Sidemount diving has its origins in cave diving, by taking the tanks off of their backs and placing them along the side of their body tec divers were able to reduce their profile and gain access to some very tight spots, wreck divers also saw the advantages in this, more recently it has found it’s way into open water diving.
About Sidemount Diving
Over the years Sidemount has found its way into open water tec and now recreational diving. In addition to the advantages it gives to cave and wreck divers having your tanks in front of you also provides extra gas, streamlining, the ability to identify and potential to fix any problems with your life supporting equipment, less strain on your back and easier transportation of your gear, two tanks are most definitely better than one!
Want to try a scuba dive with two tanks along your side? Discover Sidemount is your opportunity to try this new configuration without committing to a full training program. If you decide you like it you can credit this experience to your recreational or technical sidemount course.
In this 2 hour experience your instructor will assemble your equipment for you, deliver a full briefing on its function and guide you on an open water dive on our house reef directly off the beach. Participants need to be certified as open water divers or higher and be 15 years or older.
With two tanks along your side your side, and the extra gas in them, you can spend less time worrying about how much you breath, equipment failure and streamlining, just relax and concentrate on enjoying your dive.
This PADI program trains divers to use a sidemount configuration for recreational, non decompression, diving. During this course you will learn how to configure sidemount equipment for use with either one or two cylinders. The training covers the use of both purpose built sidemount kit and adapted backmount dive gear.
This is a four dive course available to open water divers and higher who are at least 15 years of age, you may also combine this with you adventures in diving or advanced open water course.
This course is suitable for recreational divers or certified tec divers. Many divers say that once they have tried sidemount diving they don’t want to return to a backmount configuration. It’s easy to understand why, less weight on your back, easy access to all the tank valves, faster responses to underwater emergencies and access to tight restrictions such as caves or wrecks sidemount diving is fast becoming the number one choice for tec divers.
During the PADI Tec Sidemount Diver course you will learn all you need to know about sidemount equipment setup with both purpose built, and adapted backmount gear, dive with 4 to 6 tanks, prepare for common diving emergencies and simulate several accelerated decompression dives, a great refresher for existing tec divers or a good introduction for non tec divers.
The Tec sidemount certification compliments your existing training, allowing you to use sidemount within the limits of your other certifications.
This a 5 dive program, typically conducted over 2 to 3 days, available to candidates with an advanced open water certification or higher, 30 logged dives and at least 18 years of age.
Rates for Sidemount Diving Courses
Please find prices and rates for recreational and tec sidemount courses here