PADI Sidemount Diver


Having scuba tanks on your back is not a requirement for exploring the underwater world. Many scuba divers have discovered the joy of mounting cylinders on their sides. Sidemount diving gives you flexibility and streamlining options. Plus, you do not have to walk with heavy cylinders on your back – just enter the water, clip them on and go.

Along with learning about the many benefits of diving with a sidemount configuration, during one confined water and three open water scuba dives you will learn how to:

  • Properly assemble and configure sidemount scuba diving equipment
  • Trim your weight system and sidemount gear so you’re perfectly balanced in the water
  • Manage gas by switching second stages as planned, if wearing two cylinders
  • Respond correctly to potential problems when sidemount diving