The Sidemount program provides you with the training necessary to independently plan and conduct dives, using sidemount equipment configurations and techniques, within the depth limits allowed by your certification level, and with an equally, or more, qualified dive team. This course will teach you how to dive with two (2) sidemount cylinders to the depth you are currently certified to. It will also allow you to continue your training in a sidemount configuration. For those that choose to, you can select the Extended Range Sidemount course add-on to add technical sidemount diving skills to the course including stage bottle rigging and use.
Why dive sidemount?
Sidemount diving is an adaptation to the traditional way scuba equipment is worn. It moves the scuba cylinder or cylinders from behind you to beside you. This has a list of benefits including:
- More streamlined equipment so it’s easier to move through the water.
- Better balanced equipment so it’s easier to change and hold positions.
- You have easier access to your cylinder valves and first stages so it’s simple to see any issues if they happen underwater and less likely for an issue to arise since they are protected.
- The whole system is modular so it’s easy to replace or repair a single piece should an issue arise.
- It’s also a great course for anyone interested in deep diving, technical diving, and cave or wreck diving because it’s so easy to carry additional gas once you learn the basics of the system.
The list really goes on and on. The sidemount equipment configuration can also be used in many different styles of diving. If you are diving to no-decompression limits but not beyond, many divers choose to dive with either one sidemount cylinder or two smaller sidemount cylinders. Deep divers, cave divers, and/or wreck divers will choose to dive with both full-size cylinders and perhaps even a stage bottle or two. For divers with difficulty carrying more than one cylinder at a time due to size or injury, many sidemount divers will enter the water and then put their gear on to avoid having to lift too much weight out of the water. This is a great option for divers with leg or back injuries or divers without the stature to lift large sets of doubles.