PADI Sidemount Diver Training Course

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 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.

Sidemount diving is not a new concept, but its application has spread from cave diving to open water recreational and technical diving. Sidemount diving presents divers with a different approach to equipment configuration, and a new set of skills to master.
Remember that the philosophy of this course is to provide an introduction of the benefits and proper configuration of the use of sidemount equipment for recreational diving, with an emphasis on safety. The goal of this course is to provide a systematic, methodical, approach to recreational sidemount diving, showing how to apply the skills developed using conventional backmounted equipment. Once certified, you will be able to use sidemount equipment comfortably for no stop recreational dives in conditions similar to, or better than, those encountered during training.

Course goals are to:

  • Explain the benefits of sidemount diving
  • Develop student ability to assemble, configure and wear sidemount diving equipment
  • Guide students in the skills required to plan and make no stop recreational sidemount dives


The PADI Sidemount Specialty course consists of the following as a minimum:

  • 1 Knowledge development session
  • 1 Practical application session
  • 1 Confined water session
  • 3 Open water dives

All the equipment you need to complete this course is included in the price.  Of course if you have your own equipment, and it is suitable for sidemount diving (contact me first), we can adjust and configure it for sidemount for use during and after the course.

You can easily combine sidemount diving with any other PADI Specialty you have an interest in.  Contact me for details