Age + 15 YRS
Duration 3 DAYS
Price €270

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 are greatly improved, as cylinders can be moved around to suit your needs.

What will you learn?

Discuss the configurations of a side-mount set-up, side-mount BCD’s and the benefits of diving side-mount, along with learning:

  • How to properly assemble and configure side-mount 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 side-mount 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 side-mount diving, also regulators with SPG’s

What learning material do you require?

  • The Padi Side-mount 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 side-mount 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


Three days

  • Knowledge development sessions
  • One confined water dive
  • Three Open water dives

Cost €270.00

  • Includes Padi Side-mount Manual and PADI certification
  • Transport to and from the dive site
  • Includes Equipment

What is your next step?

Experience the comfort of Sidemount Diving now! Enrol in this course now at

Check out the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating, with five specialities you can join this highly-rated scuba diver level.

Or check out the PADI Cavern Course and put your side-mount skills into practice

Remember, the first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your PADI Instructor about earning credit

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