Wearing scuba cylinders on your back to explore the underwater world is no longer a requirement. More and more people are discovering the joy and benefits of mounting cylinders on their sides. Sidemount diving gives you flexibility and streamlining options and you don’t have to walk about with heavy cylinders on your back. Simply enter the water, clip them on and enjoy.
- Open Water Diver (or combine it with your open water course, restrictions apply)
- To be a minimum of 15 years old (with written guardian consent up to the age of 18 yrs)
- Good buoyancy control, ideally using drysuit
WHAT YOU LEARN
Sidemount diving has many benefits compared to standard backmount configuration. During your confined water dive and three open water dives you’ll learn how to: Correctly assemble and configure sidemount scuba diving equipment consisting of cylinders, regulators, wing and harness. Your trim plays a major part in sidemount diving as your positioning in the water is key to providing a solid foundation for skills and your enjoyment on the dive. Gas management plays a big part as you will be diving using two separate cylinders which you will need to swap between at planned pressures. You will also need to respond correctly to any potential problems which may arise whilst sidemount diving.
THE FUN PART
Sidemount diving is simply brilliant. The sense of freedom it gives by not having cylinders on your back is fantastic. The lower profile in the water and the ability to remove cylinders allows easier access through smaller openings in wrecks for suitably trained divers. We don’t just teach sidemount diving as a course, we dive it ourselves for our own pleasure dives, it really is so much more enjoyable.
THE SCUBA GEAR YOU USE
You will use separate twin cylinders (one on each side), 2 separate regulators with special hose configurations, sidemount harness and wing. This is in addition to your usual scuba gear.
THE LEARNING MATERIALS YOU NEED
You need the Sidemount Diver manual. This is a combined manual as it also includes the Tec Sidemount Diver materials so should you wish to go that way one day you already have the book.
YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE
The following courses work well with the Sidemount Diver course as the Enriched Air will enable longer bottom times for all that extra gas you are carrying and some of the more interesting wrecks need longer bottom times to explore them.