Having scuba cylinders on your back isn’t the only way of exploring the underwater world. Many divers have discovered the benefits of mounting cylinders on their sides with the PADI Sidemount Diver course.
Sidemount diving is becoming increasingly popular amongst recreational scuba divers. Although it is rooted in cave diving, plenty of open water divers are switching to sidemount configurations because of the following benefits.
Almost the same freedom of movement and mobility as a freediver.
Increased comfort, especially for those with back issues.
No need to carry the tank(s) on your back whilst walking to the dive site.
You are more streamlined in the water, this helps in improving buoyancy control.
This configuration provides you with easier access to your valve(s), 1st stage(s), manometer(s) and alternate air source in event of an emergency.
With 2 cylinders you have more redundant gas, in case of emergency. More gas supply to plan your dive profile with. Because of this, and the fact you are more streamlined, you will endure less stress and be able to do longer dives.
Ready for a change to PADI Sidemount Diver? Book your sidemount course now or enroll in our Xtend on Sidemount Internship option.
You must be, minimum age of 15 years.
Certified as a PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent.
In the theory session you will learn in detail about the many benefits and correct methods, of diving with a sidemount configuration.
There is 1 confined water and 3 open water sidemount dives where you will learn how to:
Properly assemble and configure sidemount scuba diving equipment.
Trim your weight system and sidemount gear so you’re perfectly balanced in the water.
Manage your gas supply by switching second stages as planned, if wearing two cylinders.
Respond correctly to potential problems when sidemount diving.
The complete PADI Sidemount Diver course takes 3 days.
Free transfer from hotel to the dive center.
Free transport from the dive center to dive site.
1 confined open water dive.
3 open water dives.
PADI Sidemount Diver Manual.
Temporary use of course materials.
Scubapro Sidemount equipment rental.
Scubapro dive equipment rental.
Cylinder refills during the course.
PADI Sidemount Diver certificate.
An ideal course to combine with the PADI Sidemount diver course, would be our PPB – PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course, if you choose this option we offer the PADI Sidemount diver course for 279 euro instead of 319 euro.
Basically all you need is your Dive certificate, logbook, swimsuit and a towel.
Harry Bakker, PADI Master and Sidemount Instructor preparing for an Ice dive in Sidemount configuration at 1400 meter altitude in the Carpathian Mountains – Romania.