PADI Tec Sidemount Diver Training Course

Why take a Technical course with Sidemount??

  • You can carry your cylinders into the water one at a time, with minimal risk to your back
  • Availability, you are not limited by the availability of backmount doubles. So long as there are single cylinders available, you can sidemount
  • You can finally look up and clearly see what is in front of you — without banging your head on a manifold
  • You never again have to worry about gas loss due to catastrophic manifold failure — or about your ability to reach your manifold’s isolator in an emergency
  • Perfect for cave or wreck restrictions

Drawbacks?  We DON’T know of any!

All PADI TecRec programs (Tec40, 45 & 50 plus Trimix) can now be conducted in the sidemount configuration, as long as the instructor conducting the course is a sidemount instructor.  Rich Astley is a Sidemount and Tec Sidemount Instructor Trainer, and he can conduct all Tec Rec programs in the sidemount configuration. So, are you ready to start?

Tec Sidemount offers the same benefits as the PADI Sidemount Diver course but gives you the opportunity to dive with more than two cylinders.  It is also a great way to get started in technical diving because the skills you learn in this course will train you to handle multiple cylinders on a single dive. You can combine what you learn in the Tec Sidemount Diver course with other open-circuit tec courses that you take, or certifications you’ve already earned, to take advantage of sidemount’s cylinder configuration and handling advantages.  


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

  • 2 Knowledge development sessions
  • 3 Practical application sessions
  • 2 Confined water sessions
  • 4 Open water dives

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

You will need medical clearance from a physician (within 12 months) to take part in this course.