • Thai
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Dutch
  • Japanese
  • Chinese
  • other languages available on request

What's included in the price?

The PADI Search & Recovery Specialty Diver Course costs 13,400 THB and includes:

  • Free transfers to & from any Lanta resort
  • Small groups (max 4 per Instructor)
  • The lastest PADI course materials & manuals
  • PADI certification fees (incl. digital photos)
  • Dive equipment rental
  • Dive compass and lift-bag rental
  • Waterproof zip bag
  • Free Scubafish T-Shirt

When you are out on the dive boats we also include:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Drinking water
  • Iced Coffee
  • Fruit juices
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Tea & coffee
  • Fresh fruit
  • Towels

Optional Extras:

  • Private Instructor – 2,000 THB p/day
  • Extra Course Dive x1 – 3,700 THB
  • Extra Course Dive x2 – 5,200 THB

Additional Fees:

National Marine Park Entry Fees:

600 B p/dayHigh Season only (November-April)


Become a PADI Search & Recovery Specialty Diver:

  • Lifetime license to dive anywhere in the world
  • Worldwide recognition
  • Learn useful underwater search patterns
  • Learn to use underwater lift-bags safely
13,400 THB

How often do courses run?

Courses start every day, at around 08.00. You can book now, or come in to see see us while you’re on holiday in Ko Lanta. We offer free transfers to and from your resort in Ko Lanta for any of our dive courses or daily dive trips.

How long does each dive last?

It depends how long it takes you to breathe one tank of Air. The greater depths and pressures that we dive to, the quicker we will use our air. Often in the deep diver course your dives will be limited by your no decompression limits more than air consumption. Your air tends to last longer the more relaxed you are and the less you exert yourself underwater.

What's the next step?

Becoming a certified PADI Search & Recovery Specialty Diver is only the start!

Your next step may be to complete a further 4 PADI Specialty Courses – 5 PADI Specialties allows you to apply to be a Master Scuba Diver, the highest non-professional level in recreational diving!

Or perhaps you just feel like making some dives for fun! Scubafish is ideally located in the South of Ko Lanta to offer shorter journey times on daily dive trips to some of the best dive sites in Thailand.

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What will I learn in the PADI Search & Recovery Specialty Diver Course?

The 2 day course consists of two main areas which include academic training via self-study sessions, and 4 open water deep dives:


Self-study: You’ll gain the knowledge, dive theory principles and basic information required to make your S&R diving safe and fun. You’ll learn about the potential hazards, visibility, bottom topography considerations employed when searching for a submerged object. You’ll also be introduced to knot-tying and a variety of search patterns appropriate for different search areas.

PADI courses are designed to help you learn in the way that’s best for you. Courses combine visual, reading, writing and practical learning techniques to ensure you really understand each section.

During the days out on the boat and 4 Search & Recovery Dives you’ll practice a range of search patterns over different sized areas to locate lost objects of varying sizes.

Once located you will tie knots, rig and then lift these objects to the surface (using lift bags where appropriate).

Scuba Diver - Day Out on the Boat



PADI Course Health Requirements

You must complete and sign the PADI Medical Statement, which includes a medical-history section, to enrol in PADI scuba training programs. A positive response to a question does not necessarily disqualify you from diving but indicates a pre-existing condition that may affect your safety while diving. Your doctor would be required to complete the PADI Medical Statement & Guidelines for Recreational Scuba Diver’s Physical Examination on your behalf in this instance. PADI - the way the world learns to dive

Are there additional charges?

Additional Fees:

National Marine Park Entry Fees: – 600 B p/dayHigh Season only (November-April)


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PADI Search & Recovery Specialty Course, Age 12+, 2-days

13,400 THB    

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