PADI 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!
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 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 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…..
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.
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.
What scuba gear will I use?
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 are the prerequisites for this course?
If you’re a PADI Open Water Diver who is at least 15 years old, you can enrol in a PADI Sidemount Diver course.
You will also be required to complete:
• PADI Continuing Education Administrative Document – Please ensure you are fit to dive by checking this form.
If you answer YES to any of the questions on the PADI Medical Statement, you will need to get a medical physician to sign the form to confirm fitness to dive prior to any in-water activities.
How do I start?
Visit us at the shop to enroll in the course and get your PADI Sidemount Diver and Tec Sidemount Diver Manual. You can read chapter one before meeting with your instructor to review key points. By studying ahead, you’ll be better prepared to start using your sidemount gear.
If technical diving interests you, chapters two and three of your manual apply to the Tec Sidemount Diver course.