PADI SIDEMOUNT 

Find a new and different way to configure your cylinders with the PADI Sidemount Diver course. Sidemount diving offers:

  • An Alternative Way To Streamline In The Water
  • Easier Equipment Transportation When Topside
  • Reduced Lower Back Strain
  • Provides Redundant Gas Supply
  • Ability To Monitor All Equipment Because It’s In Front Of You
  • Increased Gas Supply For Longer Dives

Because you are able to move the cylinder from your back to your side, it instantly takes the pressure off of your back and gives you more flexibility to move and enjoy your dive. Plus, you don’t have to walk to the dive site with the cylinders on your back. You can enter the water and clip them on and go.

Prerequisites:

  • PADI Open Water Diver
  • 15 Years Old

You can easily combine sidemount diving with any other PADI Specialty you have take.

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THE FUN PART

Scuba diving with a sidemount configuration simply means that you carry your tanks at your sides instead of on your back. This can reduce drag and is more comfortable for many divers. Sidemount divers often dive with two smaller tanks that are attached in the water. This makes carrying tanks and kitting up easier, especially for those who have difficulty lifting or walking with a backmounted tank. Technical divers typically need to carry extra cylinders, and believe that using a sidemount setup is the best option.

WHAT YOU LEARN

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, if wearing two cylinders.
  • Respond correctly to potential problems when sidemount diving.

YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE

Configure yourself differently and earn your next certification:

  • Enroll in a Sidemount Diver course at your PADI Dive Center or Resort.
  • Browse the PADI Course Catalog.
  • Check out the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.