Specialty Search & Recovery

Here you will learn how to search and rescue under water.

Training content

In the Search & Recovery specialty , you will learn about the various search methods and tools and the conditions under which search dives can be carried out. You will also learn about the dangers of such dives and the importance of environmental protection.

Theoretical training

  • Why Search & Recovery?
  • Requirements for participants and equipment
  • Basics of navigation (longitude and latitude, sea and land charts) and location determination
  • Search aids (compass, lines, carabiners, search poles, etc.)
  • Search methods, search with leash, leash signals, other search methods
  • Equipment for UW search with line guide
  • Dangers when searching underwater (visibility, psyche, pollution, obstacles, current, ship traffic, handling of additional equipment, etc.)
  • Search aids (trawl board, underwater scooter, lines, chains, anchors, magnets, echo sounder, magnetometer, sonar, metal detector, video camera, etc.)
  • Rescue and lifting with vest or BCD and buoyancy compensator (application, calculation of buoyancy and air consumption, suction forces)
  • Dangers when recovering with buoyancy aids
  • Environmental protection and behavior when archaeological or dangerous objects are found
  • Demarcation from the professional diver sector

Practical training

  • Dive with location determination from the diver (Ascend, bearing)
  • UW search with increasing squares
  • UW search with line (various methods)
  • Attach object to lifting bag under water, then lift and recover


  • Minimum age 12 years old
  • Proof of health status
  • Proof of Open Water Diver or comparable
  • For minors, a declaration of consent from a parent or legal guardian is required