SSI Search Recovery Specialty course

SSI Search Recovery Specialty Course

The SSI Search Recovery Specialty course is a very rewarding course. For instance, can you recall the dreadful feeling when you see your precious camera slowly sinking to the bottom of the sea?

What about that instance where you found something precious underwater which is to dense for you to lift? Or even to help a fellow diver to look for the dive computer he dropped on the previous dive?

A search and recovery specialty course changes you from that worried onlooker into a man with a plan. When a situation arises, you will have a clear search and recovery plan in your mind, and have the right technique to recover the said item.

Cliché apart, the search and recovery course is not meant for searching for a missing diver. That is the designation of the SSI Diver Stress and Rescue course. In this course, we focus in search patterns training to look for missing items and the use of buoyancy devices like a lift bag to bring it back to the surface.

What do you do and where do we teach you

SC-RECWe conduct the SSI Search Recover Specialty course in any body of open water. Usually, we conduct the course around the Racha Islands, where we have a nice sandy bottom.

We simulate the search of an item by dropping heavy objects such as a weighted device underwater before entry. You then use a directional indicator such as a compass to start a search pattern.

Upon discovery the whereabouts of the ‘missing’ item, you then recover it by lifting it up to the surface by a lift bag.

Your training divides into two main dives. The first focus on the search pattern training, because the second requires you to devise a plan to recover the item.

Who can enroll/start and what do you need


Minimum Age: 12
Certification Prerequisites: Open Water Diver
Academic Sessions: Online learning
Pool/Confined Water Sessions: 1 mandatory before open water dive
Open Water Dives: 2
Maximum Training Depth: Varies with age
Suggested Duration: 6 – 10 hours
Please refer to the SSI TRAINING STANDARDS for more detailed information


Your SSI search and recovery course is a 1 day course and we will conduct it on a normal day trip diving boat.

Search and recovery Diving Day Trip

course schedule
course schedule

07:15am Pickup from your Hotel

08:00am Departs from Chalong Pier to Racha Yai

10:00am First and second dive of the day. First dive is confined training in the shallows

01:00pm Lunch time

02:00pm Third dive of the day

03:00pm Departure from Racha

05:00pm Estimated time of arrival at Chalong Pier

How much does it cost and what is included in the price? and why Blue Label Diving?

We have over 8 year experience running a dive shop in Phuket. Our instructors are all tech divers and Dive Instructors. Some even technical diving instructors and Dive Medics.

We take diving serious but with a smile. We don’t care about quantity but QUALITY!

We teach in several languages such as: English, Chinese, French, German, Dutch, Malay, Thai etc.

As Blue Label do not like un-welcome surprises, we clearly list out what is included and what is not included in your course payment.

Book-Online-nowWe teach at an instructor to student ratio of 1:1. Or with your family or group of friends of course. Our max is 2 students per instructor. 

PRICE: 8'500thb - We recommend a Navigation Specialty before starting 
the Search and Recovery. 
One additional day with 2 dives.

Included: instructor fee, materials fee, equipment rental fee, pickups, breakfast and lunch, boat fee and Excluded: personal items (towels, sunblock etc.), dive computer rentals (300 baht), VAT

dive equipment set
dive equipment set

The Dive Equipment list

Below are the equipment included in the course package.

  1. Mask + Snorkel
  2. Fins (boots if required)
  3. Wetsuit/Skin Suit
  4. Regulator
  5. BCD + Weight System
  6. Compass
  7. SMB/Lift Bag

Whats next?

This course opens up a path to: