PADI Sidemount Diver Course

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A sidemount configuration (scuba tanks alongside the diver) offers more flexibility and better streamlining options. Learn about the many benefits of diving with a sidemount configuration.

Having scuba tanks on your back isn’t 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 don’t have to walk with heavy cylinders on your back – just enter the water, clip them on and go.

The PADI Sidemount Diver Course trains you how to utilise sidemount cylinders as an alternative to traditional back mount cylinders. This program is recommended to any diver who wants to try something new, as well as for those ones who intent to do cave & wreck diving penetration.

Program Structure

The PADI Sidemount Diver course is a one orientation evening session, pool session and 3 Open Water shore dives.

Orientation Session - Friday evening

Meet you dive buddies and instructor on the first day starting at 6:00pm at Frog Dive Scuba Centre. The evening session consists in knowledge development, practice of skills and gear set up.

Saturday - Pool session and OW dive #1

Jump in on our in-store heated pool for skills development and practice. After all the requirements are met, pack up as it's time to hit the Open Water!

OW Dives are done in one of popular Sydney dive sites, with exact location advised by the instructor.

Sunday - OW dives #2 and #3

OW Dives are done in one of popular Sydney dive sites, with exact location advised by the instructor.

During the course you will cover:

  • Gas matching
  • Gas management for independent cylinders
  • Physiological Considerations
  • Equipment Considerations
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Tight Spaces
  • Water Entries
  • s-Drills for Sidemount

Requirements

  • Student need to be at least 15 years old
  • Hold PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent

What’s Included

  • PADI Sidemount Diver Manual
  • PADI Instructor tuition and administrative fees
  • PADI Sidemount Diver International Certification Card upon completion of the program

What to bring

  • PADI Sidemount Diver Manual knowledge reviews completed on the start of the practical sessions.
  • Towel and swimmers
  • Dry & comfortable clothes for after training sessions
  • Personal accessories for a beach day like hat, sunscreen, tongs, etc
  • Food and drink for ocean dive days
  • Transport to/from dive site
  • Full set for sidemount diving: MSF, wetsuit, sidemount BCD (with enough lift for twin cylinders), 2x dive cylinders with rigging system, 2x regulator sets (primary, 2nd stage & SPG), dive computer, torch, knife, SMB & reel

Sidemount gear hire can be arrange on an extra fee of $50, booking in advance is essential.