Search & Recovery Diving

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This course is bundled with Advanced Navigation. Click the "Book Now" button to reserve a spot in an upcoming class.

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. At East Coast Divers, this course is bundled with the Advanced Navigation Course for an attractive price!

Before Class

Before attending your class you will need to complete some paperwork. The forms will be emailed to you for your review and can be completed by DocuSign prior to your class.

Before enrolling in a class, you should take time to read and review the Diver Medical Statement Participant Questionnaire. The first page has If you have any YES answers on that page, review the associated section on the Diver Medical Statement | Participant Questionnaire Continued. If you have any YES responses on this form – you’ll just need to get a doctors’ sign-off on the Physicians Approval to Dive form before you can participate in ANY in-water activities. It’s important to note if a physician’s signature is required, only a medical doctor’s (MD) signature will be accepted.

This class also has a helpful online training component hosted by SSI. Please complete your online training prior to your classroom session. If you have not already registered with SSI, look for an email from You can access online training materials, certification cards, and more at or the MySSI app on your iPhone or Android.

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If you have any questions give us a call at the store on 617-277-2216 or shoot us an email

  • Students must be 12+ years old.
  • Only available for certified divers.
  • Clear medical history or MD sign-off if necessary.

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 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 total3 People $250 per person - $750 total
2 People $300 per person - $600 total4 People $210 per person - $840 total


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.

  • The student must provide their own Mask, Fins, and Snorkel, and Finger spool. All other equipment can be rented or is provided.
  • All SEARCH & RECOVERY DIVING specific equipment (search course & lift bags) is provided.

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*

  • One class session and one pool session
  • One day, two dives performing search procedures and object recovery
  • 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

Class Forms

Below you will find links to REQUIRED class forms. These forms must be reviewed in their entirety before participating in any ECDivers in-water program. Arrival to class with incomplete documents may result in a forfeiture of that class date. If you have any questions or need assistance in completing the class forms please email our training department at