This module provides a broad range of taught and research information related to marine search, including tidal movements, behaviour of water columns, range of water-based search environment, introduction to SONAR technologies, dive search methods and boat-based visual searching techniques. It considers the formation and nature of a range of water environments and how these will impact on a range of search techniques. The behaviour and decomposition of bodies in water will also be considered. 


At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus

Course structure

Lectures, Group Work, Practical (Operation Blue Chaplain), Blended learning

What you will learn

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Assess the forms and responses of bodies of water to the introduction of a search target.
  • Interpret the nature and form of data derived from a range of water-based specialist search techniques.
  • Create and adapt an appropriate specialist search strategy encompassing the challenges posed by a range of water environments
  • Examine the role of health and safety challenges posed by a range of water-based environments.

Core content

  • Health and safety in water-based environments.
  • Introduction to a range of water-based and wetland environments.
  • Tidal and fluvial flow.
  • Water column dynamics and water pressure.
  • Pressure-related deaths and dive post mortems.
  • SONAR technology.
  • Water-based dog-assisted searches
  • Body handling in water environments.
  • Case studies

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