drop something in the water? Looking for
Have you ever dropped anything into the water and wondered the best method to find the object? Are you a treasure hunter and looking to explore the bottom in more detail?
The PADI Search and Recovery Specialty course is a great way to learn underwater navigation and search techniques to cover all eventualities of good or limited visibility. Students also learn how to rig and attach an object to a lift bag as well as the most effective and safe way in which to lift the object to the surface.
The PADI Search and Recovery course is one of the most fun and action packed of all the specialty programmes and is also the most useful if you ever drop anything valuable over the side of the boat!
As this course invoves 4 Open Water dives we ususally conduct this course on one of our regular weekend trips to Stoney Cove. As well as the four dives there is also a classroom elemet which can be done either at Stoney or more ususally one evening before the course starts.
Topics covered include:
- The planning, organisation, procedures, problems, and hazards of search and recovery diving
- Limited-visibility diving and underwater navigation techniques
- Proper techniques and safety considerations for object location including the use of various search patterns, lines and reels
- Proper techniques and safety considerations for recovery of objects using various lifting devices.
Another point about search and recovery is that it is directly and indirectly rewarding. It's directly rewarding because it's a fun challenge and something different to do underwater, like a treasure hunt or beach clean up. It's indirectly rewarding when your search has a specific purpose, such as retrieving an elderly person's lost prescription sunglasses or the brand new wide angle camera lens accidentally dropped over the side. And, it goes without saying that if you dive for long enough, you'll have to search for something that you or a fellow diver accidentally drops in the deep.
Besides learning how to search, if the object is too big to swim topside, you also need to learn ways to safely raise it to the surface. You learn both search patterns and how to recover objects in the PADI Search and Recovery Diver course. You will use what you learn not just once, but many times over.