PADI Sidemount Diver Course

PADI Sidemount Diver Course

PADI Sidemount Course
PADI Sidemount Course

Find a new and different way to configure your cylinders with the PADI Sidemount Diver course.  Sidemoung diving offers:

  • an alternate way to streamline in the water
  • easier equipment transportation when topside
  • reduced lower back strain
  • provides redundant gas supply
  • ability to monitor all equipment because it’s in front of you
  • increased gas supply for longer dives

Because you are able to move the cylinders from your back to your side, it instantly takes the pressure off of your back and gives you more flexiblity to move and enjoy your dive.  Plus, you don’t have to walk to the dive site with the cylinders on your back.  You can enter the water and clip  them and go.


  • PADI Open Water
  • At least 15 years old

Course Goals are to;

  • Explain the benefits of sidemount diving
  • Develop student ability to assemble, configure and wear sidemount diving equipment

    Greg exiting the HMCS Chaudiere using Sidemout
    Greg exiting the HMCS Chaudiere using Sidemout
  • Guide students in the skills required to plan and make no stop recreational sidemount dives

What we will do..

  • Course will take 3 days (minimum)
  • 1 confined water session
  • 3 Open water dives
  • 4 hour classroom session

Skills learn’t during the confined water dive;

  • Assemble, don and adjust the sidemount equipment that will be used on the dive
  • Demonstrate an appropriate sidemount entry into water shallow enough in which to stand and donning sidemount cylinders in the water
  • Inflate the BCD to establish buoyancy, swim on the surface into water too deep in which to stand, perform a buoyancy check, and adjust for proper weighting
  • Execute a five-point descent as a team and perform a descent check and bubble check

    Sidemount Cylinders
    Sidemount Cylinders
  • Locate both SPGs and indicate the gas supply in each to the instructor and buddies
  • Throughout the dive, in two-cylinder sidemount, manage gas by switching second stages as planned before the dive.
  • Establish neutral buoyancy and swim using flutter kicks and frog kicks (unless it is not possible for the student due to physical limitations), with a buddy, 24 metres/80 feet to assess balance and trim, to make adjustments as required, and to develop/confirm familiarity with both kicks
  • Recover and clear the second stage from behind/below the cylinder
  • In two-cylinder sidemount, remove and release the second stage of one cylinder, secure the second stage of the other, clear it and begin breathing from it, then recover the first second stage.
  • Establish neutral buoyancy and hover using breath control for at least one minute
  • Respond to a simulated out-of-gas emergency as both the donor and as the receiver by sharing gas with a long hose second stage, then swimming 15 metres/50 feet maintaining contact with a buddy
  • In two-cylinder sidemount, respond to a simulated failed regulator or failed cylinder valve by switching second stages (if necessary to maintain a breathing supply) a shutting down the simulated affected cylinder valve, within 60 seconds.
  • With a buddy, perform a safety stop in midwater for three minutes, not varying from the stop depth depth by more than 2 metres/7 feet
  • Surface in water too deep to stand, establishing positive buoyancy, remove the cylinder(s) and exit the water
  • Establish positive buoyancy, enter water too deep in which to stand and don cylinders, connecting the BCD and other inflators as appropriate for the configuration in use.
  • Swim underwater for a distance of not less than 24 metres/80 feet, including at least one turn of 180 degrees and swimming backwards using only kicks (unless doing so is impossible due to a physical limitation), without making contact with the bottom
  • Disconnect the lower attachment of at least one cylinder, swing it in front with the upper connection in place, swim at least 18 metres/60 feet, then reconnect the lower attachment
  • Execute a proper ascent, and exit the water (any method), then enter the water using a method in which the diver dons the cylinders before entry (giant stride, seated back roll, etc)
  • Throughout the session, respond calmly and appropriately to simulated emergencies presented by the instructor.

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