Discover the balance and efficiency of sidemount scuba diving with your PADI dive instructor. Many divers find sidemount tanks are more comfortable and easier to put on in the water. Sidemount diving is also beneficial for divers who want improved balance and prolonged dives.
Take This Course If You Want to
Experience a different scuba configuration
Improve gas management
Gain insight into basic tec diving techniques
Learn How to
Assemble and configure sidemount equipment
Mount scuba tanks in the water
Adjust your weights for optimal balance
Frog kick to move easily while wearing sidemount
How to Earn Your PADI Sidemount Diver Certification - Complete your Sidemount Diver eLearning coursework online, then meet with a highly-trained PADI Instructor for training dives.
INDEPENDENT STUDY - PADI eLearning®
PADI eLearning® makes it easy to fit scuba certification into a busy schedule. Study online or offline, using a computer or mobile device. Connect with your instructor if you have questions
eLearning time commitment: 2-4 hours
AT THE DIVE SHOP - With Your Instructor
First, you'll make a confined water dive to become familiar with sidemount diving equipment. Your PADI Instructor will also teach you sidemount diving skills including: frog kicking, attaching and removing scuba tanks as you enter and exit the water, unclipping a scuba tank and swimming with the tank in front of you, and how to switch second stages and manage your breathing gas when wearing two scuba tanks. When you’re comfortable with these skills, you’ll make three open water dives where you’ll practice your new skills, buoyancy control and problem solving.
Prerequisites: PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification)
Total time commitment: 2-3 days
Minimum age: 15
Mark Mcgowan (Instructor)