Search & Recovery Diver Specialty Course in Denver


The A-1 Search & Recovery Diver Program

Why take this course?

Have you ever dropped something in the water? Are you looking for lost treasure? The A-1 scuba Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course will teach you effective ways to find objects underwater and bring them to the surface.


What You’ll Learn

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What will I do?

Your Search & Recovery Diving adventure starts by completing the 4 sessions in your online learning. Next, there will be a classroom session to answer any questions you may have about the material, clarify important points, discuss the open water dives and take your final exam. During the pool sessions, you will learn search and recovery dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques, solutions to potential problems, search patterns, and safe object recovery using lift devices. Finally, during your 2 open water dives, you will put into action the skills you have learned.

How long will it take?

  • Academic Session: 1-2 hours
  • Pool Session: 3 hours
  • Minimum Open Water Training: two dives (included in course fee)

What will I need?

  • SSI Search & Recovery online manual (included in course fee)
  • Dive computer; or depth gauge, timing device, and diving tables (computers can be rented)
  • Dive slate (optional, but highly recommended)
  • Surface Signal Buoy and Finger Reel (optional, but highly recommended)

Prerequisites and Forms

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  • Show proof of being an SSI Referral diver, Open Water diver or hold an equivalent certification from another recognized training agency.
    • Unfortunately, you will not be able to participate in the program without showing the A-1 professional proof of certification.
    • While you may register for the specialty course as a Referral Diver, you must complete your open water certification dives before you can complete any specialty course dives.
  • Be at least 12 years old
  • Have a MySSI account.  Be sure to upload a digital photo to your account and enter a complete address. (You’ll need this in order to access your online learning material.)

The A-1 instructor will collect the following (completed) documents at the beginning of the first session.  Unfortunately, participants will not be able to continue until the instructor has reviewed them for accuracy.

  • The RSTC Diver Medical/Participant Questionnaire Form is extremely important.
  • If you answer YES to questions 3, 5, or 10 on page 1 of the Diver Medical form or to ANY of the questions on page 2, you will need to sign and date the Participant’s Signature on page 1 AND take all three pages of the Participant Questionnaire and Physician’s Evaluation Form to your physician for a medical evaluation. Your physician must approve, date, and sign the form to include an MD or DO with their signature.  We are not permitted to accept the signature of a PA or Nurse Practitioner. 
  • There  are two questions related to COVID-19 – If you answer them with a YES, “A PHYSICIAN’S MEDICAL EVALUATION IS REQUIRED.”  You must make sure the physician signing the form checks the “Approval” box on page three of the form and adds their medical credential MD or DO after their name. There are NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • Unfortunately, we’ll not be able to begin the water session until all of the documents have been completed, collected, and reviewed for accuracy.

Search & Recovery Diver


You have three great options from which to choose. Be sure to ask about our Specialty Bundle packages!

Click to view inclusions and exclusions at Homestead Crater

Course Includes:

  • Academic Session to review material and take final exam
  • 1 Pool dive and skills review in the A-1 pool
  • 2 Open Water training dives
  • Use of scuba equipment for pool session
  • Use of snorkeling equipment for pool session (we recommend you use your own if you have it)
  • Use of compass, lines, lift bags and signal buoys during open water dives
  • Tanks and weights for open water dives

Does not include:

  • Scuba Equipment (BCD, regulator, gauges) for open water dives. These items can be rented.
  • Snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, booties) for open water dives. You will need to provide these.
  • Swimsuit, towel and personal hygiene items
  • Permit, transportation, lodging or meals
Click to view inclusions and exclusions at Blue Hole

Course Includes:

  • Academic Session to review material and take final exam.
  • 1 Pool dive and skills review in the A-1 pool
  • 2 Open Water training dives
  • Use of scuba equipment for pool session
  • Use of snorkeling equipment for pool session (we recommend you use your own if you have it)
  • Use of compass, lines, lift bags and signal buoys during open water dives
  • Tanks and weights for open water dives

Does not include:

  • Scuba Equipment (BCD, regulator, gauges, wet suit) for open water dives. These items can be rented.
  • Snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, booties) for open water dives. You will need to provide these.
  • Swimsuit, towel and personal hygiene items
  • Parking, permit, transportation, lodging or meals
Click to view inclusions and exclusions at Chatfield Gravel Pond

Course Includes:

  • Academic Session to review material and take final exam.
  • 1 Pool dive and skills review in the A-1 pool
  • 2 Open Water training dives
  • Use of scuba equipment for pool session
  • Use of snorkeling equipment for pool session (we recommend you use your own if you have it)
  • Use of compass, lines, lift bags and signal buoys during open water dives
  • Tanks and weights for open water dives

Does not include:

  • Scuba Equipment (BCD, regulator, gauges, wet suit) for open water dives. These items can be rented.
  • Snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, booties) for open water dives. You will need to provide these.
  • Swimsuit, towel and personal hygiene items
  • Park permit, transportation, lodging or meals

HOMESTEAD CRATER
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At the Homestaed Crater in Utah
BLUE HOLE
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At the Blue Hole in Santa Rosa, NM
CHATFIELD
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Close and convenient at the Chatfield gravel pond
E-KIT ONLY
$75
Digital Online Materials
  • Search & Recovery Course digital online manual
  • Free updates for life
  • Free digital online Snorkel Diver manual
  • Free digital online Try Freediving manual
  • Free digital online Try Scuba manual
  • Free digital Blue Oceans program

 

Please note: Cancelling less than one week before the starting date will result in a forfeit of your course fee.

Where can I go from here?

Once you complete four SSI specialties and digitally log 24 dives you will automatically be sent your digital Level 3/Advanced Diver Recognition card.  There is no charge for this certification recognition.