Ships, aeroplanes and even cars are fascinating to explore and usually teem with aquatic life. Each wreck dive offers a chance for a new discovery.
A sidemount configuration (scuba tanks alongside of the diver) offers more flexibility and better streamlining options. Learn about the many benefits of diving with a sidemount configuration.
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. Sound interesting? Sign up for the PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty course.
If you’re a PADI Open Water Diver who is at least 15 years old, you can enroll in a PADI Sidemount Diver course.
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.
The first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask us for more information about credits towards the Advanced Open Water.
What will you learn?
You will complete the knowledge review portion of the course at home before the course starts
At the start of your course, you will spend time in the classroom checking your knowledge reviews.
Then you will have a confined water dive (either in Stoney Cove or in our dedicated heated pool), three Open Water dives in Stoney Cove as well as time spent on the surface practising skills before putting those new skills into practice underwater.
How long will it take?
The course lasts two full days.
What will you get from it?
As a PADI Sidemount Diver, you will learn the correct procedures for managing two independent cylinders, gas management, trim and finning techniques as well as develop skills to effectively enter and exit the water while using sidemount configuration.
You must be 15+ years old to enrol on this course at Stoney Cove
You must be able to swim and be medically fit to dive
PADI Open Water Diver (or equivalent qualification)
Equipment is not included with this course. You will need to provide your own sidemount wing, regulators and sidemount cylinders. We can assist you in choosing the right sidemount equipment. You will also need a dive light a slate, underwater compass, line and reel.
There are no hidden extras with your course at the Diveschool @ Stoney Cove. Entry fees, air fills, suit hire, course materials and PADI certification fees are all included