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SDI Sidemount Diver

You may want to sidemount for various different reasons. Maybe its for comfort and easier logistics or maybe you want to get into somewhere a little tighter than is possible in back mounted configurations. Sidemount is extremely comfortable and versatile and also offers a redundant gas source configuration so also lends itself well to solo diving.

  • The certified diver looking to use a sidemount cylinder instead of the standard back mount unit.
  • SDI Open Water Scuba Diver or equivalent.
  • Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent.

The SDI Sidemount Diver Course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • Gas management utilising independent cylinders
  • Equipment considerations
  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Water entries
  • S-Drills (specific to sidemount)

Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:

  • Plan dive
  • Test and check all equipment (depth gauges, bottom timers/watches and computers)
  • Familiarisation with area
  • Descend to planed depth and not exceed any pre-planned limits
  • Demonstrate the ability to safely manage gas in independent cylinders
  • Monitor depth/time/air consumption, figure all times on slate
  • Demonstrate ability to control buoyancy
  • Attaching sidemount cylinders
  • Perform gas switches
  • Perform safety stops

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in sidemount diving activities without direct supervision, provided the following limits are adhered to:

  • Safety stops as appropriate
  • Planned dives do not exceed diver’s current certification level

Also, the SDI Sidemount Diver certification counts towards a single specialty rating to achieve the SDI Advanced Diver Development program.

  • Perform all land drills and open water dive requirements safely and efficiently
  • Demonstrate mature, sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution
  • Log all dives

Further information from SDI on this course;

Course Overview

Course Standards

What’s included in the course fee?

  • Cylinders & Air fills
  • All supervision/training
  • eLearning when available

What’s not included in the course fee?

  • Additional manuals
  • Additional or remediation dives
  • Additional kit hire

View our current price list here.

If you require further information or wish to book your next course please get in touch.