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PADI Sidemount

PADI Sidemount Diver Course

A sidemount configuration (scuba tanks alongside of the diver) offers more flexibility and better steamlining 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.

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.

Enroll in the course and get your PADI Sidemount Diver and Tec Sidemount DiverManual. 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.

Course Pre-requisites

  • Have a minimum PADI Open Water certification or equivalent.

Course overview

  • Duration of course 2 days & 1 evening
  • Day 1 – Theory, Gear Configuration & Open Water Dive 1
  • Day 2 – Open Water Dives 2 & 3
  • Minimum of 3 dives.


  • Tuition
  • Air Fills
  • PADI Sidemount and Tec Sidemount Diver Manual
  • PADI Certification Card
  • Hire of Sidemount Harness (if you do not own your own)
  • All mask, fins and wetsuit must be provided by student or can be hired at extra cost.

We recommend that you look at purchasing your own Sidemount Harness System before you begin the course as it is best to learn in your own gear that you are comfortable in. Ask us about your options.

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