Search and Recovery

Search and Recovery

As a diver, you may be asked to find an object underwater and bring it to the surface. You or someone else may drop something from a boat or lose something upon entering the water from a boat. Boats swing in an arc on the mooring line and objects (other than weights) do not drop straight to the bottom.

In this course you will learn and practice a variety of tried-and-true search patterns suitable for a wide variety of environments. The next question is, how do you get it there safely? This course is designed to teach you this as well.

After this certification, you should be able to select and perform an appropriate and basic search pattern to locate and then possibly salvage the item.

Divers should not attempt to retrieve objects weighing more than ten pounds without the proper use of a lift bag. Do not use your BC as a lift bag.

Our indoor pool is extremely well suited for learning everything from rigging to lifting. You get to play with lift bags (trickier than it appears) and recover “treasure.” Laugh at yourself and have fun.

Then again, if you one day use these skills to recover actual treasure, no one will be laughing…



This course has the following prerequisites:

  • Be at least 15 years old.
  • Possess a minimum of Open Water Diver certification.
  • Be able to either answer No to all of the questions on the RSTC Medical History form, or secure a physician’s approval prior to taking part.



This course consists of two classroom/pool sessions. If you would like to receive a Specialty Diver certification for this course, you must also complete two open-water training dives. Your instructor will have details.



All training takes place right here at Harry’s Dive Shop. We are among the few dive centers in the country with our own indoor, heated swimming pool. This 16-foot-deep pool was designed specifically for diver training. It provides unbeatable convenience and enjoyment.



This course takes just two evenings. Choose from Wednesday, Tuesday/Thursday or all-day-Saturday schedules. Each session meets from 6:00 until approximately 9:30 pm. Available staring dates include:

  • Tuesday, January 23, 2018
  • Wednesday, April 4, 2018
  • Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • Thursday, December 6, 2018

Classes require a minimum of three people to run as scheduled. If fewer than three people sign up, we reserve the right to either cancel the class or impose a $100 uncharge.

Please be aware that, while we make every effort to keep our listings accurate and up to date, you should always call the store to confirm starting dates and times.

How Much?

How Much?

The cost of this program is $395 and includes:

  • All instruction.
  • Self-study materials.

Students are responsible for supplying:

  • Personal diving equipment (see list below).
  • Certification card processing.

Your instructor will have details and costs for the optional open-water training dives.

Required Equipment


students are responsible for supplying the following:

  • Mask, snorkel, fins.
  • Weight system, weights.
  • Adequate exposure protection.
  • One cylinder.*
  • Buoyancy Control Device (BC).*
  • Regulator/alternate air source.*

*If you do not own these items, you can use ones from the rental department at Harry’s Dive Shop for the pool session.

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