Project Description

We are Boston's premier diving education center for Search & Recovery Diving Classes and other scuba lessons in Massachusetts and New England!

About The Course:


The Search & Recovery Course is designed for divers looking to expand their navigation skills by compass, line navigation and advanced search patterns. These techniques are optimal for search procedures. Six specific search techniques will be discussed and practiced to always have the best search to use in any situation. Recovery tools will also be reviewed including proper line handling techniques and how to choose the right reel for the job. Lift bags are the general tool of the trade to bring objects to the surface that are too heavy to safely lift on your own. We have a large assortment of lift bags to discuss selection, attachment, and lifting techniques. For the final evaluation, you will perform the different searches in the water as you navigate between different checkpoints until you find the last item that will need to be lifted to the surface using the lift bag techniques discussed in class. Search and recovery training includes a class session at the shop, a pool session and then dives on a later day. This course can also be combined with the Advanced Navigation Course.

This course only runs from May - October.

Please use the link in the right-side column to signup and schedule or you can sign up and schedule in-person, over the phone or via email.

Before Class

Before your Search & Recovery Course, there is a bit of paperwork you’ll have to fill out. This program requires a minimum of 5 distinct forms. You can find the forms below and complete them ahead of your pool session, most important is the “SCUBA – MEDICAL FORM“. Go through the medical form now and check to see if you need to answer “YES” to any of the questions. If so no big deal – you’ll just need to get a doctors’ sign-off before we can let you in the water. The doctors’ note is in the additional “PHYSICIAN'S RELEASE” file – along with guidelines for your physician. Remember if you answer “YES” to anything in the medical it is NECESSARY to get a doctors’ note BEFORE getting in the water. It’s also important to note if a physician's signature is required, only a medical doctor's (MD) signature will be accepted.






Additional forms as required:



The Search & Recovery Diving Course has 3 components - classroom, pool, and open water dives. There is one classroom session, one pool session, and two open water dives though this course is often done in conjunction with advanced navigation which will add a third dive. To do both courses together you'll have to sign up on the advanced navigation page. Please check the schedule before signing up to make sure you will be able to make the classes ahead of time.

Please use the link in the right-side column to signup or you can sign up and schedule in-person, over the phone or via email.


The class training will take place at:

East Coast Divers, 213 Boylston Street, Brookline MA


and the pool training is located at the:

Brookline Town Pool – 60 Tappan St., Brookline MA


The, minimum of, 2 open water dives will happen over 1 or more days and the locations will be weather and situationally dependent. These dives often happen as shore dives though there are some boat dive options. Directions to the, most likely, meeting points can be found on our "DIRECTIONS" page.

Private Courses

Interested in a private? We got you covered! Sign-up today!

Private courses are set up slightly differently than regular advanced Search & Recovery diving courses. The beginning process is the same – you’ll still be required to fill out the same paperwork but you won’t be tethered to our schedule. Instead, you can find out whenever works best for you and let us know so we can get the sessions scheduled – we can even schedule your pool training outside our normal pool hours*. Make sure to let us know in advance, as we have to rent the pool and make sure it doesn’t conflict with any other activities going on that day. If you do use the pool when we have it rented that’s perfect! There will be other people in the pool but you (or your group) will be working privately with your instructor.

*Additional fees (such as pool rental fees) may apply

Private Scheduling is done through Kim and Max in our training department at They will be in contact within 24 hours of any inquiries. If you need to contact us sooner please call us at 617-277-2217.

Private Pricing:

1 Person $390 per person - $390 total 3 People $250 per person - $750 total
2 People $300 per person - $600 total 4 People $210 per person - $840 total


~Please reference the “BEFORE CLASS” tab for required paperwork~

Equipment & Gear Rentals

The Search & Recovery Diving course has an in-water portion that requires a full set of gear. If you have your own gear, we suggest making plans to carry all of that gear along with you. If not, rental equipment can be arranged but MUST be reserved ahead of time.

Availability fills quickly and spots are not guaranteed! We recommend registering and reserving rental equipment at least 2 WEEKS IN ADVANCE!

*We require that students have their own specialty-specific gear for several of our courses. This equipment is necessary for the type of diving that you will be embarking upon during, and post certification. Please refer to the prerequisites section below for a list of the gear you will need to own for this course. We offer a 10% discount to all of our students who purchase the required equipment for the class through us as well as our famed 60 day return policy that will ensure that you are happy with everything that you buy. We appreciate your support of your local dive shop, which allows us to continue operations and offer the services that we do today****

If you need to rent any gear other than that listed in the prerequisites, you can do so with us below! For anything else check out the our rental page

Searching Availability...


  • 12 Years or older.
  • Only available for certified divers.
  • Clear medical history or MD sign-off if necessary.
  • Student must provide their own Mask, Fins and Snorkel & Finger spool. All other equipment can be rented or is provided.
  • All SEARCH & RECOVERY DIVING specific equipment (search course & lift bags) is provided.

What's Included:

  • One class session and one pool session
  • 2 dives performing search procedures and object recovery. Typically completed in 1 day.
  • Internationally trained / certified instructor
  • Agency approved on-line course work.
  • Performance of skills such as line handling techniques, multiple search procedures, Proper lift bag deployment as well as all the other essential safety information and more.
  • All search & recovery specific equipment other than those listed in the prerequisites.
  • This program will cover the following skills: SEARCH & RECOVERY DIVING SKILL CARD

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