Search & Recovery

Course of Search & Recovery in Tenerife

It’s been a good dive in less than optimal visibility. You and your buddy are making your way over to the boat when you hear a splash. “My mask!” The trail of small bubbles quickly disappears in the moderate current.

A couple of divers in the water behind you say, “Hey, We have plenty of air. We’ll go get it.” The distraught diver on the boat calls down, “But in this current and visibility, it could be anywhere by now.”

“No problem!” About 5 minutes later our heroes resurfaces, mask in hand. How are some divers able to find such things so easily? It’s all about the training.

The PADI Search And Recovery Specialty will give you the skills and confidence to be able to find submerged objects and safely bring them to the surface even in low-visibility situations. Your instructor will guide you in the procedures and techniques for organizing a search, utilizing effective underwater patterns and how to properly and safely secure lift devices. You’ll also learn how to defeat the problems posed by limited visibility as you practice low-visibility


  • Advanced Open Water Certification
  • Minimum age: 12 years old


You'll learn search and recovery dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and potential problems. You'll also cover limited visibility, search patterns and safe object recovery using lift devices. Learn the use of lift bag, rope, compass, knots, slate, marker buoy and finger spool.


  • PADI Search & Recovery Manual
  • Four ocean dives
  • PADI S&R Certification Card
  • Scuba Rentals


Please note there are regulations about flying or going to altitude after diving. Currently the rules state that for a single no decompression dive, you should not fly/go to altitude for at least 12 hours. For multiple dives you should not fly/go to altitude for at least 18 hours. Blue Bottom Diving recommends waiting a minimum 24 hours whenever possible. Altitude is 300m/1000ft above sea level. This includes going to the Teide, so be careful when you are booking tours to follow your dive course. Under normal circumstances, you should be out of the water on your last dive at 15pm (midday), this should help with organizing any travel plans you have after your dive trip with us.