Search and Recovery Diver

Search and Recovery Diver Specialty Course

Although this course teaches some highly specialized techniques, they can come in really handy on occasion as it is common to drop and lose objects in the sea. The Search and Recovery Course consists of four open water dives and a theory module. Emphasis is placed on various swimming search patterns using a compass and natural navigation, use of reels and lines, locating hidden objects, tying knots under water, using a liftbag to retrieve heavy objects, and overall mission planning. This course is demanding, but very rewarding.

Duration: 2 days

Prerequisites: Advanced Open Water certification


  • ¥ 33000 - 4 shore dives
  • ¥ 43000 - 4 boat dives
Where we will dive

The exact diving locations for the Search & Recovery scuba diving course are subject to the weather conditions and your preference.

We usually do the shore dives at Cape Maeda (Blue Cave), Sunabe (Chatan), or Motobu (Gorilla Chop).

If you prefer to do some of the dives from a boat, we can take you to Cape Manza (Onna Village), Kerama Islands, or Minna Island.

Getting to the dive sites

We offer free pick-up service from hotels in Onna, Yomitan and Chatan. Pick-ups from other locations are also possible upon request. Please inquire.

Please note that the Search & Recovery diving course can be tiring. In order to minimize travel and give you more time to rest, we would recommend that you find accommodation in Onna Village or Chatan for the duration of the course.

† Gear rental is not included in the price. You can rent a full set for ¥ 4000 for the duration of the course and a partial set at a reduced rate.
‡ It is possible to select a different number of boat dives during a course than the ones indicated above. In that case the price will be adjusted accordingly.
§ When combining dives from a course with fun dives on a single day, every fun dive is charged as follows - ¥ 4000 per boat dive and ¥ 3000 per beach dive.

Why stop here?

Check out our Enriched Air (Nitrox) course. Diving on nitrox (a gas mixture containing a higher percentage of oxygen than regular air) does require special training, yet it is a simple and valuable skill that is worth having for divers of all levels.

You can also choose among several other specialty courses. We highly recommend Deep Diving as it teaches you skills that you cannot pick up informally.

If you have more than 100 logged dives under your belt, bring your diving to the next level with the Self-Reliant Specialty we offer. This course is a lot of fun and will open up your eyes to see the challenges and safety aspects of scuba diving from a completely new angle.