The PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty course teaches you the joy of scuba diving by mounting cylinders on your sides. Sidemount gives you streamlining option
Diving with a side-mount configuration simply means that you carry your tanks at your sides instead of on your back. This can reduce back problems and it is more comfortable for many divers. Sidemount diving gives you flexibility and streamlining options. Plus, you don’t have to walk with heavy cylinders on your back – just enter the water, clip them on and go.
The PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty Course introduces you to side-mount techniques for recreational diving.
The side-mount configuration has tremendous adaptability and its many other advantages, such as less back strain or easier movements topside, have been embraced by the recreational diver of different experience levels.
You can sign up for the PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty Course if you are a PADI Open Water Diver and you are at least 15 years old.
Along with learning about the many benefits of diving with a side-mount configuration, during one confined water and three open water dives, you will learn how to:
Properly assemble and configure side mount scuba diving equipment.
Trim your weight system and side-mount gear so you are perfectly balanced in the water.
Manage gas by switching the second stages as planned if wearing two cylinders.
Problem management in a sidemount configuration.
Dive planning and gas management skills.
Options for entering and exiting the water with and without cylinders.
The duration of the PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty Course is 2 days.
You will want to use your own diving equipment, such as mask, fins, snorkel and exposure suit. Next to this, you will need standard side-mount equipment. It consists of:
A BCD usually in wing style with a harness and different tank attachment points.
Tanks attach at the hip and on the upper chest at armpit level on either side.
Most configurations use an elastic system to hold tanks in place, or clips that attach to chest D-rings.
One or two regulators with SPG’s to match the tanks and at least one must have low-pressure inflator hose that hooks into your BCD.
Feel the freedom to dive without the weight on your back and contact Undersea Adventures to take the PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty Course.
3 open water dives (2 days)
lunch, soft drinks, water, coffee, and tea onboard