The PADI Sidemount courses are suitable for recreational divers and technical divers. Students will practice valve drills, gas management, out of air scenarios and buoyancy control. Learning to dive this configuration with the cylinder below the shoulders and along the hips, provides more maneuverability which can be useful in tight spaces.
The Sidemount configuration gives a diver the ability to carry two cylinders along each side of their body in a streamlined fashion. What began as more of a technical style has become more common in recreational divers with it’s versatility, comfort and twice the amount of gas. This course will outline the procedures for conducting sidemount dives and is a great addition to your diving qualifications.
Upon completion of the course, you will be certified to a maximum depth of 30 meters, (or 40 meters with the PADI Deep Specialty). With twice as much gas and 2 independent regulators and tanks, it is great for photographers and videographers alike giving them redundancy and a more streamline trim. Sidemount is especially common with the wreck and cave diving community as they can shift tanks around to squeeze through some of the smaller passageways.
Course duration is 2 days and 4 dives.
Your Instructor will cover the following topics and skills:
- Equipment configuration and preparation
- Body posture and trim
- Propulsion techniques
- Gas management
- Proper procedures and emergencies
- Open Water Diver certified (or equivalent)
- 20 logged dives
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