Sidemount Diver

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.

Sidemount Diver

Dates

This course is offered on request. Just call us to book your session.

We will offer this course with a minimum of two students.

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Curriculum

Course Curriculum

Before the Program Begins

When you sign up for the course, we'll make arrangements for you to come into the store to pick up your student package which includes your learning material. At that time, we will also review the Required Forms and get you fitted for gear. We encourage you to pick up your student package at least 14 days before your course begins as you will want to complete the learning material prior to your first classroom session.

Class Session

We host the classroom session(s) at the store, prior to your ocean dives. You must have completed your knowledge reviews along with any other required course forms prior to your first classroom session. This is also a good opportunity to purchase any required gear for the course that you may not already own. Finally, if you haven't been fitted for gear or made your rental booking for your dives, we can take care of this during the classroom session. Classroom sessions typically run from 7pm to 9pm, however, you should check the specific course schedule for your program.

Rental Gear Pick Up

While most rental gear is included in our programs, you will still need to make a gear booking to ensure that you get the specific gear and sizes you require for your course. The earlier you make this booking, the easier it is to accommodate your needs. In addition, you will need to pick up your gear, the day prior to your ocean dives. We do not transport gear to the site. We are open on Fridays from 10am to 6pm and Saturdays from 9am to 5pm.

Ocean Dives

Finally, you are ready to head to the ocean! You will complete your dives at one of our local training sites. Meet time is typically 8am at the dive site, however, you should confirm this with your instructor at the classroom session.

At the site, you will be assembling and disassembling your own equipment before, after and between dives. Each dive is briefed and debriefed and logged and lasts between 45 minutes and an hour. The day is usually wrapping up by late afternoon and we return to the shop each day to complete our log books and change tanks or put away gear.

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Gear

What gear will you need?

We Provide:
  • All required learning material.
You Provide:

Sidemount diving has a unique gear configuration. Divers are expected to provide their own gear including:

Personal Gear Safety Gear Specialty Kit
  • mask
  • snorkel
  • fins
  • gloves
  • knife
  • dive computer
  • whistle
  • compass
  • surface marker
  • BCD - sidemount appropriate
  • Regulators - 2 first stages, 2 second stages, 1 x 17" reg hose, 1 x 36" reg hose (ideally with a swivel), 2 x pressure guage (ideally on 6" hoses), 2 LP inflators
  • Tanks - 2 Aluminum 80s (ideally with right and left valves)
  • Weights
  • Appropriate exposure gear
  • Assortment of bungees, cambands, and SS clips
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Prerequisites

Course Prerequisites

You need to have completed your Open Water and Drysuit certifications (or have your own wetsuit suitable for conditions) to enroll in this program.

Minimum age 15

PADI courses are progressive and build on your previous dive experience. For all of our PADI courses, we require that you have recent cold water diving experience to enroll. To determine if you need additonal experience, select the option below which best describes your dive history:

I have been cold water diving in the last six months.

Great. You are ready to join us on this course.

I have been cold water diving but it was between six and twelve months ago.

No problem! Come out for a Local Fun Dive to brush up on your cold water technique.

I have been diving in the last year - but it wasn't cold water.

We can help. Join us for a Discover Local Dive experience to learn about the differences between diving in the warm water and local conditions.

It's been more than a year since I have been in the water.

We understand! Come out and get Reactivated!

I'd like to speak to someone about the best way to get ready for this course.

That's why we are here. Just call and we will help you choose the right first steps.

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Forms

The Fun Part

Trying something new! Sidemount diving is the most modern diving technique and you will be on the cutting edge!

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Course Fee: $350