Sidemount Diver

Do you want amazing freedom of movement in the water or simply want to extend your bottom time? If so then sidemount diving may be for you…


Sidemount diving offers divers a different approach to equipment configuration and an opportunity to learn a completely new set of skills. It takes redundancy to a new level and for many divers who try sidemounts for the first time, the knowledge that their breathing systems are in view at all times is a massive comfort.


What Will I Do?

Your sidemount training will show you how to adapt your current diving skills developed in conventional back mounted BCD/wing configuration for use with sidemounts. The course develops your ability to assemble, configure and understand how to safely use sidemount equipment. Along with the theoretical knowledge to plan, manage and execute no stop recreational sidemount dives within the depth limits of your current certification of Open Water, Advanced Open Water or Deep Diver etc.


What our students say...

Christopher completed his course with us recently after many years of diving single tanks,  here are some of his thoughts:


“Sidemounting is something I have wanted to try for a while, especially after seeing it firsthand in the pool one night. The first session consisted of an orientation and briefing at the dive shop, then a try dive in the 5.5m dive pool. It only took the sight of bungee and shiny Ali 80's to get me salivating and more hooked…..  It was clear by the time I got to the bottom of the pool I would be doing the speciality and this was booked straight after. The speciality course was fantastic with Alex providing great instruction, knowledge and experience….. The whole experience was fantastic. I would highly recommend you try sidemount diving and if it's for you then there is no better person to go to than Alex.” - Christopher Hartley, PADI IDC Staff Instructor


Try something new and get the bit on the side everyone is talking about…..


Your Scuba Gear

Scuba Leeds will provide all your basic sidemount diving equipment, including sidemount cylinders, sidemount regulators and a Hollis SMS Katana sidemount system. We will also provide drysuit and undersuit for your open water dives free of charge. Although all your sidemount gear is included basic mask, snorkel and fins are not included at this level. We would also strongly advise you invest in a sidemount system during your course, but please speak to your Scuba Leeds Sidemount Instructor before purchasing any equipment.


What next?

Once you have mastered Sidemount Diving you will realise just how many new dives and sites that this type of scuba diving unlocks. Many divers use this course as a stepping stone towards longer bottom times and deeper dives. Spending more time underwater is what we all want to do, so some other courses that you might be interested in are:


Nitrox Diver

Tec Sidemount Diver

Tec 40 Diver 

Book the Sidemount Diver & Tec Sidemount Diver programs together and receive a £65 gift voucher to spend in store.