PADI Sidemount Diver

Recreational Sidemount Diver

Be one of the first to receive the Recreational Sidemount Diver Specialty. Diving in Sidemount configuration is the process of taking one or two cylinders and placing them on either side of your body, rather than mounting them on your back, (traditionally known as back mount.)

  • Sidemount equipment is an innovative gear arrangement which may be used for all types of diving and is unlike any other gear arrangement that a diver may be accustomed to using.
  • Sidemount equipment configuration facilitates "spot on" buoyancy within minutes and results in a more streamline profile than a conventional gear configuration.
  • Sidemount scuba diving is a safe alternative option for gas management allowing the diver to always see their valves and first stages.
  • Sidemount scuba diving is a different approach to gear configuration which allows the diver to carry both of their tanks on all dives providing greater safety due to the volume of gas.
  • Sidemount can be used for all recreational, reef, wreck, and wall dives. Interested in technical diving? No need to purchase another set of equipment as your sidemount gear will carry you through these advanced levels of training.
  • Sidemount diving is becoming the preferred equipment configuration for extended range dives, cave dives, and deep exploration dives.
  • Prerequisites


    The course will require 2 days of diving (including pool and open water sessions), 1-2 academic sessions, and 3 practical application / equipment configuration sessions.

    Depth Range:

    • Dive 1: Pool - 2 sidemounted main cylinders
    • Dive 2: 20-60 - 2 sidemounted main cylinders
    • Dive 3: 20-60 - 2 sidemounted main cylinders
    • Dive 4: 20-60 - 2 sidemounted main cylinders
    • *If candidate is an Advanced Open Water Diver or higher, Dives 2-4 can be conducted as deep as 100'


    Each diver will be required to have a complete set of personal dive equipment, including:
    • 2 Diving cylinders at least 80 cft for sidemount.
    • Primary & secondary regulators for sidemount
      • One with a seven foot hose for air sharing
      • Both with SPGs (Usually with a 6" HP Hose)
      • At least one regulator must have a low pressure inflator for supplying the BCD
    • BCD & harness configured for technical sidemount diving
    • Exposure protection (dry suit use requires prior dry suit diving experience)
    • Weight system (if needed)


    Equipment provided by SLC Scuba:
    • Emergency Oxygen & first aid kit
    • Forms & support materials
    • Certification: PADI - Recreational Sidemount Diver
    • Cost: $300.00
    • Dates: Please call or e-mail for next available class