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PADI Sidemount Diver

Having scuba tanks on your back isn’t a requirement for exploring the underwater world. Many scuba divers have discovered the joy of mounting cylinders on their sides. 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.

PADI’s Sidemount Diver specialty is the perfect course for any diver wishing to use this increasingly popular equipment configuration.  It teaches divers how to safely utilize side-mounted primary cylinders as an alternative to the traditional back-mounted method.

Along with learning about the many benefits of diving with a sidemount configuration, during one confined water and three open water scuba dives you’ll 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 gas by switching second stages as planned
  • Respond correctly to potential problems when sidemount diving
  • Equipment considerations
  • Attaching cylinders
  • Deployment of surface marker buoy / lift bag
  • Different water entries
  • Video feedback on trim and positioning


What can you expect?

We will start off bycustomizing your sidemount rig to your body and your style of diving (overhead vs open water). While there are some great sidemount rigs on the market today, none of them are perfect out of the box. We’ll make everal adjustments and modifications based on your diving needs.

We will then spend the rest of the time working on several skills in the water. We start out in the pool to get oriented with the gear configuration. We then move into open water to do 4 dives with a minimum of 120 minutes of bottom time total (to graduate). During the open water dives we will continue to run skills and drills until you’ve mastered them.


Course  Prerequisites

  • Certification Levels - Required: PADI Advaced Open Water or equavalent
  • Specialty Levels (Recommended): Nitrox Diver, Drysuit Diver, Deep Diver
  • Experience: 40 logged dives minimum


Regular Price: $1200.00

$875.00 (4 Students max)


Required Equipment

  • Two single cylinders (40 cubic feet or larger)
  • Two primary regulators, each with its own dedicated submersible pressure gauge and inflator hose.
  • A primary sidemount BCD such as the Hollis SMS 75. A dual bladder unit like the SMS100D or XDeep Stealth 2.0 Tec RB is required if the student cannot maintain buoyancy in the event of a bladder failure. A dry suit can serve as the backup BCD.
  • Dive computer (Shearwater Perdix, Petrel 2 or similar gas switch capable unit)
  • Cutting device (Eezy Cut or Z-Cutter)
  • Basic diving equipment (Mask, Fins, Wet or Drysuit etc.)

Course includes: 

  • PADI Sidemount / Tec Sidemount Manual
  • PADI Certification Card
  • Two Weekend Format
  • Top-rated dive boats with hot showers, good meals, jacuzzi's and friendly crew. 
  • Breakfast AND Lunches on island dive trips (Sundays).
  • For Questions or more information about Technical Diving, Sidemount etc. please contact


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