PADI Recreational Sidemount
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 from your back 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.
• Equipment considerations
• Gas management
• Attaching cylinders
• Trim and buoyancy
• Deployment of surface marker
• Different water entries
The course is strictly non-decompression and is designed for any diver interested in learning to dive with sidemount configuration. This course is not brand specific and any sidemount unit can be used to teach this course. Maximum depth is 40 meters or within the limit of the students current certification, whichever is shallower.
PADI Sidemount Diver Course can be integrated with PADI TecRec Programs
This course can be combined with a TecRec 40-45-50 course or TecRecTrimix course where sidemount configuration is used instead of backmount. Any TecRec programs conducted in sidemount are to be conducted according to the standardized PADI TecRec outline.
• PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent
• Minimum 15 years of age
Qualifications after certification
Upon successful completion of the PADI Recreational Sidemount course, graduates may engage in sidemount diving activities with maximum two (2) independent tanks without direct supervision provided the following limits are adhered to: Planned dives do not exceed diver’s current certification level.
Number of Dives and Course Duration
• Four (4) dives are required with complete briefs and debriefs by the instructor
• Minimum three (3) days
• Maximum of 4 students per Instructor for Open water dives
Course Duration: 3 Days, including 4 Dives