The PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty course offers a scuba diver the chance to dive with two cylinders with flexible options. Sidemount diving increased in popularity throughout the past few years around Europe. This art of diving offers you a different streamlining option and added flexibility. As a result, you just might find side-mount diving more comfortable when exploring the underwater world. Side-mounted cylinders can relieve back pressure problems and provide more comfort whilst diving. Often Sidemount divers are technical divers but it is also a recreational scuba diving sport.
Who should take this course?
To explore the underwater world doesn’t always mean having to carry scuba cylinders on your back. The PADI Sidemount course allows you to discover the joy of diving with cylinders clipped to your side, allowing options to pass through narrow crevices, or below lower lying rocks. All cylinders are attached in the water, walking with heavy equipment is not required. Streamlining and flexibility is greatly improved, as cylinders can be moved around to suit your needs.
What will you learn?
Discuss the configurations of a sidemount set-up, sidemount BCD’s and the benefits of diving sidemount, along with learning:
How to properly assemble and configure sidemount scuba diving equipment
About potential problems and how to handle them
Managing and plan gas switching of the second stages, if carrying two cylinders
Weighting and trimming correctly will give you a perfect balance in the water
What scuba gear you will use?
You will use your own mask, fins, snorkel and exposure suit
If you have your own sidemount equipment you may bring this along and we will schedule a rig configuration session with one of our PADI Instructors
BCD and harness configurated to sidemount diving, also regulators with SPG’s
What learning material do you require?
The Padi Sidemount and Tec Sidemount Diver Manual
You may wish to read the first chapter before meeting your Instructor to review any key points. This will allow you to be better prepared before using your sidemount equipment.
Participants must be 15 years of age, or older
Minimum PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent from another training agency
Participants under the age of 18 years must have parent or guardian consent
Complete a diver medical questionnaire declaring you are in good physical health